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McOmie nominated for Golden Bell Award

Oct 12, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

All eight Fremont County school boards have agreed to back a resolution supporting the nomination of state Rep. Del McOmie, R-Lander, for one of the biggest awards in education.

"Since Del has helped with so many education issues he was a natural nomination for the (Wyoming Indian) board," School District 14 superintendent Michelle Hoffman said.

School District 14 trustees nominated McOmie for the Golden Bell Award at their Sept. 12 meeting. From there, other boards in the county were asked to endorse the legislator who has spent years in service to education in the Cowboy State.

Hoffman said as far as she knew, this was the first time an entire county of school boards supported a nomination for the award, which is presented by the Wyoming School Boards Association.

"All the school districts coming together and voicing support for this nomination is pretty awesome," Hoffman said.

According to the WSBA, the award is given to "those people who have made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of education in the state."

Last year, Craig Beck and Dan Hudson earned the award. Beck is a former superintendent for Riverton and Shoshoni, and Hudson worked for School District 14 for 30 years as a business manager before being hired as a consultant at Arapahoe. He also served on the Lander school board.

"The Board of Trustees at Fremont County School District #14 believes Del McOmie to be a strong supporter for education for all students throughout the state," the nomination stated.

McOmie announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election after serving in the Legislature for 14 years.

"Mr. McOmie was nominated for this award because of his involvement for the past several years in the Wyoming State Legislature and for his never-ending fight for improving education for our students across the State of Wyoming," the nomination stated.

McOmie served on numerous committees including 10 years on the House Education Committee, which he co-chaired for four years. He was chair of the Select Committee on School Facilities for four years and served two years each on the Wyoming Education Planning and Coordinating Council, the National Conference of State Legislator Education Committee and the Council of State Governments -- West Education.

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