Monthly Archives: September 2013

Pool, economy top community concerns

by nathan oster

An estimated 500 people participated in last week’s community assessment by completing online and paper surveys and attending the 14 listening sessions held around town.

The assessment process ended with a presentation Thursday night in the Herb Asp Community Center, where members of the resource team presented an overview of the major themes that emerged.

Team member Andrea Massey presented an overview of the problems and challenges that were at the forefront of people’s minds during the listening sessions and on the surveys.

Topping the list, she said, is the lack of a swimming pool.

“That was a big one,” she said.

So was the economy.  “Jobs, jobs, jobs … we heard that over and over again,” she said.

Other problems and challenges included the need for more industrial growth, attracting tourists and getting them to spend time here and a perceived growing negative attitude among citizens.

People also expressed concern about there being nothing for kids to do, not enough nice rentals, a lack of affordable housing and a lack of assisted living units for the elderly.

“The empty buildings on main street was another one,” said Massey.  “We also heard that there is a lack of housing opportunities; people want to know, where are we going to build those houses if people come?”

Massey said the team got an overwhelming number of surveys from young people.  In almost all cases, surveys were completed by students as assignments.

“Bullying in the schools is a really big deal here; we heard that loud and clear,” she said. “Drugs and alcohol, too.”

Lastly she mentioned the need for more volunteers to step up and take roles in the community.

 

Assets

Kristen Phipps outlined the strengths of the community.

Topping the list: “To a lot of people, this is home,” she said. “A lot of people have been residents here for a long time.  That’s a strength.”

The team also heard a lot of positive feedback about the concrete walk path (an idea that emerged in the 2002 community assessment) as well as the fact that it “has some of the finest, world-class geological and paleontological sites in the world.”

Other assets included having “people who are willing to make Greybull a better place to live,” as well as the community’s can-do spirit and the number of artistic people who live here.

“We also heard that this is such an awesome place to raise kids; in fact, we heard that a lot,” said Phipps.

The first responders are an asset, she said, as are the town’s youth.

According to Phipps, one person said, “Fantastic schools, fantastic grocer, friendly older folks, nice parks and we’re so close to the mountains.”

Added Phipps, “People feel it’s a great small town where people are friendly, schools are outstanding and there are plenty of activities; word just needs to get out.

“We heard this town has great people with great ideas.  Many don’t think the same, politically or personally, but they all care about making this a better town.”

 

Projects

Survey respondents were also asked to identify projects they would like to see pursued in the next two, five, 10 and 20 years.  Here’s a list of some of the things the team heard.

• An all-season, family recreation facility on the mesa by the ballfields;

• Reinstate the jake brake light and create silent railroad crossings.

• Concerts in the park.

• More things for people to do, including arcade rooms, bowling alley and movie theater.

• Improved town and chamber websites where people can get more community information.

• Reopen Antelope Butte

• Create a safe walking route to the ballfields at the Art Schutte Athletic Complex

• A park along the Big Horn River.

• Swimming pool, with various themes, including a wading pool, an outdoor pool or an indoor pool.

• Improved entrances to the community

• Trail system on BLM lands

• Restoration and maintenance of the town’s old buildings

• Assisted living facility

• Finish The Shack

• CD containing information about day trips out of Greybull

• Change how the town does things.  One said, “Take a risk. Get a little spunkier.”

 

Student input

The team came away with a large stack of surveys completed by students.  Shelby Winkler, a senior at GHS, presented an overview of what the students had to say.

The government class at GHS tallied the survey data.

“A lot said our biggest weakness is the lack of jobs,” she said. “The student body feels the town needs more places for students to work.

“Another one was the pool. We really do miss that pool a lot.  They don’t care if it’s fancy, indoor or outdoor, they just want a pool again.”

Students also said the town lacks entertainment options. “They wish there was something to do here on the weekends, something like a bowling alley or an arcade.”

Winkler said strengths identified by the students included their education, the way people pitch in to help people in need and the cleanliness of the community.

Projects high on the students’ lists include a bowling alley, swimming pool and additional eating establishments.

