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Griffith named next RHS principal

Apr 10, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Fremont County School District 25 Board of Trustees agreed to offer John Griffith a contract for Riverton High School principal.

Griffith is the current assistant principal. He'll replace Joanne Flanagan, who recently was hired as District 25 curriculum director.

"We're very proud to have John take over the leadership role at the high school," superintendent Terry Snyder said Tuesday. "We have full confidence in him."

Snyder described Griffith as an "extremely hard worker" and a "very professional and dedicated employee."

Maintenance director Larry Hartwell stood up during the meeting to tell the board that Griffith is usually "the second or third person to enter the building" early in the morning every day.

Chairman Mark Stone said he was happy Griffith got hired for the position despite being a candidate for other positions outside the district.

"We needed to keep that man in Riverton, and I'm so glad that we did," Stone said. "His past performance is probably a very good indicator of what his future performance is going to be."

Snyder added that the committee in charge of interviewing for new positions said Griffith has always worked hard, and members hope he doesn't "work himself to death as a principal."

Other changes in school staff

The resignation of Aspen Park kindergarten teacher Rebecca Dustin was received and approved by the board, effective at the end of the 2012-13 year.

The board also accepted the resignation of Aspen Park adaptive physical education teacher Matt Mortimore, effective immediately.

Kimberly Clark was hired at Riverton Middle School as a paraprofessional for multi-handicapped student. Paraprofessional Eva Croft will retire from RMS at the end of the year.

Resignation also was approved for Alternative School teacher Sally Williams, and the contract for Katlin Moore was approved by the board for a first-grade teaching position at Aspen Park for the 2013-14 school year.

The board also approved offering contracts for the 2013-14 school year to Ben Bryce for high school junior varsity tennis coach, Kayla Lynch for Ashgrove kindergarten teacher, Kelce Trujillo for Ashgrove first-grade teacher and Elyce Hendricks for Aspen Park first-grade teacher.

The school hopes to continue moving toward the state mandated 16:1 student/teacher ratio in K-3 classrooms at the schools.

Snyder told the board a meeting next week with the Wyoming School Facilities Department will determine the future of the district's capacity needs because it is currently at 123 percent of capacity. Construction funds would be provided through the state department. Development funds from the state already have been acquired.

"We're very much in need of capacity," Snyder said. "The State of Wyoming very graciously funds for those facilities."

Recent plans were proposed to build a new K-3 elementary school, remodel sections of Rendezvous Elementary, and either expand or replace Jackson Elementary.