THANK YOU, for allowing us to start some major school renovation work which is sorely needed at all of our buildings. If you have driven by the middle school recently you would have noticed brightly colored orange flags out on the football field. These flags represent the locations of a closed-loop 500’ wells for our geo-thermal field which will commence with drilling in the next several weeks. This field will provide the heating for the middle school during the colder months and in warm weather. We will reverse the system and use heat pumps to take heat away from the middle school and return it to the ground, thus chilling the rooms in the school. The system is a closed loop system with no materials – water or chemicals – to be introduced or taken from the grounds or aquifer in order to climate control the middle school.
Another major focus this past e summer was to identify the entry to the middle school for both security and ADA handicap reasons. A final design was selected by the school board in June, and a “ground-breaking” ceremony was conducted in September for the entry - although we won’t begin actual construction on the new entry until next spring.
Other bond-related projects presently being conducted include improvements at Twombly Elementary School where the carpeting has been replaced and some interior painting and new signage will be installed shortly. Butler Elementary School is also in the process of having various roofing improvements conducted yet this fall. Projects slated for next summer include a new level grass field for Twombly and Butler, tennis courts at the high school and a new track surface at the current existing track location with the addition of an additional track lane so we may host track meets.
We are very concerned about the safety of our schools and you will have seen new security procedures and policies in place in our buildings – as well as time-locked doors. Recent school-related tragedies across the nation prompted us to bring in a school safety expert to evaluate our building’s safety systems. His recommendations have caused us to revamp the entries to our buildings. Currently, as you enter our buildings during certain parts of the days you may have to be “buzzed” into the building, after we have properly identified you, through a locked and secure door. While an inconvenience, we need to do this for all of the right reasons – to ensure the safety of our children.
Our theme this year is “A World-Class School District…Be There!” We have implemented a number of changes to meet the challenges of being “world-class” --- from a weekly 90 minute staff PLC (data discussion block) time built into each of our schools schedules to the 90 day action plans and new accountability efforts by everyone, this will be challenging work for all of us.
But we do this hard work for one reason – to ensure our students are able to compete with any student, anywhere…period.
In closing, YOU are a critical link in out student achievement work. We need YOUR involvement in our schools; we need YOUR positive involvement with your child at home. YOU can make the difference in YOUR child’s academic and school success.
Together, we can make a difference.
-Mark A. Payler
Superintendent of Schools
Middle School demolition photos of main hallways
Graduation Site Update
There has been some discussion about changing the site of the graduation ceremony away from Bob Phelps Field and to the outfield (grassy area) of the baseball field with seating and a sound system, while utilizing our stage, to accommodate 1000 people. The reason for this is that the contractor putting in the new water lines and irrigation lines would need to trench (pretty substantial trench --- very deep) around the entire field as well as a main water line going down the easement from the parking lot into the football field. This is more than just a simple irrigation trench as water lines (like MAIN LINES) are involved and we need to get this done in a timely manner in order to irrigate the football field, and the new Butler grassy area, during the summer months. I asked Mr. Hawley (Maintenance and Transportation Director) to investigate, with the contractor, other options today and he got back to me and the GRADUATION WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD as we have pushed back completion dates for the contractor and are crossing our fingers we can keep the field going along with the new Butler field so it is ready for fall.
posted: April 17th, 2014
WELD COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-8 SEEKS COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Weld County School District Re-8 is seeking volunteers for the newly approved Financial Oversight Committee. The committee will meet monthly throughout the school year and the primary function of the oversight committee is to assist the Board of Education in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by reviewing: • Financial reports and other financial information used internally and provided by the district to any governmental body or the public; • The district's systems of internal controls regarding finance, accounting, legal compliance and ethics that management and the Board have established; and • The business risk of the district; and the district's auditing, accounting and financial reporting processes generally. Consistent with this function, the Financial Oversight Committee will encourage continuous improvement of and should foster adherence to the district's policies, procedures and practices at all levels.