Themes

Dan Clark discussed the five themes that emerged.

Jobs was the big one.  There is an underutilization of town assets (industrial park, railroad, airport), as well as a need for downtown revitalization. Business recruitment and retention, housing and tourism were other big themes.

A second theme was the need for additional community facilities, including a pool, a museum (“some would like it by the airport, others are interested in an anthropological/natural science type of museum. There are many things that could go into a museum complex,” he said.)  A multi-use community center was also high on the list.

A third theme dealt with promotion and specifically, the need for new town entrance signs, beautification, marketing and community events.

The fourth theme deal with people.  Clark mentioned the need for improved communication, more volunteers and better teamwork. “One comment we got was, ‘We don’t play together very well.”  There was also a desire for the community to be “more proactive than reactive.”  The town’s growing Hispanic population also was mentioned, as was the gulf between the old and the young. “Twenty years ago, diversity here meant someone with red hair; now it’s different than that.”  Diversity can be a tremendous resource. It brings vibrancy, he said.

The fifth and final theme deal with the community’s youth and for the community to come together to solve the problems of bullying, drug and alcohol abuse and the need for more activities for the young people.

Next step

Members of the assessment team were volunteers and the only expense to the town was reimbursement of their food and lodging costs.

Porter said the total is likely to be in the range of $1,000.

“It would have cost you $50,000 to $70,000 if you’d have hired it out,” he said, adding that the contributions of team members will count as “in kind” contributions for any future grants the towns pursues.

Porter said the team’s report would be finalized within four to six weeks. It will contain suggestions and recommendations, plus a listing of resources available to the town.  The report will be shared with the town and posted online at wyomingrural.org.

Team members will return in two to three months for a priority setting meeting.

“That’ll be your opportunity to set the direction for the community,” said Porter.

Homecoming royalty will be crowned on gridiron Friday

Will it be Nevin Brown, Ales Preis or Jarely Castro?

Paul Stewart, Kyler Flock or Cesar Garay?

Those are the questions that will be answered Friday night when the 2013 GHS homecoming queen and king are announced and crowned at the halftime of the Greybull-Pinedale football game.

Attendants include: Freshmen: Tré Nelson and Stevie Wamhoff; sophomores Jorge Carmona and Karla Corral, and juniors, Wyatt Nielson and Lynae McBride.

Culminating this week’s events will be the volleyball match with Burlington, football game versus Pinedale and the homecoming dance in the middle school gym.

If you think you’re seeing “double” today (Thursday, Sept. 26) it’s because it has been designated as “twin day” at GHS. Tomorrow students will show their school spirit by donning blue and gold.

Thursday’s schedule also includes a water balloon competition at 6:30 p.m., followed by the burning of the G in the lot north of the Buff Gym.

The homecoming parade will start at 12:15 p.m., leaving from the Overland Express and proceeding south to the stoplight, east to the library, south to Fifth Avenue South, then past the elementary school en route for home.

 

Senior center event

The Big Horn County Prevention Alliance is sponsoring a special event to cap off homecoming week at Greybull High School.

The South Big Horn Senior Center will be opened up to all GHS students on Friday night — whether they attend the homecoming dance or not.  A movie will be shown and there will be lots of food and games.

For those who don’t want to go to the dance, the center will open around 10.  The center will remain open until well after the dance ends for those who do.  Closing time will likely be around 2 or 2:30.

“We just want to give kids a place to hang out,” said Karen Sylvester of the prevention alliance.

For more information, contact Sylvester, 272-8503.

 

 

Flag flown in Afghanistan gifted to GMS

by marlys good

Step into the office at the Greybull Middle School and the first thing to draw your eye will be the American flag, militarily folded, in a beautiful walnut frame, hanging on the north wall.

The flag has a special significance. It flew over the Regional Command South Headquarters on Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan and was sent to the school by former GHS band/choir instructor, Marc Graham, who resigned his position with Big Horn County School District No. 3 to join the U.S. Army as a bandsperson.

