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SCSD3 recognizes top staff

By Alisa Brantz

The Sheridan Press

SHERIDAN — Honors were presented and farewells were ushered in at the Sheridan County School District 3 Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday night.

Trustee Barbara Carlock was issued a Certificate of Appreciation from the Wyoming School Board Association in honor of her years of service as a board member.

Two employees of the year were announced, honoring Connie Moore, administrative assistant to the superintendent, and Jan Gibbs, a kindergarten through second-grade teacher in Arvada.

District 3 Superintendent Charles Auzqui said historically only one employee receives this honor annually but the board made the decision to select two this year due to the high number of nominations received.

Moore will be retiring in a week and Auzqui said she has filled a number of roles in her time with the district.

“She’s done an amazing job for this district for a long time,” he said. “Not only is she a parent but she has been a board member and now serves as an admin so she’s done a lot for the community.”

Resignation and retirement requests were approved and a number of personnel will be moving on at the end of the year.

Annette Graham, a long time fifth- and sixth-grade teacher is among them.

“Annette has been a Wyoming Teacher of the Year nominee and done great things for us,” Auzqui said. “She will be missed.”

Junior high girls basketball coach Jennifer Betz, two classified personnel and one paraprofessional — Donna Mines — also resigned.

Auzqui said the district has done some readjusting of staffing due to budget constraints and a shifted focus on literacy, so some vacancies have been absorbed by the shifting and others will be filled by the hiring of new staff.

In other business, the preliminary budget was presented and is estimated at nearly $4 million.

The board is moving forward with the budget with the understanding that they will hold a special hearing in June to revisit the numbers.

“The goal is to get it down to $3.8 million before the end of July,” Auzqui said. “It’s going to be a process. We’ll sit down with the board and district supervisors and start taking a look at the numbers next month.”

While the district looks at restructuring how they handle major maintenance and capital construction projects, two projects will occur this summer — the relocation of a server room from a closet in the elementary wing to a larger room in the high school wing to accommodate future growth and the resurfacing of the gym floor.

No cost estimates were available at this time as the gym floor had some water damage which will be paid for in part by insurance and the district is in the process of working with Dale Buckingham Architects of Sheridan to get the server project started.

In other business:

• The Arvada staff made a presentation on projects the kids have been working on and how they are tying each back to reading, writing and math.

• The district’s annual Book Scholarship Program was approved again. Each graduating senior who enrolls in college will receive a $150 scholarship to be spent on books.

• A review of the district’s advanced education showed progress and the district is hoping to move up in terms of full accreditation.

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