The membership of the committee will consist of: • Business Manager • Superintendent or Designee • Board Treasurer • Board Member • Parent of Current Student (2 members) • Community Member (2 members) • Business Member (2 members)
If you are interested in being a part of this committee please contact Wendy Sarazen by calling the District Administration Office at 303-857-3203 by noon on May 1, 2014. Once the committee membership is confirmed by the school board, the initial meeting will be established for mid May.
posted April 15th, 2014
Weld Re-8 Board of Education Retreat Update
After the election last November the Board of Education decided to undertake a Listening Tour. More than a dozen meetings were conducted that included teachers, parents, staff, students, the public and many leaders in the Ft. Lupton community. As a wrap up to the Listening Tour the Weld Re-8 School Board recently conducted a retreat at the Ft. Lupton Campus of Aims Community College. The purpose of the retreat was to identify items that need to be addressed as soon as possible.
We thank those who shared their ideas and comments with us on the Listening Tour. We were able to share the data we received from the Colorado Department of Education, and other data discovered locally, with those in attendance. The data was clear that the school district has faced significant challenges over the past 30 years and it appears student achievement bottomed out in the late 1990's. Achievement has been on a general increase over the past 10 years but has still not reached the state averages. Our goal is to put a plan in place to break through this “average” barrier and achieve excellence at all levels of our school district.
We know there are significant challenges within our district. About 70% of our children come from low income families and/or are English speakers as their second language. We have students who come from families with 2 working parents and others in families who are just barely making ends meet. After taking into account all the comments from the Listening Tour and the unique challenges our district faces, we decided to initially focus on the items listed below. This list is not all inclusive—there are many other issues we will address. These are items we felt need immediate attention. Our next step is to have our staff gather information as to how to best accomplish our priorities. We would love to fund all the needs of our district but, as we all know, there will be financial constraints we will have to address. We are fairly certain we will need to solicit help and support from local businesses, governmental agencies, available grants, and community members—if we have any chance of providing what we feel our children need to get a superior education. Success will require everyone in our community to contribute in some way, if they are able. The future of our children depend on it so be prepared for us to ask for your help. A community is only as strong as its schools.
The following priority list is in no particular order of importance. We feel they are all important and need to be addressed as soon as possible. Once we are comfortable with the progress of these issues we will move on to other important priorities. Your Board of Education will not settle for average. If we don't demand excellence we won't achieve excellence. We firmly believe every student matters without regard to financial or social status, the primary language they speak or ethnic background. We understand that students' different circumstances often require individualized learning environments.
--A structured after (and possibly before) school program to help enhance and/or reinforce what our children learn during class time.
--Retain quality teachers and enhance their work environment.
--Address technology challenges such as internet connectivity, number of computers, etc.
--Evaluate and possibly enhance Advanced Placement Courses, the Concurrent Enrollment program with Aims Community College, and address issues concerning providing “Life Ready” instruction so our graduates are better prepared for common life issues—such as how to balance a checkbook.
--Enhance security at our high school.
--Evaluate our textbook and other equipment replacement programs--and make sure monies are set aside to fund future needs in these areas.
--Enrich our Communication/Public Relations programs. We are exploring ways to enhance our communication at all levels within the district, among our students and parents, and with the public.
--We will investigate the seemingly overwhelming testing requirements, most of which are federally or state mandated and see if we have any legal options to modify them.
Again, this list is a result of only a small portion of all the comments we heard but there was a general consensus among those who shared their comments with us that these items need to be dealt with first, before moving on to other issues.
We would like thank all the people who participated in our Listening Tour. We appreciate your time, effort and passion—you taught us a lot. We would also like to thank our Superintendent and staff for responding to our requests for information in a very quick and comprehensive manner. And we very much appreciate Aims Community College for providing the meeting space for our retreat.
-Weld Re-8 School Board
posted April 9th, 2014
posted: April 8, 2014
Weld County School District Re-8
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