Graham, who joined the Army in 2011, was one of 10 members from the Third ID Band deployed to the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan from January to July.

Graham said the 10 musicians were capable of performing as a large rock band with horn section, small rock band, jazz combo, brass quintet, acoustic duo, New Orleans brass band, and with solo bugler and solo vocalist.

They performed missions at many of the Forward Operating Bases, for thousands of troops. “We also played for ceremonies, concerts, parties, and a variety of morale boosting events and supported ceremonies for our fallen heroes,” Graham shared in an email.

Graham explained that the regional command had a program whereby it would fly flags for family, friends and organizations.

“I always appreciated the patriotic climate at Greybull Middle School and immediately thought of sending a flag to the school. Christine (McMillan) was one of the driving forces behind several patriotic and military support events at GMS that helped students gain an appreciation for military servicemen and their sacrifices,” Graham said.

He recalled students gathered in the library (in honor of Veterans Day) to listen to veterans talk about their experiences and several flag retirement ceremonies held outside the school.

“The students were very respectful, attentive and appreciative. I knew Mrs. McMillan would appreciate the flag and make sure it was appropriately presented to the school and students.”

McMillan was overwhelmed on the first day of school when she saw the package on her desk from Fort Stewart, and the militarily folded U.S. flag it contained. There was a note from Graham, and a certificate explaining where the flag had flown.

The walnut frame for the flag was made by Roger Henderson, who served in the Air Force from 1972-1976; Henderson’s father Guy served in the Navy during the Korean War.

Graham said, “Greybull Middle School students have a sense of pride in their country; that pride is encouraged by the positive influence of the teachers and staff at GMS.”

On a personal note, Graham is currently assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division Band at Fort Stewart, Ga. Graham, his wife Jill and sons, 5-year-old Desmond and 4-year-old Jax, live on the post. Graham said they were enjoying exploring around the historic city of Savannah and the beaches of Georgia and Florida.

“It always makes my day to hear from my Wyoming friends and former students. They often tell me that Mr. Jaycox is doing a good job with the music program and keep me up to speed on local happenings. I would like to thank the community for consistently supporting students in their academic, athletic and artistic endeavors and for supporting our nation’s military servicemen.”

The community in turn thanks Graham for the gift of an American flag that flew proudly over the command post in Afghanistan, that is now at home on the walls at GMS.

 

Alice Jewell Moore Campbell Schildhauer

!OBITSchildhauerJuly 1, 1933 – Aug. 4, 2013

Internment services for Alice Jewell Schildhauer will be held Monday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. at Mount View Cemetery in Basin. Alice, 80, died Aug. 4.

She was born in Wyoming on July 1, 1933, the daughter of James B. and Gladys Akers. Her early years were spent on the family farm near Otto. She began her education in a one-room schoolhouse before attending high school in Lovell. She graduated from Lovell High School with honors in 1951. She attended college briefly in Minneapolis before returning to Lovell.

She married and had two sons but eventually divorced. She returned to college to pursue degrees in psychology and social work at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She earned her master’s degree from Arizona State University before moving to Stafford, Ariz., where she worked as a counselor for many years. Throughout her career she continued to seek education and ongoing training including special work with people who suffered brain injures.

She eventually opened her own counseling practice, Schildhauer Center for Adaptive Life Skills. Her life was filled with the desire to help those in need, and she loved those in what she called her “extended family.”

She loved clowning and teaching clowning to children, rock hounding, antelope hunting and stargazing.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Steve and Cindy Moore and Roger Moore and two sisters, Leah Brown and Joy Bergloff.

 

 

Charlotte Neely

OBIT NeelyJune 11, 1926 – Sept. 14, 2013

A memorial service for Charlotte Neely will be Friday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Casper. Charlotte, 87, died Sept. 14 in Casper.

She was born June 11, 1926, in Davis, Ill., the daughter of Ransom and Evelyn Bradley. She graduated from Pecatonica High School and attended the University of Illinois where she majored in art and Spanish.

