Nevada School Board to lose two members

Trinity Barker Contributing Writer

Long-time Nevada School Board member Laura West gave the first of her goodbyes to her school board colleagues Monday night. West is in the process of moving out of town, which means her time with the board has come to an end. Board president Marty Chitty expressed immense gratitude to West, thanking her for donating so much time to the district over the years.

West is not alone, however, in leaving the board. Chitty also formally announced his decision to step down from the board at the end of this school year. The immediate loss of West and the eventual loss of Chitty pave the way for two new individuals, who are passionate about the direction of their school district, to claim their own seats at the table.

Chitty seemed confident that the search would not prove to be very difficult. “I think there are people in our community wanting and waiting to serve.”

The board suggested that those individuals interested in becoming more involved with the school district get in contact with the board or school administration to learn how to become a member. Possible candidates should expect to be interviewed before the group. More information will become available over the next few weeks.

In other board news:

• Enrollment, both open and non-open, has increased, allowing the district to apply for $117,474.04 of modified allowable growth from the state.

• Plans for the new baseball field, which will be built on the northeast corner of the SCORE Park, were well received by the board. “I think the community will find comfort in this, because it is the field they’ve wanted in the location it should be,” Chitty announced.

• After examining the enrollment numbers for industrial tech classes and noting the high amount of males and low amount of females signed up, the board became interested in making the programs more appealing to female students. They want to show that welding and other mechanical courses are not only for males.

• On a final note, during a brief conversation about the stadium construction, the members unanimously agreed that they are very satisfied with the results thus far. Superintendent Dr. Steve Gray even wrote a letter to the staff at Story Construction, thanking them for a job well done.

“I was very pleased and impressed with them,” Gray told the board.