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Page 9 The Sundance Times School Se)tember 27 201" Meet your school board candidates available but yet be able to support traditional learning styles. 2. Tell us a little about your background. My background is rooted in Crook County. I was born and raised in the Moorcroft area on the family ranch that was homesteaded in 1916. I was educated in the Moorcroft schools and then went on to the University of Wyoming and completed a degree in Mechanical Engi- neering. At graduation, I moved my family to Cedar Rapids, IA to work for Rockwell Interna- tional in the Government Military Avionics and GPS department. After 7 years in corporate America, we decided to move our kids back to be closer to family and work the family ranch. I currently also do the maintenance planning for Dry Fork Mine. 3. What do you believe qualifies you to oc- cupy a seat on the school board? I feel that I am reasonably qualified to oc- cupy the trustee seat due to my work expe- rience in big business and my local roots. I have had three kids go through the Moorcroft Schools and currently have a Freshman in the high school. My wife has been employed by the Moorcroft schools for 19 years and I have volunteered there. I have about as close of a relationship as is possible and still be on the board. 4. If you are elected again, what do you hope to achieve during your tenure on the board? I am not going into this with an agenda. The diversity of the issues that come before the board is great therefore to push specific is- sues is difficult. My goal would be to respond to the varied issues with integrity and common sense. A delicate balance must be struck be- tween fiscal responsibility and the education and well-being of our kids. 5. Do you have any comments you would like to address to the community? I would ask the community to consider me a viable candidate who has their best inter- ests in mind when making the tough decisions presented during each and every school board meeting. Josie Pearson 1. What inspired you to run for this position? Circumstances that led up to my resignation deeply concerned me. The way that some teach- ers in the district were being treated and the res- ignation of Principal Kathy Hood and Shelby Gill were determining factors. I found that I didn't want to work for an employer that is not driven BY SARAH PRIDGEON In the final of three articles introducing your candidates for the Crook County School Dis- trict Board of Trustees, Robert L. Beaudoin, Thayne Gray and dosie Pearson explain what inspired them to run and what makes them worthy of your vote. Peggy K. Howard, dosie D. Pearson, Robert L. Beaudoin, Bob Latham and Keith Haiar will run against incumbent School Board Trustee Tracy Jones for the Sundance seats. Jones, who is running in Sundance due to recent changes in districting, will remain a trustee for the Moorcroft area if he is unsuccessful in his campaign. The Hulett seat wiU go either to Otto D. Schlosser or incumbent trustee Dena Mills, while Thayne Gray will appear on the ballot to retain his seat in Moorcroft. Robert L. Beaudoin 1. What inspired you to run for this position? 1 think the school board is doing a good job, and I hope that whoever is elected continues to do a good job. 2. Tell us a little about your background. I came to this area in 1964 and taught in the district for almost 30 years. During the sum- mer, I worked with the school district on reno- vations and other projects and, when I quit, they needed someone to run the school buses. I've been doing that since I retired, I'm current- ly running the football players back and forth to training in Upton. In a couple of years, I will have reached my goal of 50 years of continu- ous employment with the school district. 3. What do you believe qualifies you to occupy a seat on the school board? As I said, I have a few years under my belt working for the school district and knowing how it works. I have a degree in history and physical education and a Masters in adminis- tration, with a minor in counseling. 4. If you are elected, what do you hope to achieve during your tenure on the board? I think the board is doing a good job, I don't see any changes that should be made, although it could be tweaked a little, here and there. The board has to run by the law, so there's not too much they can do differently. 5. Do you have any comments you would like to address to the community? The community knows me and what I stand for, I think: a conservative approach to most everything. lhayne Gray 1. What inspired you to rim for this position? The inspiration for me to run for the school board seat that I was assigned to is the issues that are currently before us. The district is racking up impressive numbers for our over- all rankings in the state yet there is unrest amongst the staff and community. We are on the verge of building a new school in Moorcroft that is based on the latest learning techniques .i...:"' ','z ....... ly th:ed morals that I believe in. t.,  Lately, we havebn.haring a lot,,' about the breakdown of communication between the public and the administration and school board. Staff members have to not feel afraid when they have a grievance. This needs to be corrected. Everyone who is involved with the education of the children of Crook County need to feel like they can go to their principal, the superintendent or any school