(Gillette, Wyo.) Tuesday night’s meeting for the Campbell County School Board revealed an influential transition of leadership. Lisa Durgin, member of the School Board since 2008, has stepped down from her position. Durgin stated that, while having given it a lot of thought, the time commitment of being Chair was just too great. In response, the board unanimously appointed then Vice-Chair Anne Ochs to Chair. Durgin will remain active on the School Board as the new Vice-Chair.
Ochs’ 27 years as a school district employee contribute to her sturdy repertoire of qualifications for the position. In 1981, Ochs began her career with the school district as a K-8 elementary teacher. She then took on the role of curriculum facilitator where she taught guided writing to the elementary teachers, and served as a literacy coordinator. Ochs’ final position in Campbell County School District was spent serving as principle for Rawhide Elementary and Recluse. She retired in 2008, and was first elected to the School Board in 2010. In a phone-interview with Ochs, she told County 17, “It’s not very common to have someone with an elementary school background on the School Board, and it definitely helps having some varying perspectives within the group. We have a great school district.”