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Bayfield, Ignacio school boards honored by state
10/19/2007 By: Sarah Silvernail
Of the 178 school boards in the state of Colorado, the Bayfield School Board has captured the title as the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) 2007 All State School Board. The current Bayfield Board members who received the award are Valerie Borge, Robin Duffy-Wirth, Bill Faust, Scott Kujath and Barbara Wickman.
“[This award] has kind of blown us away. This is the first time, to my knowledge, that the [recognition] was received by a board on the Western Slope,” Bayfield Superintendent Don Magill stated at the board’s Oct. 11 meeting.
CASB received letters of recommendation from the Ignacio and Durango School Districts, the Resource Enrichment and Academic Choices (REACH) Program, the Town of Bayfield, the Pine River Senior Citizens and Dan Ford, the president of the Pine River Valley Bank, nominating the Bayfield School Board for the honor. CASB explained that the Bayfield School Board received the title because its “commitment to communication with the school district staff and community is evident in their ongoing efforts to provide Bayfield students with the skills and talents community members and staff determined critical for success after high school…Not only is the Bayfield school board focused on their own school district, but they are also committed to collaborating with neighboring school districts, Ignacio and Durango, to explore ideas and share resources.”
“This is a neat honor for all of us in the county. It’s been a pleasure to work with this board,” Ignacio Superintendent Juvie Jones said.
The Ignacio and Durango School Districts came together on their recommendation for the five-member board citing the Bayfield board’s commitment to collaboration amongst the La Plata County Schools.
“Bayfield initiated this collaboration, which is one of the reasons we hold [Bayfield] in such high esteem,” Durango Superintendent Mary Barter said.
“It’s been a pleasure to be involved with Ignacio and Bayfield, who support us in all that we do…” said Floyd Patterson, president of the Durango School Board.
A $2,500 cash award will be donated to the district from CASB sponsor George K. Baum & Company, which can be used as the board decides for educational purposes.
“The five of us are very diverse…we come from different places,” Bayfield Board President Robin Duffy-Wirth explained. “We get a lot of credit for what Don does. So much of this is Don Magill and we are so fortunate. We are lay people and [he is] the professional. It’s been a pleasure working with Durango and Ignacio.”
“We have a huge foundation in this community… I want to thank everyone who has been involved,” vice president Barbara Wickman added. “It’s about the kids every single day.”