The Sheridan County School District 1 Board of Trustees met for their March meeting last night, a week early because of next week's Spring Break.
In attendance last night was newly hired Marty Kobza of Hot Springs County, who will take over as the district's new superintendent after Sue Belish's retirement in May. He'll be going back and forth for a bit, as he learns the ropes of District 1.
During the meeting, Cory Davern, with VALIC, presented Brent Caldwell with an award for being the Wyoming Distinguished Principal of the Year, and Brett Burtis and one of his students reported on their recent Teton Science trip, where 34 8th graders studied snow science, animal tracking and behavior in winter.
Public Hearing was held regarding the 4-day school week; all who spoke to the board said they like how it has worked, and all indications are that the district will keep it in tact.
In the facilities update, it was reported that foundation work continues on the new Big Horn Elementary School, despite poor weather conditions. The move into the new school may take place during the March 2012 Spring Break week. An overall project schedule that contractor Groathouse Construction made available indicates that the entire campus project should be completed by July 2012.
The Board approved accepting the bid from I-State Truck Center of Billings, MT of $195,300 for two new buses for the district. Funds are reimbursed at 100% through the Transportation Reimbursement through the School Foundation Program.
The Board unanimously approved administrative contract renewals for the 2011-2012 school year for District Special Education Director Bob Heimbaugh; District Curriculum Director Sara McGinnis; Big Horn Elementary Principal Brent Caldwell; Big Horn Middle School / High School Principal George Mirich; Big Horn Middle School / High School Assistant Principal Richard Welch; Tongue River Elementary / Slack School Principal Deb Hofmeier; Tongue River High School Principal Don White; District Business Manager Jeremy Smith; and District Technology Coordinator Judy Steingass.
And the Board discussed the replacement process for Terry Myers, principal for Tongue River Middle School, who resigned in January and whose position is open for the next school year. Belish tells us.
The position is open as of today for in-district applicants. According to Belish, there are two people on the Big Horn side and two on the Tongue River side who would be qualified to submit an application for the position, if they are interested in doing so. On March 21st, it will be posted out-of-district.
Belish says the process to hire the new Tongue River Middle School principal will be similar to, but not as grueling as, the search for a new superintendent.