Moffat County school board members attend state convention |

Moffat County school board members attend state convention

— While the newer members of the Moffat County School District Board of Education still are acclimating to their new positions, they've already gotten some valuable experience early in their terms.

At a meeting Tuesday night, the members of the school board discussed their time at the 73rd annual convention hosted by Colorado Association of School Boards last weekend at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The event brought in members of school boards from across the state for workshops and seminars on ways to improve places of learning as well as things to keep in mind as part of a governing body.

Among the programs open to those from Northwest Colorado and other areas was an introductory session for newcomers, which included most of those representing Moffat County.

Having been part of the board for just less than a year, member Joel Browning said he would have liked to have been able to have such a resource available when he first began.

"That would've been real helpful trying to figure out all the intricacies of education that don't really apply anywhere else, and that class pushed through all that," he said.

A lively speech on leadership by motivational speaker Chip Eichelberger resonated with Browning and fellow board members.

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"It represented that passion that needs to be in our parents and our teachers," Browning said.

Along with industry information on improving facets of schools like food service and technology, the convention also offered the chance to learn more about the financial workings of a school district and how to enhance the measuring of student achievement.

The gamut of districts at the convention also allowed those hailing from Craig to meet and compare notes from people all across the state, including rural regions facing many of the same issues as Moffat County School District.

"It's really a great networking opportunity," said JB Chapman, board president.

Tony Peroulis said he thought the convention was very informative, adding that in the following years, it might be more cost-effective not to send every board member, which involves travel expenses and registration fees.

"I think if we just send a few key people, it will be just as beneficial," he said. "I know that dollars are tight, and I'd like to see us be fiscally responsible."

As part of their chat about what they had learned through Colorado Association of School Boards, members also received a bit of homework, with the task of doing some required reading from the CASB leadership workbook before the January meeting.

Superintendent Joe Petrone, who also attended the convention, said he was pleased to see the impact the event had on all the board members.

"I think we're building a great team," he said.

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In other action

At its monthly meeting Tuesday night, the Moffat County School District Board of Education:

• Heard a report from the Moffat County High School Student Council about upcoming activities such as the school’s talent show, which takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday. The event also will offer audience members the chance to donate to charitable causes.

• Heard a report from school district Athletic Director Rick Schmitz on the state of sports and activities programs.

• Heard a report from Marlo Coates, of Colorado CPA Services, regarding a standard audit of the district’s 2012-13 school year finances. The board later approved the audit report, 6-0.

• Discussed holding a meeting for the community to participate in the search to replace Superintendent Joe Petrone. The planned date for this would be Dec. 17.

• Discussed the possibility of holding an additional work session meeting in January.

• Approved, 6-0, the certification of mill levy funds totaling $14,775,509.

• Approved, 6-0, policies regarding student conduct regarding discipline, suspension, expulsion and use of alcohol, drugs and weapons. Board members also tabled the reading of a policy for student interviews, interrogations, investigations, searches and arrests.

Board member KC Hume was unable to attend the meeting.