After interviewing three experienced firms, RLH Engineering and Consulting from Windsor has been chosen the the district's Owner's Representative (OR) and began work in early March. The OR will assist us with a facilities assessment of all of our buildings and properties, reviewing code compliance, health and safety needs, as well as normal maintenance and replacement and educational suitability. The useful life cycle of school buildings is 50-75 years, however, mechanical systems are 15-20 years. The Facilities Maintenance Plan will be updated and needs prioritized by the Facilities Task Force with expertise from RLH. We also are seeking Requests for Qualifications from Architectural teams and working with a demographer to help us in this pre-bond planning. The goal of this planning is to assist the Board in decisions regarding our facilities and what might be budget options and alternatives, as well strategies for a future bond issue to support our students and staff. In addition to maintaining our buildings, Twombly and Butler are near capacity and we need to be ready to meet the needs of increased enrollment as the district grows. Funds for this planning come from our Fund 16, which is Developer Contributions or Cash in lieu of land dedication. This fund is for site or building acquisition as well as facilities planning and construction and does not impact instructional funding.
2016-2017 Calendar Adoption:The Board adopted the 2016-17 school calendar at the February 22 regular meeting. I have attached the final version of the calendar. This should be very helpful for planning purposes.
Highlights for 2016-17;
School starts one week later than last year (High School starts on the third Monday of August). We dismiss on the Thursday before Memorial Day so graduation is Memorial Day Weekend.
Monday late starts are continued, however there are fewer professional development days for teachers.
Conferences are expanded in October and March with a Thursday dismissal after lunch and no school on Friday. This allows for conferences Wednesday night, Thursday from 1:30 to 8 and Friday morning. I realize there may be conflicts with church one of those evenings, but there are other options for parents.
January 2nd, 2017 is no school for staff or students as this is the official observance of New Year's Day.
Spring break returns to the last week in March. This makes sense with the state assessment calendar.
April only has one interruption - Good Friday.
Elementary and Middle School students have one more day of school compared to this year. Elementary and Middle School are 17-20 days beyond the state minimum. The High School is 6 days beyond the minimum for Seniors.
The Bright Futures program is simple. Qualified graduates of the Class of 2016 receive up to $3,000 per year for up to four years to help fund your education.
Set up as a workforce development fund, the Weld County Bright Future Grant Program is a tuition assistance program for Weld County high school graduates, GED recipients and Honorably Discharged U.S. Veterans and is funded by donations from taxpayers who receive tax incentive payments or credits for their contribution. To learn more about the Weld County Bright Futures Grant Program, go to http://www.weldcountybrightfutures.com.
Beginning in 2016, high school graduates, GED recipients and Honorably Discharged U.S. Veterans* who, during the past four years, have lived in Weld County for at least two full years; one of those years being the year of graduation from high school or receiving a GED.
*Residency requirements for Veterans differ; please visit the web site for full details. Admitted to and enrolled at any higher education institution or certified training program.
Make regular progress toward a degree or certification, and maintain a 2.0 grade point average at the post-secondary institution.
Complete a minimum of 12-credit hours per semester to recieve full benefit. Apart-time student may recieve pro-rated benefit.
There is no family income cap on the program and these "first-in" dollars will not hinder your eligible to receive other financial aid. You will still be eligiable for the Aims College Promise or the CSU Alliance and other programs and scholarships. See your high school counselor for more information.