She married Roy S. Neely and they raised their six children on the family farm outside of Seward, Ill. In 1969 the family moved to Worland and then to Hyattville where they ranched for 22 years. After selling the ranch they returned to Worland. After her husband’s death, Charlotte enjoyed K-12 substitute teaching well into her 70s.

Charlotte was a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Magna Charta, charter member of Daughters of the American Colonists in Illinois and Eastern Star.

She enjoyed playing cards, taking long walks, visiting friends and eating chocolate. She will be remembered for her smile and infectious laughter.

Charlotte loved animals, especially the dozens of Schipperke puppies she raised and delivered to families across the country. The Schipperke became her therapy during the years she was recovering from cancer.

Her parents, her husband Roy, infant son and brothers Kendall and Donal preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Patrick and Marcia Patton of Casper; sons and daughters-in-law, Cajer and Jamie Neely of Spokane, Wash., Brad and Kathy Neely of Casper, Bryan and Jennifer Neely of Lander, Jim Neely of Cody and Patrick and Stephanie Neely of Wright; 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Doyle Dean McKim

Jan. 11, 1925 – Sept. 19, 2013!OBITMcKim,-Doyle-D.

Graveside services will be held for Doyle McKim, 88, of Manderson on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. at Riverside Memorial Gardens, Worland with Pastor Kent Dempsey officiating. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the Worland Eagles Lodge. On Sept. 19, 2013, our family’s “cornerstone” passed away peacefully in his sleep, and is now reunited with the great love of his life, Bettey Jean McKim.

He was born in Scottsbluff, Neb., on Jan. 11, 1925, to Vern and Sadie McKim. He was honest, possessed great integrity and unsurpassed work ethic. He passed these traits down to his sons, who worked alongside him for the majority of their lives. He grew up in Scottsbluff and was one of 11 children. He moved to San Francisco, Calif., where he gained employment as a welder in the Navy Shipyards. It was here that he met Bettey, whom he always referred to a “kid,” They were married in Auburn, Calif., on June 22, 1944, and spent 65 loving years together. They were separated only by her death. Their love was a powerful testimony to the family, showing them the beauty that comes from a love that endures, grows, and then spreads out to encompass all. He took Bettey from California to Lingle, Wyo., and worked with his brothers in an auto body shop as a mechanic and a painter. From this union three sons were born: Alan, Don and Jim.

Doyle was born to be a farmer and a rancher. After farming for several years in Wyoming, he and his sons acquired a piece of land, which is now known as “McKim Ranch,” in 1970. He felt deep satisfaction in growing crops, cultivating the land and caring for his cattle. He still checked them daily until his death. He was proud of his children/grandchildren and their accomplishments. He was short with words, but long with love, and provided a fine example. He preferred things that had quality in other words made in the U.S.A.  He loved Merle Haggard “The Hag,” old westerns, good cooking and his family. He had a dry sense of humor with a slight touch of self-depreciation that will be missed by the family.  A good father and grandpa has left us, but his legacy and lessons will live on.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bettey, and all his brothers and sisters. He is survived by his three sons Alan (Pati) McKim, Don (Debbi) McKim and Jim (Robin) McKim all of Manderson. He was “Grandpa” and “Granddad” to 11 and “Grandpa-Great,” “Gramps” or “Big Poppa” to 24 and “Great-great Grandpa” to 1.

Doyle was strong, proud and hard-working. He was the best father and grandfather the family could ever ask for. His love, guidance, strength, and drive will live on in our hearts and in the land he loved. He will be missed greatly but we look forward to a second meeting.

(Paid obituary)

Worland swimmers win in Newcastle

by nathan oster

The Greybull trio of Brianna Jolley, Elizabeth Dietrich and Brittany Butz all played a role in helping the Worland Lady Warrior swim team capture first place at Saturday’s Newcastle Invitational.

Facing a field of teams similar in size, Worland amassed 308 team points, 15 more than second-place Buffalo, which came in at 293.  Newcastle was third with 238 points, followed in fourth by Douglas with 206.

