Kremmling " Perry leaves West Grand School District with a flourish |

Kremmling " Perry leaves West Grand School District with a flourish

Grand County, Colorado

The West Grand School District in Kremmling, Colorado, covered a lot of ground at Superintendent Jeff Perry’s last meeting on Oct. 14.

Friday bus services out of town may get cut

The board decided to stop providing bus services to routes outside of town on Fridays, when Friday School is offered, because few students ride the bus. This will not go into effect for two more weeks.

Bus driver Jeanette DeBell said the most students she has ever brought into town is five.

“Last Friday I brought one student in from the Spring Creek area and she rode the bus in as a shuttle to town, she wasn’t coming to school,” DeBell said. “And then I picked up two kids in the trailer park. From the Parshall area we didn’t bring any kids in. We picked up three kids in Kremmling Country ” and that’s been pretty standard.”

Cutting the service would save costs on fuel and wear and tear on the buses.

“This could be considered a waste of district finances to run this,” Perry said, adding that the district has had to make cuts other places. “We have to be more conscientious about what service we’re offering to make sure that’s helping out the most kids.”

Before the Friday service outside of Kremmling is canceled, the district plans to mail a note to parents about the modified bus route. If families need transportation they should contact the district office.

“We’re never going to let transportation to be an issue,” Perry said. “We want to make sure we notify everybody and get things lined up.”

Plan for high schoolers to meet required hours

West Grand High students helped decide that they would make up missed school days by attending school on two Fridays, Nov. 14 and Jan. 23.

They are making up for time they missed when a fire started in the school’s wood and metal shops on a weekend in early September. No one was injured and classes were canceled during the clean up.

High School Restoration

After the fire the restoration at the high school has gone well, Perry said.

The internal classrooms are in “excellent shape,” smoke-free and the building was aired out well. The northern classroom walls have been repainted and the ceiling tile replaced. The technology department is installing new and old computers into the technology labs.

The shops will be painted this week to encapsulate smoke smell. The shops will be reconstructed and garage doors replaced, according to district documents.

Interim Superintendent

The board officially accepted Perry’s resignation. Paul Reese, a retired district administrator, will serve as interim superintendent until a new superintendent is hired. The board approved a contract for him to receive $50,000 plus health benefits.

Gifted program restored to 81 percent

At the last meeting, students from the West Grand PK-8 School asked the board of education to restore the gifted program from part-time to 100 percent, the board has decided to restore it to 81 percent.

The board will also work with a committee to make sure the program is meeting its needs. Until the student count begins to grow, programs may not expand. The district lost 22 students this year.

High School Heating Renovation

In the summer of 2009, the district will begin renovating the high school heating system. The cost of the project is $450,000. The gym and auditorium are on a separate system and will not be included in the project. The district received a $200,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Health class not required

A semester of health class is no longer required for high school graduation, but the same number of credit hours is still required. This change will allow students to take an alternative elective.

Budget revision

The district budget came in more than $22,000 higher because the K-12 headcount came in higher than expected. The Colorado Preschool Program funds increased from about $38,000 to $80,000. The district also received an At-Risk Grant for $20,000.

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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