Schamber’s resignation opens vacancy on school board

Robert Galbreath photo Sublette County School District No. 1 trustee Robin Schamber receives recognition from Board Chairman Jamison Ziegler at the regular board meeting on April 11.

Board votes to lease Wrangler Skate Park

A vacancy on the Sublette

County School District No. 1 board of

trustees is now open with the resignation of

trustee Robin Schamber. Board Chairman

Jamison Ziegler recognized Schamber at

the regular board meeting on April 11 and

presented her with a plaque.

Schamber served nine years on the board,

he said, and sat on the BOCES board and the

school board policy committee. Schamber is

a member of the Wyoming School Boards

Association Hall of Fame, Ziegler added.

“Schamber will be missed, and education

in Sublette County is better (because of) her

dedicated service,” he said.

“It is with great sadness that I am resigning

from my seat as Pinedale East area’s

trustee,” Schamber wrote in a letter to the

board. “The professionalism and passion

this district carries towards making the lives

of our students the best they can be is unrivaled.”

The open vacancy will be at-large,

following action earlier this year by the

school board to scrap seats from different

geographical areas. Applications are

available at the School District No. 1 Superintendent’s

Office at 655 N. Tyler Ave.

Completed applications are due at the same

office on April 22.

The board agreed to host interviews at a

special meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on

April 24. After a review of the applicants,

the board will select a new member. The

new member will take the seat at the May

9 board meeting.

District Superintendent Jay Harnack confirmed

to the Roundup that if no one applies

for the vacancy, a statute gives the Sublette

Board of County Commissioners the power

to appoint a member.

Skate park

Following discussion of the future of the

Wrangler Skate Park at the previous meeting,

the board passed a motion to lease the

park to the town of Pinedale. The lease is

pending approval from the town council.

If approved by the town, the terms of the

lease will be a rent of $1 per year for the

next three years.

“We’ll try the lease first and see how

that works,” said trustee and vice chairman

Chris Nelson.

The language in the proposed lease states

that the town cannot make any improvements

or changes to the park without the

school board’s approval. The town will also

take on the responsibility for maintenance

and upkeep of the park.

Pinedale Mayor Matt Murdock said that

he was not aware at press time that the

board had taken action on a lease. He did

say the town is fully capable of providing

maintenance and security.

“This will open up the use of the park

for additional events,” said Murdock.

Murdock added that the lease will

likely be on the agenda at the next town

council meeting on April 22 at 6 p.m.

In other school board news:

• The board approved administrative

contracts for David Shaw as principal

of Skyline Academy and David Thrash

as assistant principal at Pinedale Middle

School. Thrash introduced himself via

Skype from Gillette where he is teaching

elementary school.

“I’m excited to bring experience from

sixth grade to the middle school and work

with a great staff,” he said.

• A motion passed to approve the

boundary adjustment requested by the

Upper Green River Cemetery District.

The cemetery district made the request to

move the boundary to provide space for

possible infrastructure expansion in the

future. Ziegler stated at the meeting that

the cost of having the property appraised

was higher than the land was actually

worth.

• The board approved the following

changes to courses offered in the district:

a full year of health rather than the current

half-year, a freshman orientation course

and an advanced sixth-grade math class.

The changes will go into effect for the

2019/2020 school year.

• A motion passed to approve a bid

from Catalyst Data Solutions in the

amount of $22,070 for network hardware

updates.

• The board approved amendments to

the district’s 403(b) retirement plan to

offer district employees more options with

their retirement savings.

• A motion passed to purchase an activity

bus for $189,720 pending funding

assistance from the Wyoming Department

of Environmental Quality.

• The board passed a motion to approve

openings bids for two new multi-purpose

vehicles for student travel.

• A motion passed to accept Plan One

Architects to review and design security

walls and doorways for Skyline Academy

not to exceed $2,500. The board also approved

Plan One to design a new lift at

the high school also not to exceed $2,500.

• After an executive session, the board

approved the reemployment of certified

staff recommended by each school for the

2019-2020 school year.

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