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June 10, 2021 The Lovell Chronicle 7 Active coronavirus cases up by WYOMING NEWS EXCHANGE The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyo- ming remained below 500 on Monday despite an in— crease of 19 in the past week. Wyoming Department of Health figures show the state had 477 active coro- navirus cases on Monday, compared to 458 on June 1. The state received 328 new reports of confirmed- COVID cases during the week, along with 81 new reports of probable cases. At the same time, the number of reported recov- eries among those with. ei- ther laboratory—confirmed or probable coronavirus cases went up by 389, leav— ing the state with 477 ac— tive cases. Laramie County had the state’s highest number of active cases on Monday at 161; Sweetwater Coun- ty had 64; Campbell Coun- ty had 47; Natrona County had 34; Park had 33; Uin— ta had 31; Fremont had 19; Sheridan had 17; Platte had 14; Albany had 12; Big Horn and Teton had ei ht; Carbon had seven; Jo n— Actlvo coronavirus cases by date ‘5000 . 0 7/I3 7/23 8/2 8/12 5/22 5/1 9/12 9/22 10/210/1210/2211/1 I1/1111/2112/212/1212/22 1“ 1/14 1/25 2” 2/16 2/25 5/3 son had fourfConverse, Goshen and Weston-had three; Lincoln, Sublette and Washakie had two, and Crook, Hot Springs and Ni— obrara had one. Active cases are deter— mined by adding the total confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diag- nosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, subtract- ing the number of recov— eries during the same pe— riod among patients with both confirmed and prob— able cases and taking into account the number of HAVE YOU HEARD? More than 5,000 products can be made from recycled paper! deaths attributed to the illness. New confirmed cases were reported in 20 coun- ties, with Laramie Coun— ty reporting the highest number of new cases at 96, followed by 48 in Sweetwa— ter County. The new confirmed and probable cases brought to 60,773 the number of Wy— oming residents diagnosed with coronavirus since the illness was first detected in Wyoming in March 2020. Of those, 59,576 have recovered, according to the Health Department. 1 Please return ASAP Please return ASAP Please return ASAP Please return ASAP Name of en try: Con tact person: Address: Total length of en try: El Horse-drawn E] Pickup w/trailer CATEGORIES: Musical Float CI Band C] Dancers Vehicles El Vehicles El Livestock El Political NoveltygF/oat El Commercial/Business Cl Club/Class Reunion El Non-profit JUNE 26, 2021 PARAD E Phone: [I Horse Rider(s) Howmanyriders El Semitruck w/trailer Brief description for announcers: Thank you for your participation! 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Smith was able to, drop 'track in his third year, handing it over to John Bernhisel, and dropped the basketball position the year after that. He would serve as athletic director for 10 years, and would serve as the head football coach un— til he left for Utah. Smith did not come into the district during easy times. It was the sixth year of consolidation, and tensions were high. Smith was the sixth head football coach in six years. “The community was so divided,” Smith said. During his third year, Smith’s mother sat him down and encouraged him to leave the position, telling him to find another place to work because the envi— ronment within the district was so caustic. ' “But, I didn’t want to come in and because it was tough the first cou— ple of years, to walk away,” Smith said. But, then Smith said, his teams started winning. Smith made it to state his third year of coaching basketball, before making it to State in football in his fourth year. In his fifth year, 1992, Smith took home the Class 1A state title. “Once we started win— ning, the communities re— ally started to mold to— gether. We were no longer the Byron Eagles, and the Cowley Jaguars and the Deaver-Frannie Trojans. That culture of being .a Rocky Mountain Grizz was finally being built,” Smith said. “We had some great teams, and just being a part of the Rocky Mountain cul— ture at that point in time was awesome.” Smith went on to win the title three more times in football. It was a period that ce- mented for Smith the im— portance athletics has, not only on the students that participate within it, but for communities as a whole. “I had parents come up and say, ‘what can we do to help?” Smith' said. “So, when we had teams come to visit, we ended up with people who donated burg— ers, and parents made brownies and all sorts of things. We ended up feed- ing the teams. Once we started that process, it was just magical. During his last four. years.in the district, from 1999 to 2003, Smith served as the principal for the By— ron, Cowley and Frannie elementary schools, as— signed with unifying those staffs before they consol- idated into the current Rocky Mountain Elemen— tary Scho'ol. OGDEN, UTAH In Ogden, Smith found himself facin a whole new range of cha lenges as the principal of Ben Lomon High School, but similar to his time at North Big Horn County, Smith found him- self tasked with building a new culture. Ben Lomon High School had 1,255 students and had students with more than 500 gang affiliated kids. It was a far cry from what Smith had known back home. To top it all off, Smith hadn’t moved down with the intention of being a principal at all. “I actually got hired as the football coach first. We went down not really plan— ning On being a principal. I thought maybe if .I found an assistant principal job that would be okay,’ Smith said. “Two weeks later, the principal resigned. Two assistant principals and the athletic director each reached out to me and asked if I would consid— 'er the principal job. They told me that I could have a lot of impact as the foot- ball coach, but they really needed me as a principal. It felt again like divine inter- vention. The