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From the Desk of Superintendent, Alan Kaylor
 
Weld Re-8 families,

As we enter the last few days of our school year, I want to take the time to thank you for your support this school year, and especially over the past few weeks and months. Our voters passed a Bond issue in November 2016 for which we, as a District, continue to be grateful for and deeply appreciative. I know fresh in each of our memories is April 27, 2018, when we cancelled school for our students due to the teacher walkout in support of Initiative 93. On that Friday, some 500,000 students across the State were not in school due to this increasing call to action. While it is not what anyone hoped for, it is time for our legislators to fully fund our students’ education.

Colorado currently ranks 42nd in the nation in per pupil funding.
  • In Colorado, we fund our students at an average of $2,500 per student less than the national average – not the upper end of the scale - average.
  • Only two states, Oklahoma and Arizona, spend less than Colorado on services for students with special needs.
  • Despite constitutional protections designed to protect public school funding in Colorado, public schools have been underfunded by billions of dollars since 2008.
  • Colorado ranked 50th of all states and the District of Columbia in how teacher pay compares to that of other college-educated workers.
  • 95 percent of teacher salaries are below the standard of living in rural Colorado.
  • Colorado is experiencing a significant teacher shortage. This is compounded in that close to 20% of teachers leave the profession within the first five years, citing low pay and low public regard as two leading reasons for leaving the profession.
  • It is estimated that there is close to $18 billion dollars in school construction needs across the state.
 
We are entering the summer construction phase to all of our schools. The goal is to have 100% completion on all of the remodels/builds by the time we return to school on August 27, 2018 at Butler and Twombly with Homyak, Fort Lupton Middle School and Fort Lupton High School set to begin on August 20, 2018.

All of our state assessments are completed, and I am including the School Performance Frameworks for each building and District for you to view. I invite you to learn about your school and the quality of education your children receive in Weld Re-8.

I am thankful for each of you in our Weld Re-8 family and look forward to the end of the year celebrations including Fort Lupton High School Graduation on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at our stadium.

Alan

Posted 4/30/18

Alan J. Kaylor, Superintendent
Weld County School District Re-8
301 Reynolds Street
Fort Lupton Colorado 80621
Office Hours 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
(303) 857-3200 phone