SCSD#3 Honors FFA, Employees of the Year

At their May meeting on Wednesday, May 11, the SCSD#3 board of trustees honored the Clear Creek FFA. The FFA officers talked about the recent state convention honors.

Clearcreek FFA

Superintendent Boyd Brown congratulated the FFA members on their honors.

Joslyn Camino, first and second grade teacher, and Jolene Poppenga, administrative assistant, were chosen as the certified and classified Employees of the Year respectively.

Camino and Poppenga

Jennifer Betz, activities director, talked about the upcoming year activities. “What I want to talk about is our numbers for next year. I had all the grade 4-11 students take a sports survey. Of course, these numbers are approximate, but it gives me an idea what we need for coaches next year. “

She said that last year the high school struggled to have seven girls on the volleyball team, but15 girls want to play this fall. “The new coach Payton Vrbas is super energetic; the girls love her. She has the girls ready to go. She plans to take them to camps and do a fundraiser this summer.” Vrbas replaces Ken DeCock, who resigned in 2022.

Betz said that some students expressed interest in football, which is a cooperative agreement with the Buffalo team, but the school will not provide transportation to Buffalo for the athletes. For winter sports, she said they may struggle to find enough boys for the team, but nearly all the girls who expressed interest in volleyball plan to play basketball as well.

Betz said added that, “The junior high the numbers are down, we have no seventh graders for the team.” She was hesitant to say if there would be enough boys for a junior high team.

Betz added that other Clearmont students also did well this year.

Tamica Smith with some of her artwork

Greg Rohrer, business manager, said the Clearmont School is still doing well money wise, and the lunch fund still has money remaining, despite the increased cost of food.

The board voted to give the propane bid to the Big Horn Coopertive Association, which will deliver propane out of Buffalo, for a cost of $1.75 a gallon for the 50,000 gallons the school estimates it will use for the upcoming school year.

The board will also advertise for a K-6 teacher to replace Brittany Murnion, whose resignation the board approved. Trustee Wade Betz expressed concerns that there was only one kindergarten student signed up so far, and Superintendent Brown said they may be another one and that they sometimes get more kids signed up during the summer.

Jennifer Betz also mentioned an upcoming seminar that is planned soon.

Graduation will be on May 29 at 2 p.m., with seven students planning to graduate making it a 100% graduation rate.

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