Moffat County School Board meets government-minded students
At its regular monthly meeting Thursday night, the Moffat County School District Board of Education:
• Received a welcome from the staff of Craig Middle School, the unique location for the April meeting. The board also took a tour of the school during the afternoon session, as led by Principal Joe Libby.
• Heard a report from East Elementary School Principal Sarah Hepworth and Andi Murphy, director of the district’s English Language Learner program, about the progress of the English in a Flash program among students. Murphy said parents also are mastering a second language through the curriculum, with many growing by leaps and bounds in their proficiency at this point in the school year.
Students also presented their parents with small awards for this achievement.
• Heard an update from the district’s Understanding by Design team on a recent conference they attended in Los Angeles hosted by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
• Heard from Sunset Elementary School parents and staff about recent projects at the school, including the collection of more than 5,000 books for Friends of Moffat County Education’s 13×3 Book Drive and the efforts by teachers and administrators to continually improve Sunset.
• Heard reports from representatives of Moffat County High School Student Council on upcoming activities such as elections for the 2014-15 school year and a fundraiser to benefit the family of Heather Cruz.
Libby spoke on behalf of CMS’s council, which soon will be hosting elections, as well. He also mentioned the idea of having a student council for all grades in the K-12 system and a current collaboration between MCHS and CMS called a link program that allows older students to help those in the younger grades transition as they advance.
• Heard a report from Rick Schmitz, activities and athletics director, about the recipients of the Dude Dent Award, given out earlier this week; the MCHS track team, which has also been working to get younger athletes interested in the sport; the MCHS boys swimmers and their progression toward state; and today’s MCHS prom.
• Heard a report from FFA Rick Murr and MCHS student members Brice White and Jerica DeLong. The three of them went through a short slideshow, explaining what kind of activities FFA offers to those interested in agriculture and how youths can gain real-world experience, career preparation and business development through the program.
• Heard from MCHS teacher Liane Davis-Kling about five Moffat County students who have worked as interns on behalf of Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, including juniors Calden Scranton, Tiffany Lingo, Treann Quick and Chris Kling and freshman Pearl Wyman. Students have been learning more about the workings of local entities such as MCSD, Moffat County Commission, Craig City Council and The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and passing on important information to Rankin.
This is a “pilot program,” said Davis-Kling, which MCHS will hopefully be able to expand in the future.
• Moved into executive session to discuss a personnel matter
• Approved, 7-0, minutes from meetings in March and April, a general ledger report and revenue and expenditure report for March, a check register and personnel report for April and a quarterly financial report
• Heard presentations from board members about the status of schools within the district. Among the noteworthy items discussed were the district’s Youth Experiencing Success Alternative Program, which will be graduating at least five students this year; recent competition by students at the state level for the Destination Imagination program, new book clubs formed at East Elementary School, the wrestling program at MCHS and more.
• Heard a report from Superintendent-Elect Brent Curtice about discussions with the local GOAL Academy and the Northwest Colorado Home School Association on how to best figure out enrollment numbers in a way that will benefit students.
• Approved, 7-0, the adoption of the Colorado Retention Manual
• Approved, 7-0, first readings of policies regarding paid personnel leave and salary schedule; second readings of policies regarding staff maternity, paternity and parental leave and catastrophic illness or injury leave
• Approved, 7-0, a motion to adopt the 2014-15 school year calendar for the Maybell School
• Approved, 7-0, a motion to change the date of the board’s May 15 meeting to May 29
• Approved, 6-1, a proposal to reorganize the woods program at MCHS
• Heard from MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger about high school graduation, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 24 at the MCHS gymnasium