board mem- ber being confident that they will be listened to with an open view of all sides of whatever concern they may have. I know that we need to study the budget and get a handle on where the money is going. This will be a huge job but is one that I will dedicate myself to do. 2. Tell us a little about your background. I was born and raised on a ranch west of Beu- lab and attended the Beulah School before I started school in Sundance. I graduated from the Sundance High School. I earned my teach- ing degree from Black Hills State. I have over 45 hours of graduate credit, some of which was an endorsement in Library Science that I re- ceived from the University of Wyoming. I have three children who graduated from the Hulett School and seven grandchildren. I was also a 4-H leader for 24 years. I have been a teacher for Crook County for 31 years. I first started teaching at Four Oaks and transferred into Sundance Elementary in 1989 where I taught fifth grade. I became the elementary librarian at Sundance Elementary in 1997, a job that I held until my resignation last spring. From the time I was very young I wanted to be a teacher, and becoming the librarian was just icing on the cake. 3. What do you believe qualifies you to occupy a seat on the school board? Being a teacher for 31 years gives me the knowledge of what our teachers do and what is expected of them. I know how hard our teach- ers work and the love and devotion they have for our children and their education. When I informed the teachers at Sundance Elemen- tary that I was resigning I told them I would be an advocate leader for them and the other teachers of the district as well as the students in our schools. I feel that my teaching back- ground would make me someone that they can all stakeholders can count on. 4. If you are elected, what do you hope to achieve during your tenure on the board? I am very concerned about how the district money is being spent. I think that we need to study the budget and good a good grasp on all expenses. It concems me that a handful of people are making a lot of money yet our teachers have been expected to get by without an increase in standard of living expense. The main reason that the students of Crook Coun- ty score so well on the state tests they are given is because of the dedication of the teachers, the ones who hold their future education in the palms of their hands. Our students and teach- ers must come first. People who know me know = I have been receiving a lot of thank you's and ).: support from people of Crook County and I thank you for that. I debated with myself for quite some time on whether or not I should run. The push that I kept feeling inside finally/::i won out and I feel like I wiU be able to be a pos: : itive representative for the staff and stude!!), of our county. I am running because I feel!!!" deep in my soul that it is my civic duty at this time to give back to the parents and studentS!i::i- of Crook County. In my letter of resignation: I presented four School Board Policies that F' felt were being ignored. In board pollcy:BBA, Duties of the Board, item number 5 states that the board is responsible for establi: : educationalgoals, which will guide both the Board and the staff in working together to- ward the continuing improvement of the edu 2 cation program. It is responsible for providing for the ongoing evaluation of the educational : program against the goals and objectives set forth by the Board of Education. I feel that ouiAi current board has not been involved in this I: and has somewhat left it up to the manage,. ment of our administration in Central Ofllce. i School Board policy BBF, School Board Mere-:i ber Ethics, number 3, states: As a member of my local Board of Education, I will strive,oi improve public education, and to that end'-I; i ; will: Render all decisions based on the avail:;, able facts and my own independent juent, il and refuse to surrender that judgment to in, :-: dividuals or special interest groups. Item 11 states: and to that end I will: Remember, al- ways, that the first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of the students at- tending the public school. After attending ,!:; eral of the working board meetings I can aee!i i that this is not being followed. I will not work! for just one person, but for everyone in Crook , County, staff, students and taxpayers. Board :- policy BBF(2), Board Member Code of Con-i duct states: The Board has the authority and ) responsibility to apply the following standards of conduct: item 1 states: Board members wiU 2: act in an ethical, lawful, and respectful mall- : i her. If you have teachers who are being bullied.if: and harassed, how can you possibly they are being treated in an ethical, and respectful manner Board Policy sonnel Policies Goals reads: The terested in its employees as recognizes its responsibility for general welfare of the staff. Item 6 develop the quality human that I am a strong advocate for the benefits oF esaty-t ''imtm sfalT reading, We now have,one school that does rt0t* anl,atsCti0n. This must be have a certified librarian, and this school has if" o.u.r: schools are to continue best possible education for all the Crook County. As an elected leader, it is ones responsibility to advocate and laborate with all stakeholders, members of the board, the staff, the parents and the students County. If elected I will truly Thank you for reading. .... students K-12. Our present administration does not think that libraries are really neces- sary. This same thought was expressed to me by a board member. This mind set concerns me since studies show that reading makes a difference, no matter the age of the reader. 