Safety concerns prompt closure of new school

The “Do Not Enter” sign at the Meeker Elementary School now applies to students and staff until repairs can be made and safety assured. The Meeker school board directed superintendent Susan Goettel to remove students from the building and modify the 2011-2012 school calendar after structural concerns from an independent review of the building by Structural Consultants Inc., of Denver, raised safety concerns. School will start Sept. 6, 2011 in Meeker but where elementary school students will attend class, is yet to be determined.

MEEKER I Seven weeks after dedicating the new $18 million elementary school built by The Neenan Company, safety concerns about movement of the east wall of the gymnasium forced the closure of the gymnasium from Oct. 6 to Nov. 9 last fall. Now, after an independent review of the new building, school board members made […]

Meeker educators receive training

MEEKER I The Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy announced that three third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers from the local Meeker area will be attending the Houston academy in June to enhance their math and science teaching skills.

Recycle old tech equipment

RBC | The Meeker School District and Rio Blanco County are again offering our annual tech recycling program for Rio Blanco County citizens. Bring your old tech (computers, TVs, cell phones, printers, monitors, radios, etc.) for proper recycling for $5 an item.

Letter: Meeker school board against anti-tax votes

This year’s general election has three measures on its ballot that warrant discussion. It’s critical that the public understand the implications of the proposed Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 before they vote on them.

Pfau, school district reach an agreement

MEEKER I Doug Pfau and the Meeker School District have officially parted ways. Monday night, the Meeker School Board approved a settlement agreement that will pay Pfau, who was the superintendent for one year, a severance of $77,000, plus unused vacation and sick days. Pfau had signed a three-year contract when he was hired.

Meeker superintendent Pfau won’t return for second year

Doug Pfau, shown here during one of his first board meetings as the new superintendent for Meeker School District, will go on administrative leave, beginning June 21, while negotiators work out a severance package.

MEEKER I No one is saying why, but Doug Pfau, the first-year school superintendent, won’t return for a second year. “All we can say is that nothing has been finalized, other than the board and the superintendent have initiated negotiations regarding termination of his contract,” said Mary Strang, president of the Meeker School Board. “That’s […]

Meeker board declares financial emergency

MEEKER I In meetings Feb. 2 and 16, the Meeker School Board discussed, among other items, the declaration of financial exigency and the possibility of a staff reduction, student expulsions, MAPS testing results, policy changes in interscholastic athletics and changes in personnel.

School district receives mystery e-mail

MEEKER I School district personnel received a rambling e-mail message last week from an unknown sender who it is speculated may be a disgruntled employee or former employee.

Meeker considering return to four days

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MEEKER I As school districts scramble to respond to impending state budget cuts, one option being considered on both ends of the county is the four-day school week. Rangely’s school district has held public forums and surveys while it studies whether to switch to the four-day school week.

Letter: Is there better option than a roundabout?

How would you like to access your driveway right in the curve of a roundabout or have your children crossing just before or after this roundabout?

Groups encounter delays on road to new road

With Meeker Mayor Mandi Etheridge listening, Sulphur Creek resident Bob Lange makes a point during last week’s meeting.

MEEKER I There will be a road leading to the new elementary school. That much is certain. Consider it the Road to Somewhere.

Board reviews start of year

MEEKER I At its Sept. 1 meeting, the Meeker School Board reported a successful start to the new school year. Meeker Elementary Principal Jason Hightower said, “The school year started out great.”