The win “gave us encouragement,” said Coach Kim Wyman. “It was the first meet we competed in where all the teams invited had similar numbers of participants as us.”

Jolley placed fourth in the 200 individual medley, fifth in the 100 breaststroke and swam a leg on Worland’s 400 freestyle relay team, which placed second, and Worland’s 200 freestyle relay team which was also second.

Dietrich also swam on that 200 freestyle relay team. In addition, she placed fifth in the 500 freestyle, seventh in the 50 freestyle and swam the first leg for the 200 medley relay team, which captured fourth place.

Butz earned a fourth in the 200 freestyle and a fifth in the 100 freestyle.

Jolley, Dietrich, Butz and the rest of the Warriors will swim in a pre-invite meet Friday night and in their own Worland Invitational on Saturday. Both events take place in the WHS pool.

“Homecoming is a busy week and hopefully we can maintain a schedule that will be conducive for some great swims,” said Wyman.

“The Lady Warriors are progressing each week by building up their endurance and concentrating each race on specific goals of improvement. After homecoming, we will start focusing on what the girls will be swimming in the post season for us by zeroing in on their areas of strength and the teams overall needs in specific events.”

 

Lady Buffs sport 3-1 conference record

by marlys good

Greybull Buff volleyball fans have a lot to cheer about this year. Their team is 3-1 midway through the conference season, losing only to powerhouse Lovell in the first four matches.

Last week the Lady Buffs scored consecutive victories over Rocky Mountain, 25-14, 25-16, 25-15, and in a fiercely contested match with the Lady Bobcats in Thermopolis, 20-25, 25-16, 17-25, 25-20, 15-12.

“We had a solid performance against Rocky and I loved the focus the girls had. It was our home opener and having a great crowd to cheer us on was very exciting,” said Coach Sara Schlattmann.

Statistically the Buffs served 91 percent, passed with 84-percent accuracy and had 28 kills and six blocks. Schlattmann noted, “Our girls played phenomenal at the net, getting several soft blocks in addition to the six stuff blocks. Serving and passing were also great.”

Greybull came out flat against Thermopolis and dropped the first game 20-25 before regrouping. “It was up and down all night, but in the end we got the win and it felt great.”

Greybull served 92 percent from the service line, “which surprised me,” Schlattmann said. “It seemed like we missed a lot of serves, but I think we missed some real KEY serves at key times.” Greybull also had 44 kills and three blocks.

“What I loved most is that our girls did not give up or break down. We have talked a lot about the need to stay positive on the floor and they did. It was a team effort for sure.”

Capping off the week was the Thermopolis Invitational Saturday which not an up-to-par performance by the Buffs. “The girls were flat and it really didn’t improve throughout the pool play,” Schlattmann said.

Greybull beat Moorcroft, 21-12, 21-7, split with Rocky Mountain, 21-16, 19-21 and lost to Tongue River by scores of 14-21, 14-21.

Seeded into the Silver bracket Greybull beat its first opponent, Farson-Eden, 25-16 25-19, but was ousted by Little Snake River, 20-25, 25-22, 13-15.

Schlattmann said the Buffs “barely eked into the Silver bracket and the girls were much more alive.” The victory over Farson pitted the Buffs against Snake River, described by Schlattmann as  “a fundamentally solid team. They pass well, serve well and keep the ball alive waiting for the other team to make errors.”

The first game was hard fought. “Even though we didn’t get the win, we played pretty good,” according to the coach.

No stats were kept at the tournament but Schlattmann said it seemed like the Buffs had a lot of “mental errors, miscommunications and missed serves.”

Greybull will host Burlington in a homecoming match Friday. Freshmen will play at 2; junior varsity at 3 and the varsity at 4 p.m.

The Huskies are traditionally a solid team so it should be a great match to watch.

GHS gearing up for homecoming

by marlys good

Greybull High School will be showing “Buff Pride” next week as the students celebrate homecoming.

