School board makes quick work of June meeting

PINEDALE – The Sublette County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees breezed through a brief agenda at the June 17 regular meeting.

The 2021-2022 Student Handbook passed on second reading by a 4-2 vote. Contention remained around proposed changes to the dress code.

Trustees Chris Nelson and Charles Prior voted against the handbook in opposition to the revised dress code. Chairman Jamison Ziegler changed his stance on the issue and voted in favor of the handbook with trustees Stacy Illoway, Marie McGuire and Rachel Weksler. Trustee Clayton Olson was absent.

Board members voted unanimously to adopt the 2021-2022 Coaches Handbook on second reading. The 2021-2022 Transportation and Personnel handbooks passed on first reading with no opposition.

The board unanimously agreed to buy out the remainder of an information technology contract with a company called K12itc, part of Menlo Inc. The district entered into a 5-year contract with the company to install an IT management system called “Albert” in 2020, said Chris Rule, the district’s director of information services.

Rule told the board he was concerned with the companies’ rollout of the system and its unreliability in responding to problems and questions from the school district. Albert’s shortcomings were “unacceptable” for a district rated “number one in the state for technology.”

In a memo written for the board, Rule projected that terminating the contract would save the district approximately $300,000 over the next four years.

Trustees voted to join the Hot Springs Early Childhood BOCES with a mill levy not to exceed a half-mil to boost the district’s early childhood budget.

Wrapping up the regular meeting, the board approved a stipend for interim superintendent Jeryl Fluckiger. The trustees also accepted a bid from Nicholas and Company for the district’s school lunch program.