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Ray takes seat on Riverton school board
Longtime Riverton resident Jody Ray was sworn into her new position as member of the Fremont County School District 25 Board of Trustees on Tuesday by chairman Mark Stone during the board's regular meeting. Photo by Alejandra Silva

Ray takes seat on Riverton school board

May 30, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The longtime resident has held a variety of positions within District 25.

Longtime Riverton resident Jody Ray took her position Tuesday as the newest member of the Fremont County School District 25 Board of Trustees.

Chairman Mark Stone administered Ray's oath of office during the board's regular meeting.

"She rose above and beyond in what we were looking for," Stone said.

Ray has worked in the district for several years. She has worked as a paraprofessional and as an assistant to the activities director, and she has worked in the special education and driver's education departments, among many other positions. Her most recent position was as a substitute teacher at Aspen Park Elementary.

"Our youth is our most important component in the community," Ray said. "I have a love for this community and for these kids."

Ashdown's departure

Ray is replacing former member Greg Ashdown whose job was transferred to Billings, Mont. Stone presented Ashdown with a plaque recognizing him for the "valuable experience" and "leadership" he brought to the board during his short time there. Stone commended him on donating his time, something he said can be hard for many people to do .

"I don't think I served long enough to deserve this plaque, and I regret that I can't serve longer," Ashdown said.

Ashdown described the opportunity to serve on the board of trustees as a "learning experience." The board appointed him in November.

Superintendent Terry Snyder also thanked Ashdown for his contribution to the school district.

"We're losing a great

community contributor," Snyder said.

Other actions

Other contracts approved by the board were for Philip Pierson as the Riverton alternative program mathematics instructor and Pam Schweigert as the Riverton Middle School/High School choir teacher.

A 150-day contract for Kimberly Orbell also was approved. She will fill the teacher leader quality grant position for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Michael Collins was reappointed for another three years to the School Risk Retention Program Board of Trustees. His current term ends June 30.

The resignation of Aspen Park learning resource teacher and RHS girls' swimming assistant coach Sarah Hughes was retracted per Hughes's request.

Clint Acres was congratulated by the board for passing his master electrician test after years of working on large commercial projects and in apprenticeships and journeyman work. He passed with a 90 percent and earned top honors.

Students Taylor Pasket-Krause and Maci Evans were given the Wyoming High School Activities Association Good Sportsmanship award.

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