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8 I The Lovell Chronicle I July 21,2011 www. LovellChronicle.com DAVID PECK Five Pryor Mountain Mustangs graze in Pen's Meadows in the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range Saturday afternoon. The horses are enjoying the lush vegetation on the range this summer. District One sets new salary schedule BY BOB RODRIGUEZ A 10 percent increase in base pay plus moving every eligible employee up two steps on the salary schedule for the 2011-12 school year has been approved 5-0 by trustees of Big Horn County School District One, accord- ing to a report by Superin- tendent Shon Hocker. The compensation revi- sions "will catch you up on the freeze of steps we had last year," Hocker noted to employees in an electron- ic newsletter. He further suggested that employees "take the time to thank your board members. They really are supportive of our goal to provide the best we can to our students and our staff. Your efforts are really noticed and greatly appreci- ated." The vote for approval of the revisions apparently was by trustees Dave Monk, Paul Rasmussen, Koleen Sponsel, Joan Zier and Tri- cia Aagard, as trustees Ed Riding and Brett Crosby were absent from the June 14 board meeting at the dis- trict's new central office in Cowley. Trustees preced- ed their open meeting with an executive session closed to the press and public, and one topic was "person- nel." No announcement was made in open session about action during the secret ses- sion, but Hocker addressed the matter in BHCSD One's newsletter. The compensation schedule took effect July 1 for employees including classified (nonteaching) workers and administrative staff who work during .the summer. The contract for teachers with the new pay schedule will take effect on Sept. 1. The Official Salary Schedule, which does not in- clude health insurance ben- efits, shows that a teacher with no experience falls un- der Step 1, and that with a bachelor of arts degree would begin at $44,795. The same teacher with a bach- elor's degree plus 30 addi- tional units would be paid $46,995, and with a mas- ter's degree would receive $49,195. An instructor with 20 years under his or her belt, and who has earned a mas- ter's degree plus 15 units would be at Step 19 and be paid $61,695. At the top of the schedule, a teacher at Step 22 with 25 years ex- perience holding a doctoral degree in education would top out at $65,095. As an example of the mid-range, a teacher at Step 11 with 10 years experience and holding a master's de- gree would earn $55,195; and with a doctoral diploma would be paid $58,495. The official schedule also shows compensation for school principals and the di- rectors of special education and curriculum. The mid- range is at Step 10 so that a person with nine years ex- perience and a master's de- gree would be paid $87,265; and with a master's degree plus 30 units $89,465. A person under this sched- ule with four years experi- ence and a master's degree would be at Step 5 and re- ceive $84,265. The top mark in the category is listed at 20 years experience and a doctoral degree, with pay at $96,565. Additionally, the pay roster shows supplementa- ry pay for employees includ- ing coaches, student group advisers such as FFA, and a variety of other special- ty areas such as forensics, art, music and cheerlead- ing. As well, the schedule pinpoints the salaries for support staff. The latter comprises secretaries, bus drivers, aides, custodians, bookkeepers, cooks, mainte- nance and custodial person- nel, technicians and nurs- es. The pay for the district business manager, and the directors of technology and facilities, is not listed. In other district matters, with curriculum, technol- ogy, special education, and the transportation depart- ments relocating to the new central office in Cowley, all departments are under one roof: the former Big Horn Academy and Cowley High School. The district had the historic building revamped. Hocker said that the district office will be closed on Fri- days through the remainder of the summer. "We have extended hours Mondays through Thursdays if you need to contact us," he said. It's an- ticipated that the four-day week schedule will be in ef- fect each summer, he add- ed. Vets invited to educational program Veterans are invited to Northwest College in early August to learn how the col- lege can assist them in their educational pursuits. Ses- sions devoted specifically to veterans are planned as part of NWC's New Student ,Registmtiun, session on Fri- day, Aug. 5, according to Student Success Programs Manager and Counselor Cynthia Garhart. "We're very interested in assisting area vets and helping them know: what programs and services are available to them at North- west College," Garhart ex- plained. "We want to do whatever we can to be a re- source Yor them as they plan their futures:" Interested veterans contact Garhart at 307-754- 6135 or Cynthia.Garhart@ northwestcollege.edu for more information. Kids Fishing 300ay to be held July ;.33 In an effort to increase appreciation and aware- ness of fishing, the Bighorn National Forest and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are sponsoring a Kids Fishing Day on Sat- urday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Porcupine Ranger Station Pond (locat- ed in the Big Horn Moun- tains). Youth ages 13 and un- der are invited to attend with a parent or guardian. Children (under age 16; per WGFD regulations) do not need a fishing license, al- though the parent or guard- ian needs to possess a val- id Wyoming fishing license. State regulations and creel limits will apply. This event is free. Vol- unteers from the For- est Service and Wyoming Game and Fish Depart- ment will be there to an- swer questions and provide assistance or instructions on casting techniques, fish handling, knot tying, angler ethics and fish conservation and ecology. Participants should be prepared for mountain weather and a day of fish- ing by bringing the follow- ing items: fishing rods and tackle, rain gear and lay- ered clothing, snacks, cool- ers with ice for transporting fish, sunblock and insect re- pellant. Fishing bait will be provided and six fishing rods will be available for use by children who do not have their own. For directions to the Porcupine Ranger Station fishing pond or other ques- tions, please contact the Bighorn National Forest, Medicine Wheel/Paintrock District at (307) 548-6541. Cash payout for Annie Oakley & Buddy I Saturday, July 23 Lovell Shooting Comple Shoots ...1 Shoot colored targets to get your hamburger fixins'! /"-J 4:30 p.m. practice & registration \\; 5 p.m. competition =30/50 rounds, Annie Oakley & Buddy shoots $5 each Kelso is new Big Horn County librarian BY JENNIFER BUTLER Julia Kelso recently re- located back to Wyoming from the Seattle, Wash., area, to take the position of Big Horn Library director. The position was left va- cant with the retirement of Becky Hawkins. Kelso said she was raised in Thermopolis and graduated from Hot Springs County High School. After graduation Kelso attended the University of New Mex- ico where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts de- gree in history. Kelso said she continued her education at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. There, she gained a mas- ter's degree in folklore. Af- ter achieving her master's degree she moved to Wash- ington state and finished her last section of education by earning a master's de- gree in library and informa- tion science from the Uni- versity of Washington. After several years liv- ing in the Seattle area, Kel- so said, she had the longing to return to the area where she grew up. That's when she applied to become the new library director. Kelso said she is excit- ed to be able to work with a small and dispersed library district like Big Horn Coun- ty. Although Kelso does not have professional experi- ence in the library field, she has a strong background in English, history and writ- ing through her past em- ployment. Kelso said she has been a college English teacher, a freelance writ- er and an assistant editor, among other positions. Kelso said her goal with the library district is to make it a viable resource. Kelso said she is excited to showcase Wyoming writers and artists. She said, "Wyoming houses talented people and I would like to demonstrate what Wyoming has to offer to the community." Kelso also would like to increase community in- volvement by the commu- nity requesting books and holding book reviews. She said she is thankful for the community support Julia Kelso she has received during the transition into her new job, and she welcomes anyone to stop by and meet with her. you a rip-roaring fine time at Cowley Pioneer Day this year! ]hV| reat time! LOVELL A Branch of the Bank of Bridger, N,A, YOUR L. YOUR MO." YOUR mmm, n' Member ..=,..,..-=,,. YOU R Ba/,/ FD www.bankoflovell.corn 179 E. 3rd Lovell 548-2213 Have a fun and safe Pioneer Days . t I