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Rick Penner out as Moffat County athletic director

Board hires Matt Ray as interim replacement for 'missing' man

Bridget Manley

— At its monthly meeting Thursday night, the Moffat County School District declared Rick Penner had abandoned his post as the district’s athletic director.

After an executive session, called to discuss personnel, the board, in open session, hired Matt Ray as interim athletic director for the 2008-09 school year.

On Monday, Moffat County High School principal Thom Schnellinger filed a missing person’s report with Craig Police after Penner had not shown up for work for what was then four days.

“Due to his non-attendance and his neglect of duties : we have assumed that (he) has quit : and we are moving forward in the best interest of the School District,” district Superintendent Pete Bergmann said following the meeting.

Police followed up on the report and contacted Penner on Wednesday.

However, also as of Wednesday, Penner had not contacted the School District.

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Ray is a physical education teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School. The School District hired Craig Mortenson, a retired PE teacher, to replace Ray at Ridgeview.

Board postpones approving mission statement

The Moffat County School District isn’t ready to release its mission statement for the 2008-09 school year.

At least, not yet.

At its monthly meeting Thursday night, the School Board tabled first readings on two policies: one on the district’s mission statement, the second on its goals and objectives.

Superintendent Pete Bergmann and board members said they wanted to gather feedback from school staff before going forward with the policies.

Rod Durham, School Board president, approved of the district’s mission statement.

The mission statement focuses on providing high student achievement and proceeds to describe what benchmarks meet that end.

“I like it,” he said. “It’s short; it says what we want it to say.”

Still, the School Board wanted to hear from teachers before it made the statement final.

School board reviews goals

Comparing a list of goals from past school years hints to the changing concerns the School District has faced in a three-year period.

In 2005-06, School District officials named fine-tuning common assessments and the basic skills all students should know, or “essential learnings,” as one of its four yearly goals.

For the 2006-07 school year, implementing a Response to Intervention process and increasing revenue while cutting costs ranked on the School District’s main targets.

This year, making the transition into new facilities and a new grade configuration is near the top of the School District’s essential goals.

School District officials also identified improving students’ writing skills as a goal for the 2008-09 school year.

Finally, improving interventions through teaching strategies adapted to different students’ needs rounds out the School District’s goals this year.

For an update on the School District’s Department of Local Affairs grant applications, as well as other School Board action, see the Saturday Morning Press.