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Education

  • School year starts with familiar faces, new wrinkles

    A familiar face is greeting students, parents and visitors at Clear Creek High/Middle School.

    Rebecca Warmack, a 2000 graduate whose dad taught at the school for more than 30 years, is the school secretary. The school year starts for Clear Creek schools on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

    Warmack, 32, has a marketing degree from Niagara University in New York, which she attended on a cross-country scholarship. She and her brother, Zack, lived in Florida for six years because she wanted to be near the beach.

  • School budget will dip into reserves again

    The Clear Creek School District’s 2014-15 budget reflects several changes championed by the former superintendent, pay increases for teachers and staff — and a $152,000 shortfall that will be covered by reserve funds.

    The budget, recently approved by the school board, shows $8.6 million in general fund expenditures compared with last year’s $8.4 million.

    District business manager Willie Leslie said the district has had to use reserve funds to balance the budget in other years. The district’s reserve fund stands at $1.4 million.

  • School board signs curriculum contract

    The Clear Creek school board has signed a one-year contract with the Flippen Group, a consulting firm, for about $72,000 to align the curriculum through all grades.

    Interim Superintendent Roslin Marshall told the board at a work session June 12 that she tried to negotiate a lower price, but her efforts were unsuccessful.

    “So we’re looking forward to moving on with it,” Marshall said. The staff will receive more information about the realignment process by the end of this week, she said.

  • Former superintendent says it’s time to move on from district

    Former Clear Creek Superintendent Todd Lancaster said he decided ultimately to resign from his position so he and the school district could move on.

    “For many personal and professional reasons, it is best to move on,” Lancaster said. “It’s a sad thing the way it all happened. I sincerely hope the district moves on as soon as it can.”

    Lancaster said he was already being recruited for positions that offered more money.

  • Middle school principal named interim superintendent

    The Clear Creek school board has now unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent Todd Lancaster, apparently rewriting his departure scenario after two previous votes to fire him. The board then named middle school principal Roslin Marshall as interim superintendent.

    During Friday’s meeting, the board learned that the district’s attorney met with Lancaster to discuss the reasons he was fired, and Lancaster subsequently tendered his resignation. School board members have not commented on the issue, saying their attorney has advised them not to.

  • Teachers question new administrative structure

    Some Clear Creek teachers are concerned that the school board’s plan for teacher-leaders in schools hasn’t been clearly thought out.

    They say the position description is too vague, the positions have hidden responsibilities, and teachers wouldn’t be compensated for all of the additional time they would put into performing the duties.

    The teacher-leaders are part of a new administrative structure the school board has agreed to but hasn’t formally approved. 

    The structure would do two things:

  • ‘Another world’

    Bassir Atayee politely stood to the side as the class passed by to get to their seats. At 23 years old, Atayee is only a little older than the Clear Creek High School students.

  • Working through careers

    Clear Creek High senior Rachelle Talbot starts her days in the elementary school she attended as a child.

    Talbot goes from class to class helping students and teachers at King-Murphy Elementary School. She is one of the first interns in Clear Creek High School’s recently reorganized internship program, and she feels she’s been transformed by the experience.

  • Principals leery of price tag to realign curriculum

    Clear Creek’s high school and middle school principals are concerned that funds spent on hiring a curriculum consultant will hurt other educational programs.

    The fears were expressed at an April 10 school board work session on whether a consultant should be hired to align curriculum among district schools.

    The district could pay about $130,000 over two years for the curriculum alignment. The board is discussing tapping into its reserve funds or applying to the Henderson Mine for a grant to pay for half the cost.

  • A morning jolt of jazz

    The foyer of Clear Creek Middle/High School was rockin’ with live jazz Monday morning as the high school’s arts classes kicked off the annual Arts Week.

    Three teachers and a handful of students performed starting at 7:45 a.m., with two dozen students and teachers stopping to listen and applaud appreciatively.

    “I love it when they do this,” school secretary Terry Bennett said as she listened to the music from her desk in the office. “It puts a great spin on the day.”