Weld Re-8 is working with our Owner’s Representative, RLH Engineering and Consulting from Windsor to develop an updated Facilities Master Plan. Our last Master Plan was completed in June of 2000 and many of the recommendations have been implemented, including the additions to Butler Elementary School (gym, library and additional classrooms allowing the transfer of fifth grade from the Middle School) and the High School (music, drama and main entrance areas and the Floyd Acre Sports Complex) in 2002-2004 and a major renovation of the Middle School in 2012-2014 with a matching BEST grant of $5.5 million.
The first step in updating this plan is to conduct 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. Most of our buildings are in need of capital improvements, such as lighting, flooring, acoustical improvements, fixtures and furniture, as well as safety and security upgrades.
The Facilities Maintenance Plan will be updated and district-wide facilities needs prioritized by the Facilities Task Force with expertise from RLH and our architectural firm, Hord, Coplan and Macht (MCH). We are fortunate to have a developers’ contribution fund (fund 16 in our annual budget). Developers have contributed dedicated land for school sites (20 acres deeded to Weld Re-8 in the Sweetgrass Subdivision) or cash in lieu of land dedication to help mitigate the impact of new developments in our district. Over $100,000 is in that account which enables us to contract with consultants to assist in the facilities planning and potential bond issue planning, without impact to the general fund. We also use that fund for demographic studies, land surveys and geotechnical surveys of our current district owned properties in preparation for facility use. As stated, the developers’ contribution fund is for site or building acquisition as well as facilities planning and construction and does not impact instructional funding.
The Facilities Task Force has been meeting regularly since March (6 times to date) with up to fifty people in attendance to consider options and look at the needs of the district. The options including renovations and remodeling at Fort Lupton High School, Twombly Elementary and Butler Elementary for improved learning conditions and improvements to safety, security and capital improvements at all buildings, in addition to a new school (Quest) in the Sweetgrass area. We welcome your input and have a survey currently seeking more information. Click on this link to take the survey: Weld Re-8 School District Facilities Master Plan Survey
Pre-bond issue planning
The Facilities Master Plan will include recommendations on a potential bond issue to best meet the needs of all our students in Weld Re-8. The Board of Education will be making a decision in late July on whether or not to have a bond issue on the ballot in November 2016. In early August, decisions will also be made on the scope of work for our schools and the cost of the bond issue.
Summer Food Service Program at Twombly Elementary School
Weld Re-8, in partnership with Chartwells K-12 and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Weld County, are pleased to announce that we will once again be participating in the Summer Food Service Program. All children ages 18 and under will be offered a free Breakfast and Lunch on the scheduled day(s) and time(s) at the specified site(s) listed on this release. The meals offered as part of the Summer Food Service Program will be the same for all children. Here are the specifics:
· Meals are served at Twombly Elementary School at 1600 9th Street.
· Breakfast is served from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.Monday through Friday.
· Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Monday through Friday.
· The summer food service program runs through Friday, July 15, 2016.
Immunizations (vaccinations) needed!
Parents of upcoming Kindergarten and 6th graders (current pre-school or 5th grade). Please make sure your children are up-to-date on their immunizations (vaccinations) over the summer for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Notices will be going home before school is out with more information!
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.