Daily Archives: August 15, 2012

Change in air as new school year begins

by nathan oster

Returning students will find that much has changed during the summer in Big Horn County School District No. 3. The first day of classes in the district’s three buildings is Tuesday, Aug. 21, and one change that students will notice immediately is an earlier start time.

At the high school and the middle school, the school day will now begin at 7:55 a.m., five minutes earlier than last year.  The elementary bells have all been moved up five minutes as well, with breakfast starting at 7:40, first bell at 8 a.m., the second bell at 8:10 a.m. and everyone in the classrooms at 8:15 a.m.

In some cases, the buildings and grounds have changed.

“We had a busy summer,” said Joe Forcella, the district’s maintenance supervisor.

The list of improvement projects on his to-do list was a long one.

Some, such as the addition of a new security door at the high school and the remodeling of the central office/bus barn, will stretch into the school year.  In the case of the bus barn project, that’s largely due to delays in the arrival of materials.

On other fronts, GHS got new carpeting in the hallways, in the office and in the library.  It was the first change-out since the building was constructed, Forcella said. New carpeting for the classroom will be phased in over the next several years.

Elsewhere, new lighting was added to the Buff Gym/GMS parking lot, the elementary school got a boiler that will provide supplemental heat during the coldest of winter days and parking lots were re-sealed.

New interior locks were installed at the high school and in the Quigg Building.  The middle and elementary schools will get them next, followed by the gyms.  And lastly, Forcella said a new control system for the heating and cooling of Buff Gym was installed.



Student who attend Greybull Middle School will have a new principal in Scott McBride, who last year was the district’s instructional facilitator.  Other new staff members at the building include Cynthia Weed, a special education teacher, and Michael Jaycox, who is the district’s new secondary music teacher (also working at the high school).

In addition, Cheryl Hunt has moved over from the elementary and is the building’s new reading specialist.  Also making the move from GES to GMS this year will be Linda Noyes and Diana Stephens, who will serve as special education paraprofessionals.

As for the 7:55 start time, McBride said school days were lengthened in large part to carve out time on the schedule for students who need additional help in the areas of mathematics and reading.



Over at GHS, there is also a new principal in place, as Ty Flock took over for Barry Bryant, who was hired to be the superintendent.  GHS is also welcoming Julie Oster (Resource Room/Special Services), Justin Bernhardt (head football coach) and Jaycox (the new secondary music teacher).

The building has announced changes to its parking designations.  Student will no longer be allowed to park their vehicles in the lot between the high school and the Quigg Building; those spots are now reserved for staff and school visitors.

First bell at GHS will be at 7:50, with classes each day starting at 7:55 a.m. and ending (at least for those who have a ‘C’ or better in all their classes) at 3:07 p.m.  Students who need to stay for Buff Time must remain until 3:30 p.m.

In other start-of-school-year news, GHS is planning a Meet Your Teacher Night for Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 7 to 8 p.m.  Parents are invited to stop by the school for some homemade cookies and to meet their students’ teachers. Parents are also invited to the fall sports meetings that same night, with the volleyball coaches holding their gathering at 5:45 p.m., the football coaches at 6:30 p.m.

Freshman orientation is set for Monday, Aug. 20 starting at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.



The elementary school is the only building with a returning administrator, with Brenda Jinks back in her now familiar principal’s position.  She, however, has the most new staff members stepping into new roles.

Kallie Young, fresh out the University of Wyoming, is the new junior kindergarten teacher.

There are no changes in the first and second grade classrooms, but in the third grade, Lisa Michelena is stepping in to take one classroom, while the other classroom of third graders will be taught by Timmy Anderson.  Michelena taught junior kindergarten last year.

Jeff Hunt and Kerri Theil will teach the fourth grade.

In fifth grade, the district has Kim Curtis and a new teacher, Nathaniel Boyer.

The special education department has also undergone changes, with Dawn (Crist) Thur and Anne Babiuk coming in from Aurora, Colo., and Buffalo, respectively, to fill two vacant positions.  Jinks said she was planning to present to the board for approval the hiring of Gail Martin and Johnna Goodwin as special education paraprofessionals.  Both have extensive experience as substitute teachers in the district, Jinks said.

The only other thing that will be “new” to many is a Math Boot Camp.  As Jinks described it, students in every classroom will start each day with 15 minutes of math, running from 8:15 to 8:30 a.m.

“We are going to start utilizing the common core standards for math, which is a huge shift,” she said. “These are national standards, and the state of Wyoming has accepted that piece.  It’s going to be a challenge.  It’s going to take some work to get on board with that.  But with that, there will be an increase in expectations at every grade level.”

Local hospital districts awarded grants

by jennifer butler

Wyoming Secretary of State and member of the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board, Max Maxfield, was impressed by the dedication and effort that was presented by the South Big Horn County Hospital Board and community members in their efforts to obtain grant funding from the SLIB last week.

Board Chairman Diana Elliot, hospital administrator Jackie Claudson, Dr. Dusty Hill, Big Horn County Commissioners Keith Grant and Jerry Ewen, and Grants Writer Linda Harp were all in attendance. On behalf of the hospital, Harp and Grant, lobbied for the grant approval the day before the hearing.

