by nathan oster
The Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of education accepted the resignation of a 25-year employee, Vickie Collingwood, and approved a dozen new hires during their meeting Tuesday night at GHS.
In a letter dated May 24 — the last day of school — Collingwood announced her plan to step down, saying it was with “mixed emotions. It has been a privilege and a joy to serve the children of Greybull Elementary for the past 25 years. I have by far learned more from them than they have from me.
“It has been a passion and love that I have dedicated my heart and soul to, but feel it is time to pursue other avenues.”
Collingwood, in her letter, went on to thank the board for the supportive role that it played and its commitment to education and the children of the community.
The board also accepted the resignation of Justin Bernhardt, who had been serving as a GHS Senate sponsor.
On the hiring side, the board had a list of 12 that it approved in one swoop, including hiring Christine Farmer to teach second grade and Cody Kalberer to serve as a GMS math interventionist/English Language Learners specialist.
Ten extracurricular posts were also filled, including four at the high school and six at the middle school. They are as follows:
• Laura Hodgson, GHS assistant girls basketball coach;
• Jeremy Brandl, GHS assistant football coach;
• Laura Hodgson, GHS assistant volleyball coach;
• Brand Ogg, GHS assistant wrestling coach.
At the middle school level, the following hires were approved:
• Renae Waddell, GMS head volleyball coach;
• Becky Sorensen, GMS assistant volleyball coach;
• Tami Wright, GMS assistant girls basketball coach;
• Hanson Jordan, GMS assistant track coach;
• Jeremy Brandl, GMS assistant wrestling coach; and
• Dusty Hill, GMS assistant football coach.
In other school board business Tuesday night:
• The school board recognized three stakeholders of the month: The Rev. Becky Anderson, Jean Petty (for serving as a Wyoming School Board’s Association advocacy liaison), and David Bottom, executive director of The Shack.
• The board approved an out-of-district request that will allow Chad and Jamie Keisel’s three children — Gabriel, ninth grade; Zackary, seventh grade; and Abigail, fifth grade — to attend Greybull schools this coming year.
• The agenda for future meetings is going to look a little different due to policy changes approved by the school board Tuesday night. A consent agenda is being added to quickly dispatch of items considered to be routine and non-controversial or have already been discussed.
• By appointment, the board chose Sandi Menke to continue to serve on the School Risk Retention Program board of directors.
• The board approved school-wide Title I status for Greybull High School. With the move, GHS joined GMS and GES, both of which had already been granted Title I status.
“This will allow utilizing Title I funds schoolwide for GHS and not just for targeted students,” said Supt. Barry Bryant in his staff report. “The priority still remains GES, GMS, and GHS for fund allocations.
“This status could also help to acquire other grants based on being schoolwide Title I.”
The board complemented curriculum and grants coordinator Sara Schlattmann and GHS Principal Ty Flock for their behind-the-scenes work on the Title I designation.