School board awards property bids, considers exit interviews, corporate sponsorship |

School board awards property bids, considers exit interviews, corporate sponsorship

Lauren Blair

— The Moffat County School District Board of Education kicked off the new school year with a monthly meeting in the Moffat County High School library. The work session and meeting covered a range of updates and housekeeping items.

• The board voted to accept the highest bids on each of the two properties it is selling. Bids were opened publicly on Wednesday. The property on the corner of Breeze and Seventh streets was awarded to Pete Pleasant with a bid of $60,022. Other bidders were Thomas Gilchrist with a bid of $30,501.25, Justin Jenison with a bid of $25,000 and Robert Meckley with a bid of $20,000.

Only one bid was submitted for the property north of East 13th Street from Randal Call for $25,508.

• MCSD Superintendent Brent Curtice presented the board with samples of exit interviews for the board’s consideration. Board member Tony St. John requested the district consider instituting exit interviews at a prior board meeting.

• MCSD Director of Curriculum and Assessments Amy Ward shared with the board that Moffat County schools will retain the same accreditation ratings as last year, due to changes in assessments on the state level.

Ridgeview and East elementary school are both rated Performance schools by the Colorado Department of Education, the top rating, with all other Moffat County schools holding an Improvement rating, the second highest. Other ratings are Priority Improvement and Turnaround.

In lieu of updated ratings from the state, the district will “try to use as much local data as possible because that’s our temperature check,” Ward said.

• MCSD Director of Educator Effectiveness Zack Allen reported that the district’s new Shared School has a total registration of 40 students. Most of the students are funded by the state on a part-time basis, adding up to a preliminary funded count of 18.

Allen also shared data gathered on enrollment in other private and homeschool institutions, reporting that 83 students are currently enrolled at GOAL Academy, an estimated 55 at Northwest Colorado Homeschool Association and 10 students in other online public schools. He is awaiting further data on the number of students who have left the district for other neighboring districts.

• A motion to approve corporate sponsorship based on a proposal from Farmer’s Insurance died for lack of a second from the board.

• Craig Middle School Assistant Principal John Hadden shared that so far, CMS students have harvested and donated 25 pounds of potatoes, squash and green beans to St. Michael’s Community Kitchen from their school garden.

• The board heard from Amy Ward that the company responsible for creating Understanding By Design, the framework the district has used to align standards, curriculum and assessments, would like to showcase MCSD in an upcoming publication.

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

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