Leading up to the festivities at the end of the week will be dress-up days. Monday has been designated as Color Wars, Tuesday students will dress up as their favorite superhero, and Wednesday as a character from a movie. The halls will be alive with look-alikes Thursday for Twin Day, which will include the traditional Burning of the “G” at 6:30 p.m. Prior to the bonfire the classes will engage in a water balloon fight; may the best class win.

Friday students will show their school pride by wearing blue and gold. The Greybull Booster Club will serve lunch to all the middle/high school students prior to the homecoming parade at 12:30 p.m.

Netters will have to hurry back from the parade and don their uniforms for a homecoming match with the Burlington Lady Huskies at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.

The king and queen will be announced and crowned during halftime of the Greybull-Pinedale football game, which kicks off at  7 p.m.

Capping the celebration is the homecoming dance Friday evening.

Since “homecoming” is traditionally the time alumni are welcomed back to their old “stomping grounds,” it is hoped to see many former graduates lining the streets, sitting in the bleachers, or standing on the sidelines to cheer on their old alma mater.

 

 

Building projects highlight school agenda

by nathan oster

The Big Horn County School District No. 3 received updates on its proposed new middle school and the implementation of its pass-card system during its meeting last week in the GHS library/media center.

Supt. Barry Bryant said the architectural firm hired to design the new Greybull Middle School would be in town this week, with three days of meetings planned Wednesday through Friday, and that it intends to gather input from parents, teachers and students during their visit.

The SFC has approved the construction of the new school, but to date, the school district has only received a portion of the funds required to plan the facility. Bryant said he plans to approach the School Facilities Commission this month to formally request the rest of the planning money.

“It should be an easy deal,” Bryant said, noting that the SFC fully supports the construction of the new school.

Shifting to the elementary school, Bryant said he’s still optimistic about the modular classrooms being in place by the end of this fall.  He sold the need for the modular classrooms to the SFC, citing overcrowding and a student population that was pressed up against building capacity.

But he admitted Tuesday that he didn’t realize at the time that he’d be the one doing the legwork to line up the modular buildings. “I’m working on that,” he said, adding that he’s been on the phone with school business managers and vendors in recent days.

Bryant said the decision whether to purchase or lease the modulars has not yet been made.

While purchasing would seem to make more financial sense, Bryant said the SFC — which will ultimately the pay the bill — is pushing the district to lease the modulars.   The school district will be responsible for the furnishings that go inside the modulars.

“It’s going to come down to cost,” said Bryant of the lease vs. own discussion.  He added, however, that there, “aren’t a lot of modulars out there right now”

Bryant also provided an update on the district’s plan to issue ID cards to students who ride the bus.  He has said in the past that they are included in a two-year contract with Zonar, which equipped all of the district’s buses with GPSs. With the GPSs, the district is able to track its buses, including their location, whether they are being driven too fast or whether they are stopped too long in a given location.  Each of those functions bring a benefit to the district, said Bryant, citing among other things the fact that are places around Shell where the district has no ability to communicate with its drivers.

But some parents, particularly at the elementary school, have voiced concerns about the cards being hacked and strangers possibly having access to personal information about their children and their families.

Staff — specifically, administrators and secretaries — completed the Zonar training on Sept. 5 and the equipment needed to run the system is still being installed on the buses.

The district is going to proceed cautiously, Bryant said. Instead of rolling it out to everyone, it will first do a test run, issuing the cards to about 20 or so people with ties to the building leadership team. “We’re going to let parents report to us about how they like it,” Bryant said.

 

Other business

In other news to emerge from a relatively light agenda for the September meeting:

• Kyler Flock provided the Student Council report, saying the council had been busy participating in Suicide Prevention Week activities and that it recently held its first ever Student Council election. This week, Student Council officers planned to attend a leadership summit in Riverton and begin preparations for Homecoming, which is Sept. 23-27.

• Charlene Collingwood approached the school board about middle school swimming.  With no pool, there won’t be a Greybull-Cloud Peak program, as there has been in the past.  But she wanted to know whether the district would be willing to help pay transportation costs for middle school students to swim in either Worland or Lovell. She said she knew she was late in coming to the board, considering swimming season typically starts in November which is just about six weeks away, but she said approximately 10 kids from Greybull would be interested in swimming.

