|Wiebers, Killin, Camblin to take oath of office for Re-1J school board|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
Three school board members will be sworn into office at the Monday, Nov. 18 Re-1J school board meeting.
Incumbents Kris Camblin and Kim Killin return to the board for their second four-year term. Joining Camblin and Killin will be Pat Wiebers, who will be replacing Jeff Tharp, who has fulfilled his two-term limit.
Since only three candidates completed nomination petitions for the three open seats, the election was canceled and the three will fill the open board seats.
With over seven years as a member of the school board under his belt, Kris Camblin has chosen to return for his last consecutive four-year term with hopes of initiating change at the state level.
“They are sending so many rules down from the state that I don’t necessarily agree with, so I would like to get involved in the state decisions and see if I can get some of those changed so they help rural America,” Camblin said.
The ways schools are funded, restrictions on what schools can do with money and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing are a few of the issues Camblin would like to address.
“I think what’s happening is that you have all these lobbyists in the Front Range and they’re catering everything to the Front Range schools. So I would like to help get in the hip pocket of the lobbyists and say ‘Hey, we’re rural America. It might work on the Front Range, but it’s not going to work out here,’” Camblin explained.
Through his time on the board, Camblin stated that his favorite part of being involved with the school board is watching the kids evolve through the school. He also mentioned that it has been interesting to see how decisions are made and how they impact the students.
In the past seven years, Camblin said he is proud to have played a role in the drug and alcohol program, helping get the track project going, assisting with getting money for school upgrades and the hiring of Superintendent Bret Miles, which Camblin sees as a key for the continued success of the district.
Camblin and wife Marla have two children in Holyoke schools as Tyler is a freshman and Kaylee is a seventh-grader.
After graduating from Custer County High School, Camblin joined the military for four years. He then attended Colorado Aero Tech and later attained his associate degree from Northeastern Junior College.
Camblin is a construction foreman at Highline Electric.
After completing her first four-year term, Kim Killin is set to return as a member of the school board.
“I enjoy working with the other board members and staff. It is really a good group, and it has been enjoyable,” Killin said.
With her oldest son, Austin, in college, her oldest daughter, Alyssa, nearing high school graduation and her youngest son, Cade, in elementary school, Killin has a broad perspective on the education system.
One issue that has caught her attention deals with weighted grades and ranking for college students.
“Are we disadvantaging the kids by not weighting the GPA and rank?” Killin questioned.
Killin also anticipates curriculum implementation, graduation standards and funding concerns as important issues that she will be involved with in the future.
In her first four years on the board, Killin said she is especially proud of the focus groups with the students and stated that the board has discussed including grade school students as well.
“The focus groups really helped with concerns that the kids have,” Killin said. “Giving the kids a voice in the school I think is huge.”
Also a source of pride for Killin are the facility upgrades, such as the new track, that have taken place while she has been a board member.
Killin is a partner at Colver, Killin & Sprague, LLP. She and husband Troy also farm and are involved in a trucking company.
After graduating from HHS in 1987, Killin went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Regis University and law degree from Denver University.
With 30 years as a band teacher padding her résumé, 11 of which were in Holyoke, Pat Wiebers has decided to lend her knowledge to the school district as the newest member of the school board.
She stated that she saw the school board as an opportunity to contribute and give back to the community and school.
“I feel like I have a broad base of experience and perspective to bring to the board,” Wiebers said.
Since retiring in 2010, Wiebers has stayed busy, substitute teaching an estimated three to five days a week. She stays involved with the music program by serving as assistant director for the HHS musical.
Wiebers said she is excited to work with the other school board members to provide the youth with the necessary intellectual, emotional and social skills that enable them to function as productive, successful citizens in adult society.
She added that her goal for the board is to “continue to be a progressive, forward-thinking district that provides our students with a quality education and supports our staff in their efforts as well.”
Wiebers has served on the district accountability committee, Re-1J Foundation board, leadership team, standards of excellence team, superintendent advisory committee and Phillips County Arts Council and has been a mentor for new teachers.
After graduating from Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Neb., Wiebers received her bachelor’s degree from Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb., in 1980. In 2006, Wiebers received her master’s degree in curriculum from Adams State College.
Coming from a long line of educators, Wiebers points out that her grandparents, parents, uncles, brother and sister all became educators.
Wiebers has two daughters, two stepsons and eight grandchildren with husband Gale.
Holyoke Enterprise October 31, 2013