Six seats on the Weld Re-8 Board of Education are up for election this fall. This includes all director districts with the exception of District C. Petitions are due by 4:30 p.m. on August 28. In addition, the Board recently took action to place two issues on the ballot:
1. A continuation of an existing mill levy override for 10 years. This issue has been important to our district during times of decreased funding from the state and the decision by the state legislature to impose the negative factor to the school finance formula, rather than fund schools at growth plus inflation. Approval of ballot measure will not increase the current tax rate. Proceeds of the mill levy override would be used to:
· Provide ongoing maintenance of district facilities in order to extend their useful life,
· Purchase academic supplies and materials, and replace outdated books, to advance student achievement in reading, writing, math, science and other subject areas,
· Improve and acquire instructional technology district-wide in order to raise student achievement in the classroom, and
· Provide early childhood education for all district residents, including preschool and all-day kindergarten.
2. A bond issue for $20.7 million to acquire, construct, repair and improve district capital assets to, among other things:
· Address safety and security needs at Butler Elementary School (Fort Lupton), Twombly Elementary School (Fort Lupton) and Fort Lupton High School, including card-reader locks, interior and exterior cameras, and intercom systems, and,
· Construct a permanent K-8 school on district-owned property within Weld County School District Re-8 to replace Quest Academy’s temporary modular buildings
The estimated monthly tax impact of the proposed $20.7 million bond is $1.56 per $100,000 of the market value of a home. If your home is valued at $200,000, the monthly tax increase is $3.12. If your home is valued at $250,000, the monthly tax increase is $3.90. Commercial property owners, including oil and gas companies will pay a larger share of the cost compared to homeowners.
The results of a district-wide survey mailed to active voter households indicated 72% support for the mill levy override renewal and 60% support for the proposed bond measure.
Vacancies on the District Accountability Committee: The District Accountability Committee (DAC) is a committee that is made up of teachers and parents from each building as well as an administrator and classified representative from the district and other community representatives. The DAC is responsible for (among other things) accrediting the district schools, approving curriculum adoption proposals for the board review, and conducting a yearly survey of students, parents and staff.
The DAC meets once a month in the evening, 9-10 times a year. We currently have the following open positions for the 15-16 school year:
a) Fort Lupton High School
b) Quest Academy at Dacono
c) Twombly Elementary
d) District-wide: Parent of an ELL Student
·School Level Administrator Representative
-Classified Staff Representative (This position includes a stipend)
With the possible exception of the ELL parent position, district employees cannot fill the parent roles. There is a brief application process; in the case of multiple applicants, a selection will be made by the officers of the DAC. If you are interested in being a part of this group, or know a parent who might be interested, please contact Scott Graham (email@example.com).
BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION PRESS RELEASE
On Tuesday, November 3, 2015, an election will be conducted for the following school director districts:
1)Director District A - 2-year term (currently represented by Troy Boscia)
2) Director District B - 4-year term (currently represented by Carol McDermott)
3) Director District D - 4-year term (currently represented by Kelly Mason-Davis)
4) Director District E - 4-year term (currently represented by Mike Simone)
5) Director District F- 2-year term (currently represented by Amy O’brien)
6) Director District G - 2-year term (currently represented by Beth Block)
A candidate for school director must be an “eligible” elector of the district, which means he/she must have been a registered elector and a resident of the school district for at least twelve consecutive months before the election and a resident of the director district which will be represented. A person is ineligible to run for school director if he or she has been convicted of committing a sexual offense against a child.
A person who desires to be a candidate for school district shall file a written notice of intention to be a candidate and a nomination petition in accordance with law. Nomination petitions, as well as maps and descriptions of the director districts, may be picked up at the Central Administration Office (301 Reynolds Street, Fort Lupton) Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Petitions may not be picked up before this date. Completed petitions should be submitted to Wendy Sarazen-Faulhaber, the School District’s designated election official no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 28, 2015.
Candidates for school district director must also meet filing requirements under the Colorado Campaign Reform Act. Candidates are required to report contributions and expenditures on forms that are available from the Weld County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in Greeley. A report is required even if the candidate has not received any contributions or had any expenditures in conducting the campaign.
SCHOOL CLOSURE INFORMATION
When it becomes necessary to close school due to weather conditions and/or mechanical conditions, the district will send a phone message (please make sure we have your current contact information), post the information on our website (www.weld8.org) and broadcast information over the following television and radio stations:
Channel 2 KWGN Channel 31 KDVR
Channel 4 KCNC KFKA 1310 AM
Channel 7 KMGH KOA 850 AM
Channel 9 KUSA
The listing will be Weld County Re-8, Fort Lupton
For a recording about school closure information, please call: 303-857-7370. Depending on weather conditions, schools may be closed for the day or schools may have a delayed start. As always, student safety is our priority. Parents may elect to keep children home in adverse conditions.