Home of the 2010-11 National Middle School of the Year
Welcome to our new website and the door to your schools! While we are located about 45 minutes north of Denver and 45 minutes east of Boulder, this website makes our district accessible to you no matter where you are or what time it is…we are as close as your computer or smartphone! Our website is arranged so that you may see the district’s events on a master calendar while clicking on the individual school link will take you to the information you may need in order for your child to be successful in their school.
Daily we strive to be “A Community United for Student Success…College Ready” and work hard to ensure the success of our 2,400 students. Our schools are individual communities made up of caring faculty, staff and students and we invite you to visit our schools to observe the education process in action.
We have made a commitment to excellence so that all of our students will continue to grow academically. Each year our schools’ state assessment scores are increasing, as is the academic growth of our students. This past year each of our elementary schools significantly increased their 3rd grade reading scores – and that is only the beginning. Our continued focus on math, reading and writing is starting to reap rewards for our students in terms of post-secondary scholarships and college entry opportunities.
Quite simply, we need to ensure that our students are prepared for whatever career they chose to pursue once they leave the schools of Weld School District Re-8.
We invite you to take a closer look at the schools of Weld Re-8. We take great pride in what we have to offer our students and ask that you join us in continuing our goal of ensuring student success.
Mark A. Payler
Superintendent of Schools
The Weld School District Re-8 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to participation and admission in any Weld School District Re-8 program. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
REBAR: Issue #2
Mid February Update
Weld County School District Re-8 recently issued a total of $11.7 million of general obligation bonds to fund high priority repairs and renovations to its middle school, high school and two elementary schools. With interest rates at historically low levels, the district was able to realize an interest rate of 2.69%.
On November 6, 2012, voters approved the $11.7 million bond measure with more than 60% support. Approximately $5.1 million of the bond proceeds—in addition to a $5.5 million grant from the State of Colorado’s BEST program—will be used to update the district’s historic Fort Lupton Middle School. Many of the improvements will focus on health, safety and security improvements, including expanding the fire sprinkler system, replacing the outdate elevator, and reconfiguring the main entrance.
Fort Lupton High School, Butler Elementary School and Twombly Elementary School will also benefit from the bond issue. Among the improvements that will be addressed at the high school include heating and cooling system upgrades, roof and floor replacement, security and surveillance upgrades, and a variety of athletic facility improvements, including replacing the woefully outdated running track. Roof replacement, heating and cooling system upgrades, new flooring, school grounds improvements and parking lot repairs will be addressed at the two elementary schools.
In addition to the bond sale, the district continued working toward building the membership of the construction project team. The month of January focused on identifying the architect and mechanic engineering team. Interest in the middle school was very high in the regional architect community and over a dozen firms attended an informational meeting and walk-through conducted on January 10th. Five finalist firms were invited to interviews with the district on January 30th. An interview team comprised of Mark Payler (Superintendent), John Hoag (Assistant Superintendent), Dick Hawley (Maintenance and Transportation Director), Mike Rask (Community Member), John Sattler (DCS-Owner Rep) and Cheryl Honigsberg (Principal Consultant/Architect, Division of Capital Construction-BEST) met with finalists and narrowed the architect search down to two firms. After two weeks of exhaustive reference checks and follow up questions, the district offered the architect contract to the firm of Anderson Hallas Architects, PC of Golden. The firm was founded in 1990 and specializes in historic public sector work with projects including the Denver Civic Center, Silverton School, Craig Hall at DU, various historic schools in the Denver Public School system, and Many Glacier Hotel in their portfolio of successful projects.
Up next? The last major member of our project team is the selection of the CM/GC partner (Construction Management/General Contractor). The school district will advertise on the BEST website for firms interested in this work and anticipates making a decision, after both interviews and cost proposals are reviewed, by no later than the middle of April.
posted: March 7th, 2013
Weld County School District Re-8
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