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March 2018 Board Meeting highlights

March 2018 Board Meeting highlights
Posted on 03/15/2018
This is the image for the news article titled March 2018 Board Meeting highlightsDr. Ray ReutzelThe Converse County School District #1 Board of Trustees were privileged to host Dr. Ray Reutzel, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Reutzel shared an overview of the initiatives the college is undertaking including their Trustee's Education Initiative, which seeks to elevate UW's College of Education to nationally preeminent status in the preparation of professional educators. Dr. Reutzel told the board members that the college already ranks very high nationally in the preparation of elementary teachers and return on investment. 

Dawn Sorg recognizedIn the regular meeting, Dawn Sorg was honored as the Spotlight Employee of the Month. Dawn has worked on the DIS / DUES campus for four years as a speech therapist. Dawn has proven to be professional in meeting her duties, timelines, and in the way she interacts with students and staff. She is an advocate for students and offers insightful suggestions for improvements. She has been able to develop a positive rapport with the students she works with and provides positive feedback throughout her lessons. Dawn is prepared for meetings and completes the necessary paperwork in advance. She is able to maintain a dynamic schedule between the buildings that provides necessary services to the students on her caseload. Dawn is a positive, reliable, trustworthy employee whose focus is consistently on improving our students’ performance.

Woods projects on displayThe art display was provided the Douglas Middle School and Douglas High School woods classes.

The recreation board approved the call for bids for the upgrades to the Nida Field complex and for interior paint at the rec center. They also approved an additional recreation employee to manage and support the youth activities provided through the Douglas Youth Recreation Council. The board received an update from recreation director Monty Gilbreath about the city's updates to the skatepark to which the rec board contributed $40,000 and about awards and recognition for community folks who are big supporters of recreation. If you want to nominate a person for those awards, you can contact Monty at 358-4231. 

The regular school board meeting was highlighted by calls for bids for all the summer facilities and maintenance work. RFPs were offered for continued work on the interior of the high school (carpet and paint), some LED lighting at the high school and middle school, preventive maintenance work to the outside of the high school, and a revamping of the special education area. The board also approved an RFP for student computers.

Finally, all personnel recommendations were approved including certified staff recommendations for next year.