January brings closure to the Holiday season and the reality that a New Year is upon us. It also signals the start of the second part of the school year and provides each of us the opportunity to continue our journey together with all of the hopes and dreams that it brings.
As school resumes this time of year, we face the daily uncertainty of the weather. By Board of Education Policy, we have a clear school inclement weather protocol in place.“The Superintendent of Schools, or designee, shall in consultation with the Director of Support Services/Transportation Coordinator, make the decision as to the operation of schools during inclement weather. Selected individuals in various areas of the district shall act as reporters for providing information about weather and road conditions. The Superintendent shall consult with other area Superintendents, as well as monitor National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts. If the NWS forecast is for blizzard conditions and/or hazardous driving conditions, school shall be cancelled by 5:00 a.m.”
In addition to the above policy, the school district will send out an automated phone dialer to all families who have students registered in one of our schools. The phone numbers we use for this communication is housed inside of our student information system which is updated in each school building. I would encourage each family to contact their student’s school to provide updated email addresses and phone numbers. All television stations in our service area will also be notified of the cancellation early in the morning.
With the successful passage of the Ballot Measure 3E in November of 2016, we are busy with the many requirements for the Bond. Recently, Moody’s, who is the credit rating firm utilized across the world, spent time with us on a conference call to gather information about our current financial situation in Weld Re-8 School District. With the recent completion of our external audit by Plutt Rogers and Company, we are expecting the second highest rating for our Bond credit. Here are the listed improvements for your dollars: Weld County School District Re-8 community voted to approve a $48.6 million Bond that will improve each and every school in the district. The breakdown on the money will allow each school to receive new furniture in every classroom, safety improvements including fire sprinklers, American Disabilities Act compliant door hardware, lighting, technology, classroom acoustics, as well as enhancements to the secure entrances. The cost breakdown on your investment is as follows: • Fort Lupton High School will receive $10.692 million. • Twombly Elementary School will receive $6.804 million. • Butler Elementary School will receive $7.29 million. • Fort Middle School will receive $972,000. • New building for Early Childhood Center combination Administrative/Board Room $5.346 million. • New building to replace the temporary buildings at Quest. Quest will receive $17.496 million. We as a district are thankful for your confidence in our ability to educate our future community members and will continue to keep and place transparency at the forefront of these projects. We have published a current calendar with the meeting dates for the Design Accountability Groups (DAG) at each project on our website.
The Colorado Department of Education released the School Performance on each of our five schools. We have 4 of our 5 schools that received the highest available ranking from the state. After reviewing these state assessment results from school year 2015-2016, we have determined that as a district, our students and teachers need support in reading and writing. We are pursuing options to better prepare our kids for their future, and I will keep you updated as we move forward with curriculum and professional development. We are committed to moving all 5 of our schools into this top ranking of Performance!
I understand the confidence you have all placed in our ability to educate your children and community, and want to reassure you that we are addressing each of your student’s individual needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.