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Se tember 30, 2021 l The Lovell Chronicle l 7 WY-TOPP SCORES Mountain’s third-grade class scored nine points below the state average in English language arts at 41 percent proficient. Rocky Mountain’s fourth grade class scored 26 per— cent lower than the state average at 28 percent proficient in English lan— guage arts. Grade six scored six percent below the state av— erage in English langua e arts with 52 percent pro i- cient and 17 percent below the state average in math at 31 percent proficient. “Our teachers are very aware of those gaps and WAGE INCREASE Board member Mary Matthews said that the move was necessary in or— der to maintain staff. But more than that, she said, the employees getting the raise would deserve it. “I think housekeeping and dietary don’t get the recognition they need as employees,” Matthews said. “I’ve worked with them in the past. They do the work no one else wants to do, and we couldn’t run our facility without them. Giving them this money gives them self-esteem and makes them proud to come in. It’s a sign of appreciation.” Board member Ron Christensen urged caution continued from page one are taking them serious— ly,” curriculum director for School District No. 1 Ryan Boettcher said. “Remedia— tion and intervention work is being pursued while we make sure the classes reach the level of learning that they need to be at." The rest of the scores were good news for the district, most notably the district as a whole scored 17 percent above the state in fourth grade English language arts, 14 percent above the state average in fifth grade English lan- guage arts and 17 percent above the state at 70 per— continued from page one from the board, stating the board needed to be care— ful that they could afford a wage increase long—term. Chief Financial Officer Darcy Robertson said the administration is pursuing several ideas of where they could implement cost sav— ings elsewhere, highlight— ing that the hospital cur— rently pays half a million dollars in overtime every year, a number she stated could be reduced. Board member Bruce Morrison said the move was both the right and moral one for the district. “We kind of have just gone along and got away with what we can. I think cent proficient in seventh grade En lish. The istrict scored 29 percent above the state in ninth grade math with 70 percent test proficient, and 24 percent above the state in 10th grade math in 26 percent proficient. The district scored 10 percent above the state av- erage in 10th grade science at 58 percent proficient. Burlington schools led the state in every category. “What these scores show the most is the quality of our instruc— tion within this district,” Boettcher said. it's time we step up to the plate,” Morrison said. “You can go .to Walmart and work at $18.50 to be a shelf-stocker right now. I don’t think $15 is out of reason in order to keep our employees.” With the board speak- ing in favor of the proposal, Connell added his support, as well. “We’re not planning on being stagnant. That’s not an option for us,” Connell said. “This is something that is achievable, and we know it will have a positive impact on our team and our people." The board voted unani- mously for the measure. DAVID PECK The Saturday morning fire that consumed a trailer loaded with rolls of plastic bound for CETCO fills the September sky with black smoke. The plume could be seen for miles around. continued from page one Mangus agreed, not— ing, “It came out of the back axle. You could see it the way it was burning." The troo er said JR’s Towing 0 Greybull helped push the dam- aged trailer to the side so that traffic could re- sume, then returned Sunday to finish clean— ing up. Davis did say that MONDAY Meals are sewed daily from noon to 1 PM. Call 307-548-6556 for home delivery before 10:30 AM ‘vlon-Fri. on the day you need the meal. Beef stew, crackers, homemade bread, creamy fruit ambrosia, spinach mushroom salad bread CENTER CLOSED vegetables, roll, Columbus Day TUESDAY Sweet sour chicken, H “Beefpepper steak, brown rice, broccoli, apricots, whole grain Sallsbury steak, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, Italian Mandarin oranges, Jean’s vegetable salad the highway surface was damaged by the eXtreme heat and will have to be repaired. “About 50 or 60 feet of pavement will have to be replaced,” he said. Davis said US 14A was. closed at Burgess Junction and below the fire site for about .an hour. No citations were WEDNESDAY spouses, $5 for all others, mashed potatoes, peas & carrots, roll, apple pie, tomato & cucumber salad THURSDAY Meal Prices: $3 suggested donation for SAMS registered people over 60 and accompanyin Menu is sulyect to change due to availability of Item Ham & veggie omelt, 1/2 banana, Wheatis, cinnamon roll, low sodium tomato juic issued in the incident. Mangus added that, with resources devot- ed to the truck fire, the Powell Fire Department sent a truck to Lovell to stand by in case an- other call came in. The Deaver-Frannie Fire Dept. also sent a tanker to the mountain in case it was needed. 757 Great Western Ave., Lovell, WY FRIDAY . 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Main 307-548-7120 Student enrollment numbers hold steady fOr School District Two BY DAVID PECK Big Horn County School District No. 2 has essentially held steady for enrollment numbers com— pared, to a year ago, and that’s just fine with Supt. Doug Hazen. The district had an en— rollment of 740 as of Tues— day, down by just three students from one year ago and up "from Septem- ber of 2019, when 718 stu- dents were enrolled in the district. ’ “It’s always important to keep our enrollment up, especially with- staffing,” Hazen said, noting that the state funding model pro— vides about $16,000 in dis— trict funding per student. “Our district is in very sound financial condition, but we constantly look at our enrollment numbers. They are consistent from last year and still up from a couple of years ago.” One class can make a difference, Hazen noted. “We had a slight— ly