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S. Routt librarian honored

Soroco teacher receives award for online work

Soroco librarian and Colorado Online Learning instructor Brenda Little receives a glass mouse award from Dr. Tim Snyder on Thursday. Snyder is executive director of COL and recognized Little and the South Routt schools for their commitment to COL classes.
Melinda Mawdsley

In other business

The South Routt School Board:

- Approved the employment contracts for custodian Cindy Wixom, middle school assistant football coach Barry Bertollini, and bus driver Bruce Chikalla

- Adopted the Board Code of Conduct Policy

- Adopted the Policy Adoption Policy

- Adopted the Policy Development Policy

- Adopted the Facility Use Policy

- Signed a resolution of opposition to Amendments 38 and 39 and Referendum J

- Heard a request to reinstate the district's baseball program

- Heard additional information on redistricting. A plan would need to be formalized by January for a May election.

— South Routt Superintendent Kelly Reed wasn’t sure whether Brenda Little would attend Thursday’s School Board meeting if she had known she was receiving an award.

Reed invited her and tried to keep it a secret.

When Dr. Tim Snyder, executive director of Colorado Online Learning, stood up to give a presentation, he paused and called Little before the board.

He presented her with an inscribed glass mouse for being the Colorado Online Learning Innovator of the Year.

Little said she was honored by the recognition, and she talked to the School Board about the district’s online learning program.

“I encourage you, if you have kids coming up, to go ahead and take the time to look at the screen at what your kids are doing,” Little said. “It’s amazing. I wish I could have done it.”

Snyder came from Denver for Thursday’s meeting to recognize Little and the district for leadership in the use of COL classes.

“South Routt County is among the leaders in the state in terms of its vision and commitment to expanding its learning tools for 21st-century students,” Snyder said. “You are doing some great things for your kids. I hope your community understands and appreciates what you are doing.”

Reed, Soroco High School and Middle School Principal James Chamberlin and high school senior Chelsea Bonfiglio expressed their appreciation for Little and the availability of the COL classes.

“Those dual enrollment classes are a wonder,” Bonfiglio said. “I will enter college as a sophomore because of these classes.”

Soroco students also are among the best in the state in terms of passing their online classes. Little said she has room for 35 students per semester, and she always has to turn students away.

“They know what they have to do,” Little said. “They know I can check on everything and will check on everything. I just can’t say enough for the classes. It’s a great program.”

Small districts typically offer fewer classes than larger schools, so the availability of online classes enables students in rural schools to take French, German and other programs.

Small schools are reimbursed for COL classes, which cost $300 each.

Students who opt for dual enrollment – meaning they take a class for high school and college credit – pay an additional $150 to receive college credit, but that is charged to the student.

“I’d like to thank Brenda for taking the program to the next level,” Chamberlin said.

– To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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