Local students return to school for another year
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Nearly 3,000 students returned to class on August 13 at the 12 schools in the San Juan School District.

Construction crews were busy putting the final touches on a number of summer projects, including the remodeling of classrooms and administrative areas at Monument Valley High School.

There are new football bleachers at Monument Valley, Whitehorse, and Monticello high schools, in addition to new auditorium seating in the same schools, plus San Juan High School.

The Silverton, CO mine spill resulted in temporary closure of the San Juan River, but school officials report no impact on instruction in the district. Water departments had reportedly saved enough water before the spill arrived to avoid any long-term impact on the schools.

District officials report that in addition to enjoying the time off, many teachers received invaluable in-service training during the summer months.

There are a number of new teachers and administrators in the district, including a new principal at Albert R. Lyman Middle School in Blanding. Aaron Brewer is the new principal. Brewer has worked as a teacher and administrator in the district for nearly 20 years. The new assistant principal at ARL is Paul Murdock.

After serving for a year as the interim principal, Lewis Whitaker is the new permanent principal at Monticello High School. He is joined by a new assistant principal, KC Olson. There are no faculty changes at Monticello High School.

For the first time in many years, there are not at least two classes per grade at Monticello Elementary School. Because of declining enrollment, there will be only one third grade class at the school.

There are also no new faculty members at Monticello Elementary. Prior faculty member Linzi Freestone was transferred to Montezuma Creek Elementary.

It is the same at Blanding Elementary, where the only change in the faculty is caused by the retirement of Debra Acton. Because of declining enrollment, she will not be replaced.

Whereas faculties are more stable in the northern schools, there are a number of new teachers in southern schools of the district. There are at least four new faculty members at Montezuma Creek, Bluff, and Tse’bii’nidzisgai elementary schools, and at Whitehorse and Monument Valley high schools.
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