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School Board prepares for busy year

Communication and governance the focus

Nicole Inglis
Joe Petrone
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Moffat County School Board meeting

June 23

Agenda:

• 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. Work session on school governance

• 6:30 to 6: 45 p.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, adopt agenda, "Reasons We're Proud," consent items

- Review and sign the following documents: June 11 and June 25 meeting minutes; financial report as of June 30; quarterly general fund financial report; July check registers; July personnel report.

• 6:45 p.m. Report on Craig Middle School dedication process

• 6:55 p.m. Report on staff professional development opportunities

• 7:05 p.m. School building project update

• 7:25 p.m. Action items

- DCS High School HVAC contract

- Federal program representative

- Appoint designated board election official

- Call for nominations for board election

- Recommendation for award of district custodial supplies

- Recommendation for award of district copy paper

Moffat County School Board meeting

June 23

Agenda:

• 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. Work session on school governance

• 6:30 to 6: 45 p.m. Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance, adopt agenda, “Reasons We’re Proud,” consent items

– Review and sign the following documents: June 11 and June 25 meeting minutes; financial report as of June 30; quarterly general fund financial report; July check registers; July personnel report.

• 6:45 p.m. Report on Craig Middle School dedication process

• 6:55 p.m. Report on staff professional development opportunities

• 7:05 p.m. School building project update

• 7:25 p.m. Action items

– DCS High School HVAC contract

– Federal program representative

– Appoint designated board election official

– Call for nominations for board election

– Recommendation for award of district custodial supplies

– Recommendation for award of district copy paper

— For the first time, Joseph Petrone will sit in the superintendent’s chair at tonight’s Moffat County School Board meeting.

He hopes, however, the School Board function will not be altered.

“I want to make certain it’s familiar to the board because they have good strategies in place,” Petrone said. “I want to bring up changes, if we feel there’s a need to strengthen in some areas. We hope to extend what works well and change other things that might need to be revisited. It’s important to have a strong communications base.”

With communication as the focus, the board will begin the meeting with a work session about school governance.

Petrone said the session will be a review of the district’s mission and vision statements, which the board and administrators worked on last summer at a retreat.

“We want to have a reminder so we can all get on the same page with respect to the foundation of principles we use to make our decisions,” he said.

He said the retreat was successful in building strong communication, and he hopes to schedule another retreat for August or September.

He said the relationships between administration and the board is essential to education, even at the classroom level.

“It strengthens what is already strong commitment,” he said. “It will afford us an opportunity to reflect, look forward and work together with a unified approach.”

After the official meeting is called to order, Petrone will address several “Reasons We’re Proud.”

In this segment, he hopes to call attention to the educational programs and activities that have taken place during summer.

He said that through his first summer in Craig he has seen several examples of continuing education, such as a science trip to Costa Rica or a reading program.

“The summer months are usually slow, and we really would like to celebrate the things that are going on,” Petrone said.

The board also has designated a time during the meeting for a presentation on staff development opportunities.

Though school doesn’t start until late August, teachers have a lot to do in preparing for the classroom.

The school district will offer orientation for new teachers starting Aug. 17.

New and returning teachers also will have the opportunity to participate in an Orton-Gillingham reading program training Aug. 3 to 5.

Petrone said this is how the district traditionally begins the year.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to get a head start on what’s certain to be a very busy year,” he said. “We want to be quick to offer opportunities to teach any new staff.”

Other discussions will include a report on building projects and an update on the dedication of the new Craig Middle School.


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