Board signs off on AD, coach hirings

by nathan oster

The Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees on Tuesday hired a new head high school volleyball coach and activities director and filled three vacant positions at Greybull Elementary School.

Sara Schlattmann, the district’s curriculum and grants coordinator, added a new title, as she was the board’s choice to replace Brittany Miller as head coach of the Greybull Lady Buff volleyball program.  A Greybull native and GHS graduate, Schlattmann has been serving an assistant coach under Miller.

Nolan Tracy, meanwhile, got the nod for the activities director position that was also vacated by Miller.  Tracy is a PE teacher and an assistant boys basketball and track coach for GHS.

In terms of teaching positions, the board hired Kimberly Pebbles as an elementary special education teacher, Ryan Harder as an elementary teacher and Jeremy Brandl as the elementary physical education teacher.

On the outgoing side, the board accepted the resignation of Todd Zeller, assistant coach for the Greybull-Riverside wrestling program.

In other school board news Tuesday night:

• Em Wilson and Troy Wilkinson were recognized as the district’s stakeholders of the month.

• The monthly teacher spotlight shined on Ken Jensen, a social studies teacher at GMS.  Principal Scott McBride noted that Jensen has been teaching at GMS for 40 years, and during that time, has served as a coach, statistician and referee in multiple sports.

• Dee Robertson was honored as the district’s teacher of the year.  Bryant said Robertson was nominated for the award by her students  — which is the highest accolade a teacher can receive. “Thank you for being a wonderful school district,” said Robertson, in response.  “I love my job … and you pay me too!”

• The board approved an out-of-district request of Desaray Grouns, a Basin woman who wants her children, ages 6 and 9, to attend Greybull schools during the 2013-14 school year.  Her daughter, age 9, will be in the fourth grade, while her son, age 6, will be a kindergartener.  With space available at both those grade levels, the board approved the request.

• McKenna Powers provided the Student Council report, noting that in addition to Make-A-Wish fundraising, the council is doing “appreciation” events for both teachers and custodians.

• The board recognized the home-school registrations of Alyssa Roll, Emily Roll and Karis Bresach.

• A joint activities agreement between the Greybull and Basin school districts for the 2013-14 school year was approved by the board.  Based on 2012-13 participation levels, Greybull will pick up 67 percent of the costs, Basin 33 percent.

• The board got its first look at the proposed budgets for the school and recreation districts.  While it’s too early to know specifics, business manager Sandi Menke said district expects to receive between $8 and $8.2 million from the state and county taxes. The district expects to again contribute money outside the funding model for both the school lunch program ($140,000) and for employee salaries and benefits ($200,000).

• The district began moving toward the creation of a “consent agenda” as a way of expediting meetings.  “Consent” items are those that usually don’t require discussion or explanation prior to school board action and are considered to be noncontroversial in nature. At the request of any board member, items could be pulled from the consent agenda and discussed.  The board agreed that it would be a good step, approving the “consent agenda” policy revisions on first reading