smaller- kindergarten class this year, although it has grown," he noted. “Af- ter registration, going into the summer, it was quite a ' small class of 40, but it has grown to 48." Last year’s kindergar- ten enrollment was 52 at the start of the school year. “We have a couple pockets of large classesfi’ Hazen said. “Our juniors number 66, and our eighth graders are 61. Our biggest class is our fifth grade at 78, and our second grade is fairly large at 68.” The smallest class, K—12, is the 2022 graduat— ing senior class, with just 44 students compared to last year’s; September en- rollment of 57. A year ago, several stu— dents, around 15, took ad— vantage of online learn— ing through the district’s Classroom Based Virtu— al Education program, which Hazen described as a state-based program to offer an online option for students without them at— tending a full—blown on— line school like Connec- tions Academy. But things have changed this school yean “That concept doesn’t really exist,” Hazen said, noting that students who want full—time virtual learning can enroll in the Connections Academy. “We do have remote learning for kids who have short—term absences like when quarantining,” Ha- zen continued. “Students can access education like last year through video. “We also have a plat— form called Canvass so kids can get informa- tion on their iPads. Stu— dents can access their as- signments, content, links and the like, basically the classroom material.” Looking at the en- rollment numbers for the 2021—22 school year, num— bers are dead even com— pared to a year ago at the elementary school, up at the middle school and down at the high school. There are 345 stu— dents currently enrolled at Lovell Elementary School, the same number as one year ago. There are 48 stu- dents in kindergarten, 47 in first rade, 68 in second grade, 0 in third grade, 54 in fourth grade and 78 in fifth grade. Lovell Middle School has a current enrollment of 173, up 10 students from a year ago. There are 57 students in sixth grade, 55 in seventh grade and 61 in eighth grade. Lovell High School is down 13 students as the school year begins, from 235 students last year to 222 this year. There are 59 freshmen, 53 sophomores, 66 juniors and 44 seniors. Hazen said there are currently 80 out—of—dis- trict students enrolled in the Lovell school system. Active coronavirus cases fall for second day WYOMING NEWS EXCHANGE The number of active coronavirus cases in Wyo— ming declined for a second consecutive day Tuesday, falling by 45 from Monday. The Wyoming Depart- ment of Health, in its reg- ular coronavirus update, said it received reports of 272 new laboratory—con- firmed cases Monday and 223 probable cases. At the same time, the department received new reports of 499 recover— ies since Monday, leaving the state with 3,662 active cases, a decline of 45 from Monday. Monday’s total of 3,707 was a decline of 441 active cases from Friday. Natrona County con- tinued to lead the state for active cases with 620; Campbell County had 369; Fremont County had 308; Laramie had 297; Uinta had 276; Sweetwater had 247; Park had 211; Sheridan had 176; Lincoln had 144; Albany had 139; Washakie had 113; Converse had 106; Teton had 102; Sublette had 93; Goshen and Big Horn had 70; Carbon had 66; Crook had 58; Platte had 50; John— son had 44; Weston had 34; Niobrara had 24, and Hot Springs had 14. Active cases are deter— mined by adding the to— tal confirmed and probable coronavirus cases diag— nosed since the illness first surfaced in Wyoming on March 12, 2020, subtract— ing the number of recover— ies during the same period among patients with both confirmed and probable cases and taking into ac— count the number of deaths attributed to the illness. The new confirmed and probable cases brou ht to 89,430 the number 0 peo- ple diagnosed with corona— virus since the illness was first discovered in Wyo— ming. Of those, 84,772 have recovered. The number of people being treated for corona- virus in Wyoming hospitals increased y 18 on Tuesday to total 210. ' "i Casper’s Wyoming Medical Center was treat— ing the highest number of COVID—19 patients at 39, while 37 patients were being treated at the Cheyenne Regional Medi- cal Center. Two Big Horn County deaths tied to COVlD-19 WYOMING NEWS EXCHANGE The number of Wyo- ming deaths linked to coro- navirus climbed to 996 on Tuesday as the Wyoming Department of Health re- leased new information on 41 deaths. The department’s weekly update of deaths tied to coronavirus said the 41 all died in August or Sep— tember and said most of the victims, 35, had been hospitalized for treatment of coronavirus before their deaths. Six of the victims, five women and one men, were Laramie County residents, while four others, three men and one woman, were from Fremont County. Four Natrona Coun- ty residents, two men and two women, also died in September, as did four Park County residents, three men and one woman, and four Platte County resi- dents, three men and one woman. Other victims includ— ed an Albany County man and woman, two Big Horn County men, three Camp— bell County men, a Carbon County man and a Con— NOW'S THE TIME GET A VACCINE Some patients who had COVlD-19 before thought they couldn’t get it again and turned down the vaccine. One patient who got COVlD—19 a second time was much sicker, missing weeks of work. After he recovered, he got vaccinated. Based on real \IVyoming stories. OUTSMART COVID~19. Visit vaccinegov or call 800-232-0233 to find a vaccine near you. Pazd for With federal COS/Ind? response funds. verse County woman. A Crook County man’s death was also linked to COVID—19, as was the death of a Goshen County man, a Niobrara County man, a Sheridan County man, a Sweetwater County man and woman, a Teton Coun— ty woman and two Uinta County men. The announcement came as the Health Depart- ment announced the num— ber of active coronavirus cases in Wyoming declined for a second consecutive day Tuesday, falling by 45 from Monday to total 3,662. Wyoming Department of Health R6010! the Chronicle om the WWWLOVELLCHRONICLE-COM i a}