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editor@newslj.com November 5, 2015 -- 7 letter journal .............. news il ............................................... Elelmentary School Teacher Mrs. Pam Pzinski reads a book to Laila Lopez during the Newcastle Elementary School Fall Festival on Tuesday, October 27. (Alexis Shultz/NLJ) from page 1 .................................................................................. limited English language ability teaching freshman university classes. Conzelman answered, saying her understanding of the change is that it is across the board for all HLC-accredited institutions. Many people at the conference, which gathered attendees from most of the 50 states, were upset with the changes, she added. Bonnar said he is interested in pursuing the matter and potentially getting in contact with school districts elsewhere who are opposed to the move. "This absolutely disgusts me .... " he told Conzelman. "If people are really upset about this, I'd be interested in knowing if there's any sort of organization to the people who are upset, because I think there needs to be a significant push- back on this." "This is another set of obsta- cles between kids and what kids need to succeed," Bonnar con- tinued, "and it's being cranked out by some organization that piles up money in a corner somewhere to do nothing but find problems so that they can present solutions ... At some point this becomes too diffi- cult for us, there's too many obstacles for us to overcome, and we're not going to be able to provide this opportunity for our children in this district." Conzeiman noted that the change does not come entirely as a surprise, having been a subject of discussion over the past five years. The over- whelming success of concur- rent programs nationally was touted at the conference, she also noted. The district's concurrent program through Torrington- based EWC allows high school students to simultaneously earn both high school and college credit by taking college-level courses School Notes Other discussion items at the Wednesday, October 28, meeting of the WCSD #1 Board of Trustees included the following Trustee John Riesland, who represents ticipate in a STEM (Science, Technology, the WCSD #1 board to the Wyoming School Engineering and Math) initiative, she added, Boards Association, presented WSBA awards with evaluations to be conducted over a to Trustees T[na Chick, Dana Gordon, and Joe two-year period. Allen also mentioned that a .Corley for credit earned through workshop robotics program has started for lalte elemen- and conference attendance toward becoming tary as well as early middle school and some "certified" board members, high school students. The board voted to approve the first Chairman Bob Bormar reported to the quartet financial report presented by Business board on a provision within a resolution that Manager Deb Sylte, which represented the has been put forward by Sublette County period from July to Sept. 30 of this year. The to the Wyoming School Boards Association clistrict has spent about 14 percent of its total that adopts a Wyoming Assessment Taskforce annual budget so far, though the report doesn t recommendation to make the 10th grade really reflect a full fiscal quarter since school accountability assessment score a factor in O ~ " " d esn t begin until August, Syite noted. Hathaway Scholarship eligibility. Bonnar said Student Counsel Representative Sierra that the reasoning behind the proposed change LaCroix reported that a blood drive is sched- is that it will motivate student performance uled to be held on November 24 in the high but that he is personally opposed for several school library, reasons. Among Bormar's objections was that, Maintenance Director Greg Gregory unlike the ACT, the t0th grade assessment displayed to the board a sample of the new can only be taken once. Board Treasurer Tom elementary school siding which incorporates a mesh material in order to deter woodpeckers from burrowing into and nesting in the build- ing's outside walls. Based on his discus- sions with biologists and other knowledgeable parties, Gregory said the birds should be discouraged by the siding and seek to nest elsewhere. The only guaranteed alternative, according to Gregory, was a steel siding system that would have cost the district four times as much and would not have been visu- ally pleasing. Double AAces Program Director Tamara Allen reported on a recent Wyoming After School Alliance conference she had attended where new rules and guidelines pertaining to after school programs were discussed. The WCSD #1 program has been chosen to par- Wright said he would like to see the resolution amended to strike that particular provision. At the Eastern Weston County Rec District meeting immediately following the adjournment of the school board meeting, new Rec Director Jessica Bettorf reported she had met with rec center directors in Dead.wood vided the board with an example of an infor- mational folder she is creating as a handout, which contains information about recreational opportunities locally. Bettorf said she is in the process of creating a website and will also be setting up a Facebook page. Additionally, she mentioned a survey she intends to pass Out to local businesses and at parent-teacher confer- ences regarding recreation. 17TH ANNUAL CARING ROSE WEEK NOVEMBER/9-14/2015 / / DonateTwo Cans of Food for the Hungry & We'll Give You a Dozen Roses for Only $10! 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Built by a Utah-based contractor special- izing in metal structures in a roughly two-week period last winter, it will house the indoor archery range, as well as an office and rest- rooms, and feature an adjacent deli and an outdoor picnic table area. Three garage-style doors will allow for easier access into the facility for hearses or delivery vehicles, as Gose said the facility is intended to be rented out for banquets, wed- dings, and funerals from time to time. Gose further explained that he hopes that the facility will serve to host invitational archery shoots, and the Gallery's 80-inch televisions, of which there are four, are planned to be utilized for get-togethers surrounding major sporting events such as the Super Bowl. When he spoke with the NLJ, Gose indicated he was awaiting a water and sewer permit from state authorities in Cheyenne and that Goose Landing would be opening as soon as that is obtained. "I'm sure once we get going it will bring in other businesses around town," he predicted, adding of the impetus behind the project that he saw an opportunity in the deer-traversed prop- erty off of Highway 116 and, feeling that the town he grew-up in could use the development, opted to go ahead with it. "I'm not a business man, but I'll learn one day, the rough way, once we get this going," he predicted, laughing. The official Goose Landing site is found at gooselanding82730.com. 7 p.m. at Crouch Auditorium i Memberships are $10 for Students, $40 for Adults or $85 for Family. Membership cards may also be purchased at First State Bank or A-1 Agency, or contact Gary at 746-gg54; Kim at 746-2001 or Mary Hart in Upton at 468-2348 ...... Enjoy reciprocity for out of town concerts with your membership. This ~pace brought to you by the News Letter Journal