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Riverton school board gains variety of awards at state conference

Dec 6, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

District 25 also was recognized with the 2013 Standard of Excellence Award.

The Fremont County School District 25 was honored with many awards Nov. 20 to Nov. 22 at the Wyoming School Board Association Conference in Casper.

Long-time school board member Carl Manning was selected by the Wyoming School Board Officers as vice president for the Wyoming School Board Association and next year he will serve as president-elect. District 25 superintendent Terry Snyder gave special recognition to Manning at the conference and at the school board meeting Nov. 26, noting this award and others.

"He's made a long-term commitment to that," Snyder said, mentioning Manning's future role as president of the state board.

Snyder acknowledged that as of 2014, Manning will have served 25 years on the District 25 board. Snyder also listed Manning's educational background and the dedication he has shown to students in the community.

Manning is director of Area Three, which represents District 24 in Shoshoni, District 25 in Riverton and District 38 in Arapahoe. Manning served on the Northwest Board of Cooperative Educational Services for four years, Central Wyoming College's Board of Cooperative Higher Educational Services for three years and the Fremont County Board of Cooperative Educational Services for 12 years.

Snyder said Manning always keeps students in mind when it comes to making decisions for the districts. Manning also was inducted into the WSBA Hall of Fame and nominated by Snyder as the 2013 Wyoming School Board Member of the Year.

District 25 was recognized with the 2013 Standard of Excellence Award, which is presented to the district whose majority of members have received or are eligible for the Certified Master Board Member Award. That award is earned when a board member has 100 points, which are earned by attending or leading sessions, conferences or trainings and obtaining ongoing professional development services. Manning leads the list from District 25 with a total of 985 WSBA credit points.

Board members Dean Peranteaux and Glenn Ogg both received the Level I Award of Distinction, which is given to the board member who has 200 board certification points.

John Griffith was given the Wyoming Outstanding Educator-Wyoming Assistant Principal of the Year recognition. He is now the principal of Riverton High School.

"Your contributions as assistant principal was deserving of that award," Snyder told Griffith. "And we expect at some point you're (given) the state Principal of the Year Award."

Snyder also recognized award recipients from past years, including Golden Bell Award recipients Dr. Craig Beck in 2011, Jim Crouch in 2009, Leroy Sinner in 2002, Glenn Burgess in 1999 and James Moore in 1997. Snyder described the conference as a success for the Riverton district and praised all the board members for attending and showing their commitment and dedication to the students of Riverton.

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