Administrator contracts approved

South Routt School Board also adopts new academic policy

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— South Routt School Board members Thursday unanimously approved the renewal of employment contracts for Superintendent Kelly Reed, secondary Principal Dr. James Chamberlin and South Routt Elementary School Principal Michael Young.

The contracts for Chamberlin and Young are for the 2007-08 school year. Reed's extension is for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years.

Reed expressed gratitude for the jobs Chamberlin and Young have done at their respective schools. This year is Young's first with the South Routt School District.

"They are doing excellent jobs," Reed said. "I'm very pleased with their performance, as is the board."

School Board member Linda Long took time during discussion of the contract renewals to express her appreciation for the work of the district's three administrators. The board stood behind Long's statement about the positive improvement the district has made under the administration of Reed, Chamberlin and Young.

In other action items Thursday, the board approved its final reading of a new valedictorian and salutatorian honors policy. The change to the policy reflects a higher weight to be given to dual-enrollment classes when determining GPA. Dual-enrollment classes are classes in which students receive high school and college credit.

The School Board also approved the first reading of a new policy for the adoption and deletion of sports programs Thursday.

The School Board created a two-page policy stating the criteria for adoption, including evidence of interest in the sport, appropriate competition along the Western Slope, evidence Soroco would have the chance to perform well and proof the sport could support itself without draining from other sports.

The criteria for deletion would be two consecutive years of minimal participation that led to the cancellation of the season; a lack of finances, facilities or materials necessary to equip a sport; or inappropriate actions by athletes, coaches, parents or community that leads to sanctions against the district.

The policy also creates a timeline for the addition or deletion of a sport. All sports-related additions or deletions would have to go through the district athletics director.

The School Board must have a second reading before the policy can be adopted.

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