Student selected as National Merit Scholar finalist

by Carolina King

Ouray senior Cooper Rondinelli has been selected as a National Merit Scholar finalist. Superintendent Scott Pankow made the announcement at the regular Ouray School Board meeting on Feb. 25.
Pankow said that puts Rondinelli in the top half of 1 percent of high-school students in the nation. He will find out in March if he is selected.
Ouray School Board met Wednesday, Feb. 20 for a retreat and again on Monday, Feb. 25 for a regular meeting. At the retreat the board delved into a huge range of topics with a focus on district goals.
At the regular meeting a letter regarding teacher bonuses was discussed and student achievement was highlighted.
Pankow was also proud to report that nine middle school students went to the state competition for speech, and two students placed in third and fourth places at state.
The board discussed a letter submitted to them by Chris Hinkson, a member of the school budget committee and former board member. Hinkson’s letter was written to express her “concerns on the issue of bonuses.”
She stated she felt that “from the community’s perspective bonuses represent a surplus of money” and “in the long run, bonuses are...

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