August 2017 Board Meeting highlights

August 2017 Board meeting highlights
Posted on 08/15/2017
This is the image for the news article titled August 2017 Board meeting highlightsAt their regular August meeting, the Converse County School District #1 School Board honored Monty Gilbreath for being named Wyoming State Food Service Director of the Year. Monty has been with the district since 1995 and became the dual food service director and recreation director in 2004. Gilbreath was presented the state award for his staff's excellent operational standards with the CCSD#1 Nutrition Services Program and his extensive work with the Farm to School program. He was part of the creation and development of the state-wide School Nutrition Pilot Grant Project that will award up to $25,000 dollars statewide to local school district food service departments that are using Wyoming raised and processed livestock products in their food service programs. This financial assistance will help with the cost of processing, and improve the quality of our menu products that we serve our children. The district thanks Monty for his excellent service and dedication.

Ethan and Mark CurtisThe board was also treated to a presentation by Douglas High School graduate Ethan Curtis who studied abroad in Sweden last year. Curtis shared some of his life-changing experiences including what it was like to travel all around the country, live with two host brothers, and to go to school in a different type of system. He even offered some advice to administrators in the room about what worked well with class scheduling. Since Curtis missed high school graduation ceremonies last spring, he officially received his diploma from DHS principal Dan Edwards and his dad, school board member Mark Curtis.

Scott PeasleyThe board also said a special thank you to Scott Peasley who has served as the school board's attorney for the past eight years. Board Clerk Mark Horr thanked Peasley for his advice and service, and other board members shared thanks as well. Peasley will soon be sworn in as district court judge for the 8th judicial district.

Carolyn Conner, director the Northwest BOCES in Thermopolis gave a short informational presentation to the board about the kinds of services their facility provides for children from across the state, and occasionally from Converse 1. Mill levy dollars help support the BOCES, and board member Kim Hiser serves on the NW BOCES board. Conner also explained to the board how her staff works with districts to help students transition successfully back to their home schools.

The board approved on final reading policies about staff leaves and absences and the sick/maternity leave bank as well as unpaid meal charges. The board approved and called for written comments on policies about the support staff salary schedule and the support staff salary schedule regulations. 

Tracy Copenhaver will replace Scott Peasley as school board attorney, and the board approved the district paper bid and the Rocky Mountain Evaluations bid for a supervision andevaluation online tool. 

The board spoke briefly with representatives of the Douglas Assembly of God church regarding leasing the old EWC/North Grade School building for Wednesday evening programming for kids. No decision was made at this time. 

Personnel recommendations were approved as presented.

The board also convened as the Converse County Recreation Board. In that meeting, the board agreed to provide $40,000 in partnership with the city of Douglas and the county to refurbish the skate park at Bartling Park. Several students attended the meeting, and one spoke to the board about the types of uses for the park, who uses it, and the benefits of having the skate park to the community.

The board will hold its next regular meeting on September 12 at Central Administration offices, 615 Hamilton Street, and will hold the fall board retreat at the Community Club of Douglas on September 20.