White River School Board talks snow, honors staff

Snow was one of the topics at the White River School Board’s regular meeting March 9 as the board honored those who put in extra effort during the most recent falling, and scheduled a missed-day makeup.

Chris Getzin, Clay Hall and Marty Brewer were honored with Apple of Distinction Awards for their work above and beyond making the road to the high school safe for drivers during the February snow storm.

According to district Facilities and Transportation Director Rick LaBoyne the three men have many years of dedicated service to the school district and routinely respond to the changing situations and priorities any given day may bring.

Feb. 25 was one of those days.

LaBoyne explained the main roads within the district were in good condition; however, the road into and those within the White River High School complex were not.

They set aside their regular duties and formed a team to load, transport and distribute sand.

“They responded with both professionalism and enthusiasm, understanding that student and staff safety are paramount,” LaBoyne said. “Their willingness to step up and do whatever it takes in response to the needs of the district is greatly appreciated and deserving of recognition.”

District leaders will tack on the make-up snow day at the end of the year, June 20.

Alma Greb was also honored with an Apple of Distinction Award for her work as a substitute plant manager at Glacier Middle School. Although assigned as a night custodian at WRHS, Boyne said Greb volunteered to take over the additional responsibilities at Glacier for approximately four weeks during November and December.

While there, she was able to bring the cleanliness, appearance and functionality of the building and grounds back to district standards, LaBoyne said.

He added during her assignment, GMS staff and administrators frequently communicated their appreciation for her efforts to organize and direct the night crew; a crew of mostly substitute custodians.

“Alma’s willingness to step up and take on additional responsibilities in response to the needs of the district is greatly appreciated and

deserving of recognition,” LaBoyne said.

March 14-18 is also Classified School Employee Appreciation Week.

In other business, the board:

• set its next special meeting for March 23 at Mountain Meadow Elementary School and its next regular meeting April 13 at the board room. Both begin at 6 p.m.

• announced today, Wednesday, is an early release day for elementary students.

• noted March 24 is an early release day for all students.

• reminded the audience spring break is March 28 through April 1.

• was updated on the White River High School food drive, which brought in more than 7,000 items of food for the Buckley Food Bank.

• was updated on the district staff’s work with the Response to Intervention program.