New Moffat County Board of Education sworn-in, takes first actions
CRAIG — The Moffat County School Board of Education swore in four new members, selected officers and recognized former board members, then rolled up their sleeves to begin the work of governing the public schools during the board’s regular meeting Tuesday.
“I would like to congratulate everyone who ran for election. Remember, always, you represent the community, and, hopefully, you recognize that and accept the responsibility,” said outgoing board President Darrell Camilletti. “It is critical to the community that we have a school system that people want to move to Craig and put their kids into. It is the foundation of the community. You are an important part of the equation.”
Following are highlights from the new board’s first meeting and work session.
• The oath of office was administered to new board members Lee Atkin, Chip McIntyre, Chris Thome and Dr. Elise Sullivan. They join Jo Ann Baxter and Jo Beth Tupa on the board. The seventh seat is vacant and will be filled in January through board appointment.
• New officers were elected. Baxter was unanimously elected president. Tupa and McIntyre were nominated to serve as vice-president. A tied vote invalidated the initial election, and Tupa and Atkin were nominated for the second vote. Atkin won the seat. Sullivan was unanimously elected secretary, and Chip McIntyre was elected treasurer.
• Outgoing board members Tony Peroulis, Sue Voloshin and former board president Camilletti were recognized with plaques for their service to the school district and plaques from the Moffat County High School Athletics Department for support of school activities. Superintendent David Ulrich also thanked board members.
“This opportunity that I have been given has been fulfilling beyond my wildest imagination,” Ulrich said. “This group took a chance on someone who had never done this job and wasn’t even from this state.”
“I wish the new board good luck in all their future endeavors, Peroulis said. “It’s a job where you will roll your sleeves up and go to work. I think that things are headed in the right direction, and keep up the hard work,” Peroulis said.
Voloshin joined Camilletti and Peroulis in well wishing the new board, offering words of advice.
“I want you to remember that it is about the kids,” she said. “Please keep that in the forefront.”
• The newly seated board passed a resolution to allow the Qualified Zone Academy Bond process to continue to move forward.
“This is another procedural step that we have to go through to continue to make us eligible. We have received the state acceptance letter (and) money is in place if the district decides to move forward. This resolution does not bind the board,” Ulrich said.
The resolution was passed unanimously.
The next step is for the bond broker to secure the backing of financial institutions and bring a final, binding resolution to the board in December.
• The work session featured a public hearing on East Elementary School’s priority improvement status, required as part of a process to improve student performance at the school. The board also heard a presentation about school closure by the Blyth Group, a presentation of the annual audit and a briefing about Gov. John Hickenlooper’s 2018-19 budget proposal, which would bring about an increase in per-pupil funding for the school.
No actions were taken during the work session, nor was the name of the school to be recommended for closure provided.
At its next meeting, the board is expected to approve the final audit, review and approve East Elementary School’s improvement plan and reveal the name of the school recommended for closure.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.