Moffat County High School pool, football coaches, recognitions discussed at school board meeting |

Moffat County High School pool, football coaches, recognitions discussed at school board meeting

Athletic Director Mike Mitchell updates the board and community on Moffat County School District athletics at the monthly school board meeting Thursday evening at Ridgeview Elementary School.
Lauren Blair

At its monthly meeting, the Moffat County School District Board of Education did the following:

• Recognized the MCSD Transportation Department for its service to the community.

“They’re the silent force that we have behind the school district,” board member Tony St. John said. “And I’m sure we’ll see the others that keep our kids healthy and going to school.”

• Heard from Athletic Director Mike Mitchell, who drew the board’s attention to issues with the MCHS swimming pool and weight room.

“The swimming pool at Moffat County definitely has a land problem underneath. It seems like in the next years, it’s going to require some large money,” Mitchell said. “The weight room is sorely inadequate – that’s something that’s much closer to the front burner than the rear burner.”

With annual pool maintenance costs at $85,000 to $90,000, according to Mitchell, he suggested that the district’s budget constraints could require the pool to be closed down eventually.

• Mitchell recognized the MCHS band and choir for attendance at the all-state competition.

Mitchell also recognized fall coaches Starla Jensen, Erin Knez, Harry and Erica Tripp, Susan Turner and Keith Gille for their accomplishments, as well as Craig Middle School coaches Sarah Linsacum and Norm Yoast.

“I can promise you you’ll be seeing some big things next year and we took a big step this year,” Mitchell said.

Students Isaac Montoya, Trevor Kuhn and Brett Loyd were acknowledged for their accomplishments as outstanding student athletes.

• MCHS Principal Kelly McCormick presented to board members a newly drafted document outlining expectations on coaching duties.

“First on the list is student safety, that is the utmost important thing,” McCormick said. “Second is how our teams represent Moffat County: all class, all the time.”

• Heard from two different community members during the public participation period, Dave Fleming and Ron Linsacum, regarding an alleged hazing incident during summer training.

They each voiced their support of the board and Superintendent Brent Curtice’s decision to let go of MCHS football coaches.

Fleming said he felt the actions “were made in the best interest of the kids.”

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.

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