Bryant told her that while the district is supportive of students who want to participate in programs not offered in Greybull, it has drawn the line in the past at paying for transportation costs, leaving that to the parents and the students themselves. In fact, three current GHS students are swimming with the Worland Warriors — and paying the transportation costs themselves.

Trustee Selena Brown also noted that the board has placed a freeze on all new activities, citing concerns about the money being spent annually on activities.  But Trustee Mike Meredith said middle school swimming wasn’t a new program in his view because it has been offered by the district in the past.

As for transportation costs, the challenge for the district isn’t paying for the gas, but rather, finding a school vehicle and driver to make the runs for participants, according to Trustee Jamie Flitner. On top of that, with no pool, the district didn’t budget any money for a middle school swimming program for the current fiscal year.

The decision ended with Supt. Barry Bryant telling the board and Collingwood that he would investigate all aspects of the middle school swimming issue, including participation and transportation costs.

• In personnel moves, the board accepted the resignation of Becky Sorenson, a paraprofessional at the elementary school, and Melanie Craft, who had been employed as a cook for the district.  In Sorenson’s case, she’s leaving effective Sept. 30 in order to devote more time to her husband’s outfitting business.  Craft, meanwhile, has taken another job.

On the hiring side, the board tapped Michael Jaycox as a senior class sponsor, Teresa Boyer as a junior class sponsor and Dawn Thur as a Student Council advisor.

• The board approved out-of-district requests from Juan and Monica Porras and Richard and Cassie Russell for their children to attend Greybull schools.  The Porras children are in the first and fourth grades, the Russell children in the first and third grades.

• In the clerk’s report, Bryant provided an overview of a recent board retreat, which one board member called “a good discussion.”  Among the topics: district goals, stakeholder involvement, new weighted GPA system, a four-day school week, sports schedules, Response to Intervention, a proposal to one day move the weight room equipment from Buff Gym to the GMS Gym, the growing ELL population, a proposal for a town hall meeting for stakeholders, the school lunch program, the loss of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and the need for new volunteers for the fresh fruits and vegetables program in the schools.

• The board recognized home-school registrations for four students: Alyssa Roll, Emily Roll, Lea Petersen and Tripp Flora.

• In administrator reports, GES Principal Brenda Jinks wrote that her school’s open house for parents is set for Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Greybull police officers have been working with the school on bike safety, stranger danger and monthly drills, and that DIBELS and NWEA Map testing began Sept. 9 and would provide the school with “new baseline data to form teaching and learning groups and target specific deficits in students’ learning.”

GMS Principal Scott McBride said student participation in activities is “very good” to begin the year, reporting that 41 are out for football, 40 for volleyball, 32 for Student Council, 16 for Challenge of the Books, 25 for Science Fair/Olympiad and 42 for band.  Parent Night at GMS is set for Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m.  The school is touting the event as “Dinner and 10 Ways to Help Your Student Get an ‘A.’”  It will be held at GMS this year.

GHS Principal Ty Flock said his building was also in the midst of NWEA Map testing. In addition, he said a closer look at ACT scores showed a large gulf between students who scored well and those who didn’t — and that the school has taken steps to try to narrow that gap.  After school programs are also getting started at the school, he said.

Special Services Director Lee Clucas reported that the district had sent 10 new employees to get training in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) and that 10 staff members attended a recent conference in Billings on autism and sensory needs.

• The board reinstated a student’s request to be allowed to participate in activities.  The male student, who attends GHS, can practice through Jan. 10 and resume full status with respect to activities on Jan. 10, 2014.

Supt. Barry Bryant said school policy permits students to appeal one year after they are suspended from activities.  The district allowed this particular student to appeal a little earlier, and the decision to allow that student to practice between now and Jan. 10, 2010 is an exception, said Bryant, adding that the student has been barred from activities since January.

If there is another incident involving the suspension reason, the student would not be allowed to participate in activities for the rest of his time in high school.