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
Starting tomorrow it appears we are headed to a dramatic shift in weather across our state as the very first truly cold weather of the season is about to come from the Artic and spread into Colorado. Beginning tomorrow and lasting through the week, Frosty is making an appearance and we all need to be prepared for the bitterly cold days ahead.
Please talk to your children about the cold weather and how they can prepare for the extreme cold weather conditions by dressing appropriately. School will be in session unless we get a lot of snowfall (not expected) with this storm.
Thank you, and be prepared for the challenging weather times ahead - welcome to winter in Colorado!
-Mark Payler, Superintendent
posted: December 2nd, 2013
The new school board was sworn into office at the November 18 board meeting. Cris Howard, outgoing board President, administers the oath of office to (left to right) Kevin Schwickrath-District G, Shannon Rhoda-District F, Janice Wilkin-District C, and Mike Simone-District E.
posted: November 19th, 2013
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