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School Board Accepts Means' Resignation


December 15, 2017

Cheyenne County School District #1 bid a reluctant farewell to one of its own at its regular meeting Monday.

Board member Doug Means, who has served since 2013, tendered his resignation effective as of the end of Monday’s meeting. Means is moving out of state.

Means told board members he was proud to have been a member of the organization, which he called one of the best he has ever been involved with. He said the town should be proud of the school and organization, saying it is top notch in part because “every one involved has one thing in mind, and that’s to give our students the best education possible.”

Prior to Means’ resignation came before the board, its members continued to review policies ranging from salary schedules to the superintendent’s evaluation. The board is reviewing all of its policies through the course of the year to align them with state requirements and update for local needs.

This month the board reviewed 4,000-series policies, extending discussion in several areas, adding one, covering the provision of job references for current or former employees

In other business the board broke from tradition when it approved a mid-term teacher resignation. By practice, the board has discouraged mid-term resignations in the past, preferring teachers fulfill their contracts through the end of the school year.

During discussion, board members agreed that with Sidney’s current circumstances, that isn’t always possible, and can be looked at on a case-by-case basis. The board subsequently accepted the resignation of Jackie Konz, whose husband has accepted a position elsewhere. The board also accepted the resignation of Sarah Malzahn, with her resignation at the end of the school year.

The board moved its January meeting to the 15th, one week later than normal.

Board Seeks Applications For Open Position

With the resignation of Board Member Doug Means this week, the Sidney School Board is looking for someone to fill his place.

Following the resignation, the board reviewed its options for replacing a member and chose to begin accepting applications right away.

Anyone interest in serving on the board is encouraged to contact School Superintendent Jay Ehler, who can guide them through the process. There is no formal application, and an initial letter of interest outlining qualifications and interest is the starting point.

The board appointed a committee from its ranks to review the applications. Top applicants will be taken before the full board Jan. 15 for appointment, and the new member would begin duties with the February meeting.

Those interested should give Ehlers their application by Jan. 12.


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