Driver’s education back in business

by nathan oster

Greybull High School’s driver’s education program appears to be on the road again.

With a big assist from the town, which agreed last month to pay for the teacher’s stipend, the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees on Tuesday night agreed to begin advertising for a driver’s education instructor.

As part of the same motion, the board also agreed to begin working toward an acceptable Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the school district and the town regarding the funding of the program.

In the past, GHS has offered driver’s education in the summer for up to 12 students for $100 per student.  The teacher who did it last summer, Mr. Jensen, is no longer with the district, and until now, the challenge has been finding a certified instructor (or at least, one willing to get certified) to lead the class.

The board followed GHS Principal Barry Bryant’s recommendation to not pay the certification costs, if the teacher who is hired is not already certified to teach driver’s education.  “I don’t think it’s right for us to have to pay for their endorsement … and pay them to teach,” he said.


Personnel moves

The board made several personnel moves.

The resignation of Kris McNay, a paraprofessional at Greybull Middle School, was accepted.

On the hiring side, the board filled several teaching slots for the 2012-13 school year.

The list of new hires included:

• Michael Jaycox, who will take over next year as the middle school and high school music teacher, replacing David Nighswonger, who resigned.  Jaycox is currently a student teacher in the Buffalo school district.

• Julie Oster, who was hired as a special education teacher at Greybull High School, where she recently completed her student teaching.  The position is a new one, created last month by the board

• Kallie Young and Nathaniel Boyer, who will move into elementary teaching vacancies.

• Justin R. Bernhardt, who will take over for Josh Heinemeyer as the head coach of the GHS football team. Berhnardt was an assistant coach at Rocky Mountain College and has held two different high school head coaching positions, most recently in Nebraska.


Other news

In other business:

• The board awarded the bid for the district central office firewall project to Diamond Point Construction, located in Buffalo.  Diamond Point had the low bid, $250,000, considerably lower than the district engineer’s estimate.

The project will address safety, with a firewall going in to separate the bus barn from the office space area; the ADA compliance of the restroom; heating and ventilation, and enhance the building’s usefulness with upgrades to the lift and storage area.

• The board recognized the home-school registrations of Theodore (8), Thomas (10) and Jordan (15) Knight.

• The board moved to follow the recommendation of GHS Principal Barry Bryant with respect to the fate of a 16-year-old boy who was found to be in possession of a hunting rifle on school grounds.  The rifle was found during a random search of school campuses led by local police.

School policy sets the penalty for such an offense as a one-year expulsion from school, but the board went along with Bryant’s suggestion to suspend the boy only through the end of the current school year.

Until then, the school district will make arrangements for the boy to continue to receive his class assignments.  The boy must stay off school grounds, but will be permitted to use the pool under a special condition allowed by the school board.