Campbell County School Board Takes a Field Trip
The CCSD Board of Trustees used the Wright Junior/Senior High School cafeteria as an impromptu board room.
The school board of trustees loaded up in a big yellow bus and headed south to Wright for last night’s meeting. Transportation Supervisor Keith Chrans was the honorary bus driver.
It may have been a change of venue, but it was business as usual for the board. Members of the Wright High School Band played the Star Spangled Banner instead of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance like they do when they meet at the Educational Service Center.
In addition to the regular business of picking a new schedule, the board of trustees heard from the Wright Parent Advisory Board and watched a performance by the Wright FFA Parliamentary Team. Trustees also took time to celebrate Social Studies teacher Rhonda McPherson, who was named the 2018 Wyoming History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
State winners are chosen by a committee comprised of in-state educators, former state winners, and professors who review the applications, using a rubric to fairly judge each applicant. Self-nominations are not allowed, but can be made by students, parents, and fellow staff members.
The National History Teacher of the year is then selected from the state winners by the same process conducted nationwide.
McPherson will receive a $1,000 prize to go along with the honor, as well as an archive of classroom resources.
Last night, the school board also chose a district-wide schedule for the next two years. After numerous meetings with staff, parents, and administrators, the board chose a version of the schedule that has school beginning on Aug. 21 and ending May 25. The major change will be moving spring break from April to March.
Trustee Lisa Durgin explained that with spring break traditionally following Easter, when the holiday falls late in the month, there’s not much classroom time between spring break and the last day of school. By moving it to March, it’s a more centralized break in the second half of the school year.
Wright and the other rural schools in Campbell County are also considering another option that many feel would be a better fit to accommodate extracurricular activities and a rural lifestyle. County 17 will have more on the possible 4-day school week in Wright tomorrow, Oct. 11.