HOME OF THE TIGERS
It is hard to believe that the first full month of school has passed and we have been in school six weeks already. Each month I will be providing an update of school happenings and key items that have taken place.
The new Pk-12 building plans are under way. The school is scheduled to open in August 2020 and we are excited about the opportunity to provide this to our students, staff, and community. We have had three Design Advisory Group meetings as well as a community meeting. The next community meeting is scheduled for November. All updates are posted on the district website under Facilities and Construction. Once on that page, items are posted under BEST and Bond. Please be on the lookout for the date and time. We value your input.
The School Board passed a resolution to support Amendment 73 at the September board meeting. The initiative is commonly known as Great Schools, Thriving Communities. Based on the most recent CDE estimates for 2018-19, the district would receive $0.8 million in additional ongoing revenue if the initiative were implemented for the 2018-19 school year. Our per pupil funding with A73 would be $1,873. The funding would allow us to continue offering the programs we have as well as have potential to expand to provide more diverse opportunities to our students.
As some have noticed, we have moved the entrance for the middle and high school to one location off of 3rd Street. In an effort to focus on the safety of our students and our ability to provide supervision in both the parking lots and halls, we aligned the entrance to where a majority of the teachers and classrooms are located.
Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) results were released just prior to the start of the school year. The overview of this data is available in the September Board Information located on the district website. The CMAS data is used to determine accreditation for the district and identify the performance rating level for each school and the district. The district maintained its accredited rating with 95% participation. The elementary school has been identified as priority improvement; the middle school is as improvement; and the high school is as performance. We will be writing our Unified Improvement Plan to align with improving our student outcomes. Additional information is available at http://www.cde.state.co.us/accountability/stateaccountability or http://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/accountabilityfactsheet2018.
The district website was updated and revamped over the summer. Our technology department did a fantastic job of making it user friendly as well as adding many new features to help keep all up to date. You will find all handbooks, links to pay student fees, lunch menus for the year, as well as many other items. The calendar of all events is downloadable to all Google accounts to make it easy to add items to your personal devices.
School district funding is based on October Count. Each year, we are allocated per pupil funding based on the number of students in our district. During the first two weeks of October, it is more important than ever to have all students in class everyday and riding the bus to and from school if possible. We submit the information to the Colorado Department of Education in order to receive our funding. Please make every effort to have your students at school every day not only during these two weeks but throughout the school year.
Looking forward to a year of continued growth for all.
Christy Sinner, Superintendent