After several attempts and grant applications submitted to the SLIB board, the South Big Horn Hospital District was finally awarded a $2 million grant that will be used for the renovation and reconstruction of the emergency room, mechanical room and hospital. Claudson in an interview this week said they were also approved for the US Department of Agriculture loan for $2.9 million, and received a Big Horn County Consensus Block Grant for $150,000. The hospital district also funded $1 million to the project.

Maxfield said that the hospital project was not recommended to receive the grant, but Hill and the group made commanding arguments to fund the project.  He added the hospital’s other contributions and funding helped persuade the board. Maxfield said Representative Elaine Harvey also had been a strong advocate for this project.

Claudson said Hill was instrumental in letting the board know what the community needed in regards to health care.

The next step will be for the hospital to begin working on plans with the architect group, Plan One Architect, out of Cody. Claudson said the plan is to first build the new portions of the hospital and demolition would occur after completion.

Harp said “We are thrilled that we are going to have a new hospital. It is a great project, and it will greatly benefit the community.”

North Big Horn Hospital was awarded a planning grant from the SLIB board for the amount of $147,459. The grant is for planning and design of an addition to the medical clinic in Lovell.

Maxfield said he sees the need for the upgrade in the North Big Horn Hospital. He has been at the facility and has been following the project, and plans to continue the following the progress.

Larchick, McCollochs take top spot in Midway Open

by nathan oster

Midway Golf Club hosted its final major of the season over the weekend, as 11 three-man teams went gunning for a nice pot of prize money in the annual Midway Open golf tournament.

The tournament format was partitioned into two different scoring types with a Gross/Net and a Net/Net score for all golfers.

The Gross/Net winners were Mike Larchick, Scott McColloch and Michael McColloch of the Midway Golf Club.

In second place was the Powell team of West Hernandez, Wade Hernandez and Shawn Werner.

The Net/Net portion of the tournament was won by Chuck Hopkin, Bob Fink and Eddie Craft of Midway Golf Club, followed in second by the trio of Dave Williamson, Curt Massey and Kelly Michaeli.

“While the number of teams were not what we would have liked, the golfing was both challenging and rewarding,” said Eddie Johnson, one of the tournament’s organizers. “The wind on Saturday was pretty strong and challenged every golfer.  Sunday was a great day for golf as far as weather was concerned and most of the players improved on their scores.”

The tournament featured a dinner after Friday’s practice round in which the club thanked its many sponsors whose contributions keep the golf course operating.

This year the Basin City Arts Council prepared the meal.

“We appreciate the support we get from Basin and Greybull businesses and enjoy those sponsors who come to the dinner,” said Johnson.

While the “majors” are all in the books, there is still a lot of golf to be played this year at Midway.  The club championship is set for Sept. 8-9, followed one week later by the Eagles One Man Scramble.

In addition, Wednesday men’s nights will continue and information will be available soon on a night golf event coming to Midway.

In the meantime, Johnson invites golfers to come out and play a round during the week. “The course is in great shape and Will and his crew have done a tremendous job keeping it looking great,” he said.

Reanous McIntosh Henderson

June 9, 1924 – Aug. 12, 2012

Funeral services for Reanous McIntosh Henderson will be held Friday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Burlington.  Reanous, 88, died Aug. 12 at West Park Hospital Long-Term Care Center in Cody.

He was born June 9, 1924, in Burlington, the son of Mary McIntosh and David Monroe Henderson. He attended school in Burlington and worked with his father on the family farm after he graduated.

He served as an LDS missionary in Norway.

He married Merla Wardell LaFollette, a widow with six children, on July 31, 1964. They had two more children.

Reanous farmed and worked as water commissioner on the Greybull River.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served the church as a counselor to the bishop, Otto-Burlington Ward bishop, high councilman and in other teaching and leadership positions. After he retired, he and his wife served an LDS temple mission in Washington, D.C.

He was an active member of the community and served on the school board for many years.

Reanous loved family gatherings, camping and hunting, gardening, reading and visiting with neighbors.

His parents; three brothers, David Ira, Carlos “Rip” and Marion “Mern,” and two sisters, Marie Jones and June Smith, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Merla; eight children and their spouses: Linnie and Jody Neves of Burlington, Lynette and Randy Johnson of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Mary and Allan Howard of Burlington, Lester and Lynette LaFollette of Williston, N.D., Janet LaFollette of Cheyenne, Judy and Lynn Wiles of Burlington, Albert and Karen Henderson of Burlington and Sue and Kent Anderson of Greybull; one brother, Mark Henderson of Springville, Utah; one sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Don Porter of Bountiful, Utah; 45 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Burial will be in the Burlington Cemetery.

Samuel ‘Sam’ Lewis Scheller

Feb. 25, 1925 – Aug. 13, 2012

A celebration of the life of Samuel “Sam” Lewis Scheller of Basin, formerly of Colorado, will be held at a later date in Colorado.

Sam, 87, died Aug. 13 at South Big Horn County Hospital. A viewing was held Wednesday, Aug. 15 at Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull.

A complete obituary will be printed in next week’s paper.

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