Lord said this is where I needed to be.” Smith’s resume didn’t really match up with the task. He did serve as the elementary principal while in Wyoming, but oversee— ing three different schools with much smaller popula- tions, head teachers often took on much of the work. Now he found himself hav— ing to take a hands—on role in bringing back a school that was on the brink. “It was a wreck. When I came to Rocky, we had all the disjoint and all the chaos in the school sys- tem. It was that way in Ben Lomon high school when I got there, as well,” Smith said. “I stepped into that role, and just felt very fortunate. I had great help, and went to work to change the culture in that school, as well.” ’ Smith said it was an 'important time to learn about himself as a leader. “The most import— ant thing I learned was to trust my instincts and lis— ten, to my promptings, and the good Lord will take care of you when ou do that,” Smith said. “T e oth— er thing I learned was that we can do hard things. It was way out of my comfort zone, but we can do hard thin s, we can do what nee s to be done.” The most important part of changing a culture, Smith said, is creating a place where students want to be in school, where they know they have worth and where they can have good experiences that repare them for the rest 0 life. “There definitely was a feeling that the kids felt like they weren’t worth investing in, that they weren’t meant to succeed,” Smith said. Smith started the wall of fame, where previ— ous Ben Lomon graduates who went on to make out— standing differences in the world were brought back and reco nized, to instill a sense 0 'pride within the Ben Lomon culture. In addition, Smith prompted the construc— tion of a new high school, so students and teachers could have a new, better place to take pride in. “We started that work line upon line and precept upon precept and pretty soon things started hap- pening where things start- ed changing. Our gradu— ation rate went from 68 percent to 88 percent. We started seeing kids begin to succeed,” Smith said. Many of the students in the district didn’t have their needs taken care of at home, Smith said, so the work to create a sup— portive, welcoming en— vironment for students often made the largest difference. “It really rang hard-to me one time when I was at a meeting and a students said, ‘I come to school ev- eryday because Mr. Smith says hi to me,”’ Smith re- called. “They didn’t always know what they were go— ing to eat, family members were in prison, and there was so much chaos in their lives. Education was the furthest thing in their lives. Making the space safe for them, and letting them l continuedfrom pageone know they were cared for, allowed them to succeed. I didn’t do it alone. My team worked their guts out." Smith said the district has just finished a colle- giate level athletic center. “We were painting over graffiti when I came,’ Smith said. “The progress is unbelievable.” Smith served 10 years at Ben Lomon High School and left in 2013. BACK TO WYOMING Before returning, to Cowley as the superinten— dent of District No. 1, Smith served as the high school principal and the athletic director at Pinedale before spending three years at Big Horn High School as the principal there. In 2018, he received a phone call from home. Several, in fact. “I really had no desire to be a superintendent,” Smith said. “That wasn’t in my plans by any means. But I had three board members reach out and ask if I was interested in the position. I said, ‘Well, I’m a short tim— er, but if you can use my skill set for a little bit here, I certainly will consider it.’” A big reason why he decided to make the leap, Smith said, was that the leadership team of the district was made up of individuals he had known before, from 15 years prior. He knew he would be well supported. During his three years as superintendent, Smith: has led the district’s tran— sition to embracing stan— dards reference. rading‘, reformed the istricts olicies and, most un- oreseen of all, led the district through the COVID-19 pandemic. “Standards—referenced grading is the future,” Smith said. “It gives the op- portunity to have a better indication of what the stu- dent knows and what the student is capable of doing.” As far as the district’s policy manual, when Smith first sat in the superin— tendent’s chair, the dis— trict had four different ver— sions of that policy manual, with no clear indication of which one to follow. “Getting that cleared up has been a real task,” Smith said “We’ve made a lot of progress.” Perhaps the most meaningful part of his time as superintendent though was overseeing the team— work needed for the district to overcome COVID—19. “How everyone has worked together to serve our students and ensure in-person education has been incredible,” Smith said. “It was a major team effort, from the admin team, to the custodians, to the cooks, to the bus driv— ers, to the teachers. Every- one has just been remark— able to work with. I feel so blessed to have been able to go throu h that here.” Smith a so took on the role as the president of the Wyoming High School Ac— tivities Association, al— lowing him to serve a role in ensuring that students have access to the activ— ities that Smith has seen both empower students ‘ and unify communities. Stepping down to re— tire, Smith will return to Ogden to be with an abun— dance of family, includ- ing five children and nine grandchildren. .“Just to be able to go back and be with my kids and grandbabies, we’re re— ally looking forward to that,” Smith said. But as he moves for— ward to another chapter, one thing will always re— main certain, Smith said. “My love for this area and the people here. I’m truly blessed to have been able to serve here in this capacity,” Smith said. “The Big Horn Basin is always going to be my home.”