Delta Co. school board meets new Delta city manager

By KATHY SVENSON
Watchdog Contributor

DELTA – Newly appointed Delta City Manager Justin Clifton visited the Delta County school board on Nov. 15, saying he wanted to start his new job by “strengthening partnerships” and maintaining “an open dialog” with the board.
At the end of the meeting, the board went into an executive session to work on the details of a proposed three-year contract that will be offered to new Superintendent Caryn Gibson,  who passed her initial evaluation with flying colors.
The contract was completed and will be offered to Gibson at a future meeting.
Board president Pete Blair reported that two board members, Jan Tuin and this reporter, had taken on the task of reviewing the district’s educational philosophy.
Principals, coaches and teachers from Hotchkiss, Paonia, Cedaredge and Delta were all given awards of distinction, some more than one, as the gathering celebrated accomplishments and honors in sports, the arts and scholastic achievement in the first two-and-a-half months of this school year.
New personnel approved by the board included one full-time teacher, a promotion from aide to teacher, and the addition of four aides, two coaches and three coaching assistants.
There were five resignations, a teacher, three aides and a secretary, during the past month.
Expenditures were approved, showing a late-year fund balance of $4.3 million. A quarterly financial report and the previous meeting’s minutes were also approved.
The board was audience to a PowerPoint presentation about district facilities, including which buildings were in need of repair, upkeep or remodeling.
Three college-bound seniors requested early graduation, citing their completion of all academic requirements.
The district nutritionist was commended by the board for complying with new federal breakfast and lunch standards, which earned the district a six-cent raise in federal funding of low-cost meals.

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