School board recognizes Jones; swears in new members Nov. 19

Robert Galbreath photo Sublette County School District No. 9 Board of Trustees Vice Chairperson Bill Tanner swears in members of the board elected on Nov. 6. Pictured, from left, are Cody Raza, elected at-large for a two-year term, John Fear, re-elected at-large to a four-year term and Alan Vickrey, elected atlarge to a four-year term.

BIG PINEY – The Sublette County School

District No. 9 board of trustees recognized outgoing

board member Glade Jones for his service

at their regular board meeting on Nov. 19.

Board members elected on Nov. 6 were sworn

in at the end of the meeting.

Jones served on the school board for 12

years. Superintendent Steve Loyd and board

vice-chairperson Bill Tanner expressed their

gratitude to Jones.

“On behalf of the school board, I want to

thank you for your service,” Loyd said. “You

have been an excellent school board member,

and I appreciate all the work that you have

done.”

“(Jones) is never afraid to dive into the technical

side of things at board meetings,” Tanner

said, “and we appreciate his service.”

Jones gave a brief statement crediting the

teachers for maintaining a strong district.

Every day, teachers “work in the trenches” to

provide quality education and “make our district

what it is,” Jones said.

Board members elected on the Nov. 6

general election ballot were sworn in at the

meeting. Cody Raza was sworn in for his first

elected term after serving as an appointed

member following a vacancy on the board.

John Fear was sworn in for another four-year

term on the board. Alan Vickrey of La Barge

was sworn in for his first four-year term on the

board.

The school board also discussed and voted

on the following issues:

• Big Piney Middle School Principal and

District Activities Director Scott Carpenter reported

that after-school STEM programs were

going strong at the middle school. He briefly

discussed sixth-grade sports, stating that a

large number of sixth-grade girls

went out for basketball this winter.

The issue is causing “frustration

from people on both sides”

and is a “learning experience for

everyone,” he said. During public

comments, wrestling head

coach cole Clifford and Jenna

Banks, an advisor with the district’s

peer mentor program,

raised their opposition to eliminating

sixth-grade sports.

• Big Piney and La Barge elementary

schools’ Principal Amy

Bell stated that the after-school

science, engineering, technology

and art program, or STEAM, was

very successful with 43 students

enrolled and a waiting list. Bell

reported that elementary students

were taking WY-TOPP modular

assessments to prepare for the test this spring.

• Big Piney High School Principal Jeff

Makelky reported that high school attendance

was at a high of 94.8 percent. He also said

that the high school carried out their first lockdown

drill during the lunch period.

• Superintendent Loyd reported that the bus

barn project was progressing and slated for

completion this spring. Loyd also mentioned

that district report cards on standardized tests

and accountability standards were available

on the school district website for the public to

view starting on Nov. 20.

• The board voted unanimously to award

design services for the middle school renovation

project to Dubbe Moulder Architects of

Jackson. District and state school facility division

representatives released a request for pro-

Robert Galbreath photo

Sublette County School District No. 9 Board of

Trustees Vice Chairperson Bill Tanner swears in

members of the board elected on Nov. 6. Pictured,

from left, are Cody Raza, elected at-large

for a two-year term, John Fear, re-elected at-large

to a four-year term and Alan Vickrey, elected atlarge

to a four-year term.

posal to solicit competitive bids from architects

earlier this fall. On Nov. 6, members of the

project team determined that Dubbe Moulder

was the most qualified and offered the best fee

structure out of three companies who submitted

bids.

• The board passed a motion to table approving

fall coaches for the 2019 season. Five

parents and members of the public and several

students on the high school volleyball team

voiced concerns about re-appointing head volleyball

coach Tiffany Carver. Junior varsity

volleyball coach Angie Swanson spoke favorably

about Carver’s first season as a head

coach. Board members decided to take the

comments under advisement and examine all

sides of the issue before making a decision

next month.


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