5. Do you have any comments you would like to address to the community? Adequate Yearly Progress results recalled for review BY SARAH PRIDGEON The results of the 2011-12 school year Ad- equate Yearly Progress (AYP) assessments for the State of Wyoming have been recalled for review after data errors were found in the released information. The recall follows a separate recalculation of results after AYP targets were changed at the eleventh hour. The U.S Department of Education required the state to recalculate its AYP targets as a result of action by the Wyoming Legislature to remove the writing component from PAWS testing. New starting points were set after adjusting proficiency data from the 2010-11 assessments to account for these changes. Under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, all states are required to make AYP determinations each year for each pub- lic school district and school. Schools are required to continually improve their stu- dents' achievements in reading or language arts and math each year to match a federal mandate. The eventual target is for every child in ev- ery school to be performing at or above grade level by 2014. Yearly targets have steadily increased since AYP was introduced; for example, the proficiency target for elemen- tary reading or language arts was an easily achievable 30 percent in 2003 but will in- crease to 100 percent in 2014. The elementary school target for reading was increased for the 2011-12 school year from 65.2 to 78.1 percent, while math has risen from 61.9 to 75 percent. In middle schools, reading has increased from 67.25 to 69.6 percent and math from 62.65 to 62.8 percent. High school targets have meanwhile de- creased. In reading, the 2011-12 target was reduced from 74.2 to 63 percent and, in math, the target fell from 67.9 to 54.2 per- cent. These changes reflect both the removal of writing as a component of PAWS and the discontinuation of the Portfolio of Student Work in PAWS-ALT. According to the recalled results, which may change following the review, 53.33 per- cent of schools in the state failed to reach AYP targets, but a total of 34 of 48 school districts did meet those targets. "AYP is calculated separately for schools and districts," explains Dianne Frazer of the Wyoming Department of Education. "A school is responsible for five different AYP indicators: participation rate for math, par- ticipation rate for reading; academic indica- tor for math, academic indicator for reading; and additional indicator." If the target is missed in any of nine sub- groups for the participation rate or academ- ic indicators, AYP is missed for that entire indicator. Districts can also miss AYP in any of the same indicators; however, a district can only be considered as missing AYP if the same indicator is missed at each of the 3 school levels (elementary, middle, high)." Crook County School District is not con- cerned by the recall, however, as the dis- trict relies on a triangulation process to cal- culate how well its students are improving and, says Superintendent Lon Streib, is al- ready confident that it understands where its schools' strengths and weaknesses lie. "We triangulate district assessments, MAP scores and PAWS results, so we know how our kids are growing," explains Streib. "-We use trend data," agrees Teresa Brown, Curriculum Director. "All three results to- gether show us whether changes are needed and where things are going well." Trend data allows the district to study re- suits over time and make changes as needed. "One year of lower math results, for exam- ple, is not a big deal, but if we were to see a drop over three years, we'd know something needs to change," explains Streib. "-We, as a district, know what our kids are doing and are 100 percent sure that we're meeting kids' needs and adjusting as neces- sary." The revised results of the AYP assessments are expected shortly. "As soon as we are con- fident the data is accurate, we will release an update," says Frazer. Sundance Marching B performs at Swarm D Julie Altcfffe The Sundance High School Marching Band performs in the Swarm Day Spearfish. The Sundance High School Marching Band performed in the Swarm Day Parade on Saturday, September 22 in front of a large and very ap- preciative crowd. The band performed and marched to the Jazz Classic "Sing, Sing, Sing" which was a challenge, but the students did a great job keeping up with the quick tempo. All though they were miss- ing several band members due to volleyball and golf, the band was still able to come within one point of first place. The top scor- ing band was Spearfish High School and Sundance took second. Since there only four bands competing, they all were judged in the same division, regardless of school size. The other bands were Kadoka High School and Spearfish Mid- dle School. Many from Sundance cheered on the band from sides of the streetsl It gives us all a great, sense of: pride ::. to march do .... of Spearfish and much applause an port. Great job congrats on taking by one point to a the size of Spearfish Schooll FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS IN