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.... i / i/! i ii ; j ;::i i~ i ::~i [i ! i!ill i::;:I ' ;:,;:i:i/i i?:::;:~ "~i~ ~i :i = i i.=,.ii, ii i i ii i i iii i ii ~-.-".~:~'L~" .~ ~ : i- =:H:~.:~!.~- :i-| " What's Inside ... Recycling program 3 Public health future 6 Football previews 8 Jen's Little China 12 LOVELL, WYOMING VOLUME 108, NUMBER 13 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 75 DAVID PECK Lovell Elementary Principal Cheri Hoffman hugs returning student Hailey Rael on the first day of school Aug. 22. Enrollment.is holding steady in School District No. 2. BY PATTI CARPENTER Big Horn County School District No. 2 Supt. Dan Coe reported that enrollments seem to be holding steady in his district again this year. Last year's enrollment on the first day of school district was 700. This figure, referred to as the districts average daily membership (ADM), is a figure that affects funding for the district. On the first day of school for the 2013-14 school year the total of students enrolled was 698 with more expected to enroll. Coe said he expects to see the figure increase to around 700. Enrollment figures on the first day of school for Lovell's schools were kindergarten 70 students, 1st grade 58, 2nd 45, 3rd 63, 4th 51, 5th 51 for a total of 338 students compared to 335 last year at the el- ementary school level. The middle school had 47 enrolled in the 6th grade class, 53 in 7th and 51 in 8th for a total of 151 enrolled as compared to 164 students last year. The high school had 55 students enrolled in 9th grade, 52 in 10th, 57 in llth and 45 in 12th for a total of 209 enrolled. The overall enrollment or ADM on day 11 last year was 709. About the same is expected for this year. District supervisors watch these numbers very carefully, since schools are funded in part based on student enrollments, specifically on the 1 lth day of school. BY PATTI CARPENTER School administrators were pleasantly surprised with the re- sults of the ACT Suite testing re- sults of grades 9, 10 and 11 show- ing Lovell High School students testing at above state averages at each grade level in English, math, reading and science. The Wyoming Accountability in Education Act requires each dis- trict in the entire state to admin- ister the EXPLORE, PLAN and ACT tests to nearly all 9th, 10th and llth graders each year in the spring. The purpose of the test is to predict college and career read- iness, and at the llth grade level the test is also used as an account- ability measure for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), which can affect federal funding for the dis- trict. It also affects an individual student's ability to receive Hatha- way scholarship funds, as well as the amount of those funds. Eleventh-graders tested above the state average across the board in all areas. Tenth-graders tested at or above the state aver- age in all levels, as well. Ninth- graders, who were being intro- duced to the ACT suite for the first time, tested well above state aver- ages, too. The district's students per- formed in the top 10 as compared to other districts throughout the state for each area assessed by the ACT suite of testing. Like other students statewide, the students had a slightly rough- er go at PAWS testing, in part due to changes in the test that incor- porate the new common core stan- dards for "field testing" purposes. Nonetheless, the students tested well, with most grade levels test- ing above the state in proficiency in the areas of reading, math and sci- ence, meeting the overall district goal to meet or exceed the state averages. Although some scores were slightly down compared to the previous year due to changes in the test structure, in most cas- es the students still soared above state levels. Although scores in reading for third and seventh grade were slightly below state average, the same students tested very well in the same subject areas on their MAP tests. MAP is a different type SEE 'DIST. 2 EXCEEDS AVERAGE' page 3 Lovell tops 'young families' ratings list BY DAVID PECK Lovell has been named the "Best Town in Wyo- ming for Young Families" by the business website NerdWallet.com. The site, which provides news, information and ratings on finance, investing, education, travel and more issued a press release Tuesday praising Lovell for its religion-based lifestyle and excellent educational system. "Lovell supports a strong LDS community and a great educational system," said writer Mike An- derson. "Juniors at Lovell High - which earned a near perfect rating from GreatSchools - scored two points higher than the state average on the ACT last year." In his introduction, Anderson wrote that 'Toung families may visit Wyoming for its natural beauty, but they stay for more, including opportu- nities for adults and children alike. "NerdWallet sought the best towns for young families, so as we analyzed cities and towns across the state, we asked the following questions: "1. Does the town have good public schools? We measured schools' academic performance with rat- ings from GreatSchools. This non-profit compares a given school's standardized test scores to the state average to obtain a rating on a 1 to 10 scale (10 representing the highest score). Higher ratings led to a higher overall score. "2. Can you afford to live there? We looked at both average home values in each town and ongo- ing monthly home costs including mortgage pay- ments, real estate taxes, insurance costs, utilities, fuel and other bills. Lower costs led to a higher overall score. "3. Is the town growing and prospering? We