October 24, 2021

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The Devoted Education Mavens

Again-to-university Q&A with superintendent Scott Pankow

A university student and her mother stroll up to Sunset Elementary for the to start with day of college.
Cuyler Meade / Craig Press

Moffat County learners headed back to university on Monday, beginning the initially “completely normal” fall semester due to the fact 2019. To mark the new year, the Craig Push sat down with superintendent Scott Pankow Monday to explore areas of the return: which includes potentially increased university student populations, instructor openings and university district workshops.

Craig Push: Monday’s the initially working day again, so which is remarkable. How’s it been?

Scott Pankow: It was fantastic. I made it to Sunset Elementary, the center college and Sandrock (so considerably). And I’m going to head to the significant faculty right here in just a very little little bit. The kids have been satisfied, and parents have been happy. Targeted visitors movement was superior. It was a seriously very good first working day. Very last 7 days, we had 4 of the 6 open properties, and with each and every parent, each and every child, the enjoyment was there.

It was just terrific owning them in the structures yet again, and a good deal of new people (are) coming in. I talked to many families that just moved in from Jefferson County and Colorado Springs, and on the other facet of the hill, just coming below and just hunting ahead to currently being right here.

Moffat County Superintendent Scott Pankow.

CP: Why are they shifting listed here?

SP: Some of them did of course relocate and get employment. I did have just one mom explain to me that she likes the way we’re accomplishing (reopening). It’s a tiny far more cost-effective area to dwell, definitely, and folks can telecommute now, so I can see this city pivoting and finding additional individuals, essentially.

CP: How is the school district accomplishing academics-smart, as far as having persons employed?

SP: As of this early morning, there are however 217 positions unfilled statewide (mainly because of a nationwide teacher lack). Math is the hardest one particular for us to fill, so we however have a couple of positions that we’re searching for — far more para-positions. We have pretty a few paraprofessional positions that are open, (and a) number of crucial instructor positions that we’d like to (fill). We’re likely to have to do some creative factors with class dimensions and executing some stuff with CNCC and stuff at the significant university degree. I feel we’re likely to be all right, but we’re continue to searching.

CP: How will instructor quarantine function with their paid sick times? Will they have to use their quarantine times as ill times?

SP: It is likely to have to be variety of a situation-by-case foundation. We’re partnering with the Colorado Division of General public Wellbeing and Environment with quarantines and shut-get hold of tracing. When they notify us, then teachers wouldn’t have to consider their own leave. So, it’s likely to be kind of circumstance-by-circumstance and will form of abide by particularly like we did very last 12 months. Our HR director does a terrific position with that and generating positive that academics are coated.

CP: I know you’ve been undertaking numerous workshops the previous couple of weeks. How have all those gone?

SP: They went seriously perfectly. Very last Wednesday, we had one for all the instructors coming again. Previous 7 days was good. Teachers got in the home, they obtained experienced. We just have been starting off a new standard response protocol. We’re starting to kick that off district-broad and then passing those pamphlets out to the parents. (It will be) a standardized method for unexpected emergency response like shelter-in-place, lockdowns, lockouts — all those types of things.