GREEN RIVER — The Sweetwater County School District (SCSD) No. 2 Board of Trustees appointed Daniel Flom to the board, filling a vacancy that was left in early July.
The Board interviewed three individuals including Flom, Joe Clingenpeel, and Patricia Louderback. The vacancy was left when previous Chairwoman Rachelle Morris resigned from the board on July 8. Morris’ resignation was followed by allegations of embezzlement against her from the Rock Springs Young at Heart Senior Center.
Flom will be sworn in during the next school board meeting on Tuesday, September 13, as he was not present due to being at mine rescue in Kentucky. He participated in his interview last week with Superintendent Craig Barringer and the Board watched his interview prior to conducting the next two interviews.
His term will end on November 30, 2022, in which the election of new board members by the voters will take place.
More Emphasis on Trade and Life Skills
When asked why he was interested in serving on the Board of Trustees, Flom said he would like to help out the community and the school district.
“I think there needs to be some more younger blood on the school system,” he said.
He added that he is involved with the district through his family, as he has one child who is a second grader, one child who is 4 and will be entering the school district soon, and his wife teaches seventh-grade science at Lincoln Middle School.
As for qualifications for serving on the board, he said he serves on the union board at the mine he works at. This has given him experience with making decisions for the greater good and serving everybody.
As a board member, he said he would like to put an emphasis on listening to the students, staff, and the community, and ensure the board is “taking people’s considerations into effect.”
He believes the biggest issues the district faces are the budget, teaching students in a manner that’s good for “our students” and community, “and not what’s good for the whole nation,” and recognizing that all students are not college bound.
Flom said the budget will continue to get tighter and they have to make sure the district can keep offering as much as they can. This includes taking care of trade subjects, he said, as not all students are on track for college and university. He said it is important to push both sides and present options and instill skills for all students.
“Me as a kid, I wouldn’t have made it. I really want to push that not everyone is designed for four years of college,” Flom said.
That being said, he also noted that the concurrent enrollment in which high school students can take college course with Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) needs to continue and more students need to be aware of this option. He said he personally was able to get two Associate’s Degrees at WWCC in two years thanks to the concurrent enrollment.
He added that while the academic education is important and needs to continue as it is, the school district should increase its education in life skills to ensure students are prepared for life after graduation.
The interviews can be watched in the video below, starting at 4:04.