School board fills paraeducator posts

by nathan oster

The Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees on Tuesday filled six vacant positions, including three extra-curricular posts as well as a paraeducator position that was vacated by a teacher who spent 23 years with the district.

Susan McGuire resigned as a Title I paraeducator, effective Aug. 17. She is teaching in Sheridan, where she and her husband Bob are in the process of relocating. McGuire spent 23 years with the district.

To fill McGuire’s position, the board chose an internal candidate. Michelle McColloch, who had been serving as a special education paraeducator at the elementary school, was hired to step into the role held by McGuire.

McColloch’s former position was then filled with the hiring of Kaitlyn Barnes.

The extracurricular assignments that were approved by the board on Tuesday included Renae Waddell, as GHS Senate co-sponsor; Mike Blissett, as GHS National Honor Society sponsor; and Josh Heinemeyer, as GMS assistant boys basketball coach.

 

Other news

In other business on Tuesday night:

  • Calder Forcella presented the student government update, telling the board that the student body had chosen a tropical theme for next week’s homecoming celebration and that the dance would be held on the night of Saturday, Sept. 20.

An effort is underway to get an ATM machine in the school.

For this year’s schoolwide fundraising campaign, the student body is considering something different, such as perhaps raising money for ALS, rather than Make-A-Wish which has been the beneficiary of recent campaigns.

  • GES Principal Brent Suiter announced that planning is underway for an upcoming Muffins for Moms event before school in late October. A Donuts for Dads event will follow in November.
  • The board approved out-of-district requests from 12 students wishing to attend Greybull schools during the 2014-15 school year.   While the majority of them attended school in Greybull last year, five students are new to the district.
  • The board gave first reading to policies dealing with registered sex offenders on school property. Tracy Copenhaver, the school district’s attorney, recommended the new policy, and the district used one he provided to the state school board association as a model policy.

The new policy would require registered sex offenders requesting permission to be on school property under conditions not already specified under state law to have written permission.

“In compliance with this law,” the policy reads, “registered sex offenders seeking written permission to be on school property, or to attend a school event located elsewhere, are required to submit (a form) to the appropriate principal no later than three days in advance of the date he or she is requesting.

“A reply to this written request will be given prior to the requested date. Only the superintendent may grant permission for this request after consulting with the appropriate principal.”

Bryant said the board can make the policy even more stringent, if it desires to do so.

The applicant will need to pick up a form at the central office.

“Our number one concern is student safety,” he said. “We’re going to follow the law and err on the side of the safety of our kids, always.”

  • The board moved the October meeting to Thursday, Oct. 9 because Supt. Bryant will be out of town on the regular meeting night. Bryant will be an evaluator for the AdvancEd state accreditation team for Lincoln County School District, an experience he feels will be beneficial since the Greybull schools will be going through the accreditation process next year.
  • All three building principals reported increasing enrollments. As of Tuesday, there were 219 students at GES, 122 at GMS and 191 at GHS, for a total of 532.

GMS is planning an open house for parents on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

GHS held its open house for parents last week. Thirty parents attended. While more than last year, school officials were hoping for more, according to Flock, who said the district plans to continue offering the open houses in the future.

 

 

Special Services Director Lee Clucas said a report on special education indicators produced a positive report for the 2012-13 school year. The district came away with a score of 99.4 percent, which compared favorably to the state score of 96.4 percent and the cohort score of 97.3 percent.

In his report, Supt. Bryant stated that construction of the new middle school is progressing nicely. “They should be through pouring footers this week and (AW Hunt Construction) will be back (Wednesday) to finish forming up the little walls. We’re hoping to have most of that poured by Friday.”

Meanwhile, planning for the remodel of the old middle school has begun. The district plans to turn it into a central office for the district.

Two projects that the district submitted for state funding — one to complete the lock system project for $138,000, the other providing for the resurfacing of the GES playground, at $150,000 —will be considered for legislative approval next session.

  • The school district is planning a special presentation on Common Core for Tuesday, Sept. 23.
  • The district has heard from patrons who are disappointed by TCT’s decision to stop filming community events. Bryant said he’s spoken with a TCT representative who has indicated a willingness to train whoever is interested in learning how to broadcast events. It’ll take volunteers to make it happen. Bryant said he and Mike Meredith are hoping to pull off the broadcasting of the homecoming volleyball and football contests on Friday, Sept. 23.