Four trustees carried Wednesday’s school board meeting through a variety of reports and action items, including a preview of the release of ACT scores, the expansion of after-school activities and new digital citizenship requirements for students with take-home technology.

Chairwoman Patricia Russell and Trustees Janine Teske and Keith Gingery were not in attendance.

Keep your eye on the district to offer more after-school programs this year, potentially to be partially staffed by older students.

AJ Swentosky, the Multi-tiered System of Supports coordinator, works with teachers and staff to ensure all students have the support and instruction to meet their individual needs. Swentosky told the school board Wednesday that he was working to develop a centralized registration portal for after-school programming in addition to expanding offerings.

“The goal is, whatever the program may be, to tie the academic pieces into more enrichment-type activities,” he said. “We don’t want bland, intervention-specific programs.”

Staffing is always a challenge, however. Swentosky mentioned discussions about involving high school students in leadership roles, either as internships or paid positions.

ACT scores will be made public at 1 p.m. Monday.

While data analyst Karen Wattenmaker wasn’t able to speak in specifics about the embargoed data, she said the district was outperforming state averages. But, she cautioned, “we still have a ways to go.”

“One of the things that we noticed is that our female students, for one reason or another, are outperforming the state in all margins,” Wattenmaker said.

Scott Crisp, principal of Jackson Hole High School, briefed the board on changes in the state of Wyoming graduation requirements, including the removal of tiered diplomas across the state.

Crisp said the district didn’t pursue tiered diplomas because it wants all students to meet the minimum to qualify for Hathaway scholarships, which already puts diplomas in the “honors” category.

Crisp also gave a preview of what is to come at the high school once school starts.

“The goal this year is to create active, as opposed to passive, learners,” he said, discussing the redesign of classroom spaces.

Holly Voorhees-Carmichael, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, presented responsible use guidelines to be established for all students in the Teton County School District that stress safe, respectful and responsible behavior with technology.

Chief Operating Officer Brad Barker also raised the potential of switching transportation tracking systems on buses this year to overcome technological issues of the past.

Other items to watch include a vote today by the Teton County School District No. 1 Recreation District on the construction of a highway underpass at the new Munger Mountain Elementary School and an Aug. 25 meet and greet with new school board candidates at the district office.

Trustees Robbi Farrow, Syd Elliot, Kate Mead and Patricia Russell have open seats in the general election. The filing period opened Wednesday and runs through Aug. 29.

Action items passed unanimously by the board included approval of a clarified policy on expense reimbursements for board member travel and approval of a new media policy.

The public has 45 days to comment with input, questions or concerns about the media regulations.

Contact Kylie Mohr at 732-7079 or

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