West Grand School District starts year with new personnel | SkyHiNews.com

West Grand School District starts year with new personnel

Jessica Smith
Grand County, CO Colorado

The new school year kicked off on Monday, Aug. 20, for the West Grand School District.

An initial head count came up with 427 students (K-12) attending, which is up from last year’s October count of 423 students. The official head count for this year will be conducted in October.

Changes this year include eight new staff members, many among them teachers. Kelly Berger will be teaching 4th grade, while Kelly Daymon is the new music teacher for kindergarten through 5th grade. David Boydstun will teach K-5 physical education classes, as well as weightlifting at the high school. Tiffany Austin is the new middle school math and science teacher, and Robert Newton will also teach middle school science. The new high school language arts teacher is Melissa Johnston.

Also new this year is West Grand Superintendent Terry Vanderpan, hailing from Bozeman, Mont. Vanderpan, who has also worked in Fort Collins for the Poudre School District, spent most of his day Monday visiting the schools and introducing himself to the students.

“It’s going great. We had a great start to the school year,” Vanderpan said. “It’s awesome. I love to see the smiles on everybody’s faces coming here after being gone over the summer.”

Vanderpan has no new developments planned as yet.

“As of now, there’s nothing [new],” he said. “We’re trekking forward. I’ll need to get out and about and see what’s going on. I’m not going to do any major changing until we figure out what’s going on. I involve the staff, the administration, the [school] board and the community and everything. We’re just moving forward.”

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