By Liz Wood 

Board timed in tests


Liz Wood

Carbon County School District No. 2 Board of Trustees Jimmy Hinkle, left, and KayCee Alameda work on a math challenge during the school board meeting March 16. Alameda timed Hinkle while he counted the numbers randomly placed on a piece of paper. The board members performed the task three times before trading places.

Saratoga Middle/High School math teacher Brandon Ray challenged the Carbon County School District No. 2 (CCSD#2) Board of Trustees to a math exercise March 16 to prove a point about how math is learned by most students.

Ray who attended a College Preparatory Math (CPM) Education Program in February presented a challenge to the school board to find chronological numbers placed randomly on a sheet of paper. The board members were challenged to perform the task three times. The board members partnered with each other and were timed. Most of the board showed improvement each time they went through the exercise, but their average was modified by their first time.

The exercise served two purposes, how the average of a grade may not reflect a student's progress and in math and the fact that practice improves chances for success.

In other business, the board authorized the advertisement of a virtual desktop, which would allow applications and new software to be updated and installed uniformly district wide.

The board approved advertising for a special education counselor and a new position at Saratoga Elementary School to meet class size guidelines.

The special education counselor position is funded by special education grant money.

The board also considered a new district position, Director of Curriculum/Facility Manager, for the 2015-2016 school year.

The board approved the position based on the fact CCSD#2 could find a suitable candidate.

Board member KayCee Alameda had concerns about combining the positions because she doesn't want one position to overshadow the other position.

Currently the board contracts for curriculum director, which is available to the district 75 days during the school year. Facilities manager Larry Hepner is planning on retiring and CCSD#2 Superintendent Jim Copeland recommended combining the positions.

After an executive session, the board approved to offered contracts to the following initial teachers for the 2015-2016 school year: Nila McCann, Heather Booth, Chelsea Eisenbarth, Jeffry Fuller, Teira Scott, Trista Ostrom, Karim Bekka, Julie Davis, Pamela Glasser, Jamie Short, Scott Bradford, Kendra Brooks, Lindsey Freeman, Kelly Horn, Corrie Leiseth, Cody Sheldon, Amanda Ruland, Daniel Marquart, Lane Moreland, Heather Bartlett, Jason Williams, Kaelin Crawford, Shaleas Harrison, Bailey Jackson, Zachary Schmidt, Noel Shepard, Jacob Johnston, Valerie Rigali, James Blattman, Lori Trevillyan, Nancy Windholz and Steven Priest.

The board also approved offering a contract to Karen Patton as the district nurse for the 2015/2016 school year and Dario Soto as an hourly teacher.

The next regular meeting for the CCSD#2 Board of Trustees is at 4 p.m., April 20 at Hanna-Elk Mountain-Medicine Bow Junior/Senior High School.


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