assessed a town's economy by looking at average household income and income growth over the last decade. Higher income and greater growth led to a higher overall score." Placing second behind Lovell was Glenrock, SEE 'LOVELL TOPS FAMILIES LIST,' page 3 NEPECO ceasing business BY DAVID PECK A persistent, wind-blown fire on August 4 in Byron claimed a shop and front office. Now it has claimed the business. NEPECO owner Chad Petrich notified custom- ers of the oil field services company in a recent let- ter that the company was going out of business by the end of August and that customers needed to look elsewhere for services. The company's equipment will be sold at an auction on Thursday, Oct. 31, Petrich said. The company closing will cost eight or nine em- ployees their jobs, Petrich said, but most of them are at or near retirement age. "They're still working and will continue to work until the auction to get equipment fixed up and ready for sale," he said. Having to end business in this fashion is frus- trating, Petrich said. "Through 56 years we probably made out all right, but the value of the loss on its face is more than we had insurance for," he said. "There's a lot of memories in that office. All of our pictures of when we were starting out were in there. I was thinking of selling and retiring. It really hurts to lose it in that way." NEPECO was founded in 1957, Petrich said, by Arthur F. Petrich and Ed NeVille. He said the com- pany operated for "quite a few years" before it start- ed to make a profit, but now would have been a good time to sell. "There's quite a lot of stuff in there I could have sold offand kept the shop building and kept some of the equipment I wanted to keep," he said. "It really hurts. "We probably had $30,000 in (recent) electri- cal work in that building and $2,500 into a camera system for surveillance. "We were trying to upgrade the building and keep it going (for a while longer), but this speeded things up." Fire destroyed the NEPECO shop and offices in the late afternoon and evening of Sunday, Aug. 4. The Lovell Volunteer Fire Dept. was called out at 4:17 p.m. and battled the blaze for more than six hours. k BY PATTI CARPENTER The Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee rolled up their collective sleeves to ham- mer out solutions to a num- ber of problems the state is facing in connection with the Affordable Care Act, the public health nursing pro- gram, workers' comp and other programs at a legis- lative hearing on Monday, Aug. 26, and Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Lovell Community Center. The committee is co- chaired by Rep. Elaine Har- vey of Lovell and Senator Charles Scott of Casper. This was the second of four hearings that will be held in the state. The commit- tee consists of 14 members, including five members of the Senate and nine from the House. Sen. Ray Peter- son of Cowley is also on the committee. State agency directors from the Dept. of Health and Workforce Services and staff from Cheyenne testi- fled along with members of the public during the ses- sion, which was well at- tended by members of the community and other inter- ested parties, many of whom were quite vocal about their needs and concerns during the public comment period. The meeting opened on Monday with a discussion of topics related to the Wy- oming Dept. of Health, be- ginning with a discussion of transition and discharge planning, standard of care and transition planning for Title 25 patients. Title 25 provides a foun- dation and structure for the State of Wyoming to evaluate, detain and hos- pitalize persons who suffer from acute mentally illness. Several different county, state and private agencies and organizations are in- volved in the Title 25 pro- cess. The process requires that agencies collaborate and coordinate services "to ensure timely and humane interactions with individu- The Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim chaired by Rep. Elaine Harvey of Lovell and Senator met in Lovell last week for a work session. PATTI CARPENTER Committee, which is co- Charles Scott of Casper, als who are a danger to self, most vulnerable, while at Title 25. to others, or are unable to the same time ensuring that "We are working on this satisfy basic needs as a re- their rights are protected, because our process is not a sultofamentalillness." According to Harvey, very good one right now," ex- The idea is to provide two committees have beenplained Harvey. "Some peo- consistencyinthetreatment assigned to work on the ple wind up injail and others of persons when they are the problems associated withend up in a number of differ- ent situations." Harvey said some of the problems they are dealing with include housing and other discharge issues. The committee heard testimony regarding the problems and possible solu- tions. Harvey said she felt a lot of good ideas were pre- sented. The committee dis- cussed ways to create conti- nuity of care by having the staffofthe state mental hos- pital stay in touch with oth- er providers who may have worked with the patient. The committee dis- cussed the problems asso- ciated the use of regional emergency beds as a tempo- rary measure, in particular the fact that those beds are not located in a secure, "lock down" environment. This in- cludes the use of volunteers, who are not medically certi- fied to stand watch over pa- tients in a regular hospital bed. SEE 'COMMITTEE MEETS IN LOVELL' page 3 IIl[ll!l!l!lJIIl!l!Ll[l!lllll The Lovell Chronicle, 234 E. Main, Lovell, WY 82431. Contact us at: 548-2217. www.lovellchronicle.com