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School District going back to DOLA

Bridget Manley

The Moffat County School District is looking for more financial help from a state fund after a previous grant received the green light.

Now, district officials recently received word that the Department of Local Affairs had approved a $500,000 grant the School District applied for in March. Funds from the grant will place a new 30-year, three-layer roof on the School District’s new middle school.

District officials are going back to DOLA, this time requesting about $480,000 to upgrade the middle school’s auditorium and enlarge its auxiliary gym.

The new middle school will be built on Craig Middle School’s current site and will incorporate existing auditorium, gym and industrial arts complexes.

The School District will offer around $285,000 to match the grant, bringing the grant package close to $765,000.

The sum will cover the entire cost of the two projects.

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Stage and sound system improvements are a few of the planned auditorium upgrades.

“The acoustics in there are still good,” district finance director Mark Rydberg said. “It just needs a little bit of work that, quite frankly, didn’t make the cut” when the School District made a list of its bond issue projects.

Capital improvements to the middle school included in a $29.5 million bond issue passed in November 2007, which will meet the school’s academic needs. Any additional improvements will focus on both students and the community at large.

“We see an opportunity for the community to be enriched by a bigger gym space and … greater improvement in the auditorium,” Rydberg said.

Board reviews goals

At its monthly meeting Thursday night, the Moffat County School Board reviewed its goals for the 2008-09 school year.

Making the transition into new facilities and a new grade configuration is near the top of the School District’s essential goals. District officials also identified improving students’ writing skills as a goal for the 2008-09 school year.

District superintendent Pete Bergmann identified improving students’ writing scores as the district’s greatest area of need after about half or fewer of students in third through 10th grades had scored proficient or advanced on the 2008 Colorado Student Assessment Program’s writing test.

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

Comparing a list of goals from past school years hints to the changing concerns the School District has faced recently.

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.

In other actions

At its monthly meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School Board:

Approved minutes from its July 10 and July 31 meetings

Reviewed a financial report as of July 31, 2008

Reviewed check registers from August 2008

Reviewed a personnel report for August 2008

Heard a report on the School District’s ideals, vision and mission

Discussed goals for the 2008-09 school year

Approved a second reading of Policy 5113, Inter-District Choice and Open Enrollment

Tabled first readings of Policy 8135, MCSD Mission Statement and Policy 8140, School Board Goals and Objectives