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July 2019        

 

Dear Weld Re-8 Community:

 

As we reach the halfway point of the summer break, we are in the middle of several construction projects to finish our Bond of 2016.  With the Bond (construction) dollars, as our Community approved, we have met the promise to our voters for these projects.  Weld Re-8 is able to provide additional projects with the savings through our builds and wise use of dollars.  We have met, and are now exceeding, the promise made for the dollars you authorized and entrusted the District to use for the improvement of educating your child(ren).  You will see new parking lot improvements at the High School which include a separated drive lane for entering and exiting.  Better drainage is part of this parking lot project in addition to the installation of new security cameras.  The School/Public Library parking area will also have improved drainage and new LED lighting for improved safety.  There will be a period of time that the main entrance to the Library will be rerouted to the door on the north.  Temporary public parking will be in the North lot (typically used for staff and visitor parking during the school year).  At Bob Felps Field (our football and soccer stadium), new electrical installations will address code deficiencies.  A new out-building will be constructed to house equipment for our Maintenance Department.  The updated outdoor common area between the High School and Floyd Acre Gym will allow for an outside gathering area for students.  Twombly Elementary will have a much-needed new gymnasium floor at the conclusion of the projects, and Fort Lupton Middle School will receive Epson touchscreen boards.  All of these Construction projects are above what was originally in the Bond budget and due to Construction cost-savings through careful financial planning throughout the past three years, Weld Re-8 has positioned itself to joyfully provide more for our students and our Community.

In preparing for your students and a productive 2019-2020 school year, the District Leadership Team spent three days in early June developing success plans and long-term success expectations. With this work, the Leadership team further developed, and will utilize, the following four Core Values and Beliefs:

  1. Valuing and Investing in People
  2. Excellence
  3. Teamwork
  4. Integrity
In the August website letter I will spend time explaining each of these and each one's importance.
 

Lastly, I am requesting your help with our Mill Levy Override (MLO) question.  We have a current Mill Levy that will expire on December 31, 2020.  This current Mill Levy generates $1,400,000 annually that provides direct funding for the retention and recruitment of personnel.  (Bond monies are a separate fund and can ONLY be used for construction and materials.) We are investigating the possibility of placing a $3,500,000 MLO on the ballot in November of 2019.  This will mean additional .99 cents per $100,000 of a house in valuation and would not take effect until the current Mill Levy expires in December 2020. Please attend the next Community meeting on Tuesday, July 9th at 6:00 pm in the District Commons/Board of Education Meeting Room as your input is very important and welcomed. Please also see additional information on the MLO question on the District Website including commonly-asked questions and answers.

 

I am honored to serve as Superintendent of Schools for Weld Re-8 School District, and encourage you to reach out with any questions you may have.

Alan

 

 

Posted June 30, 2019 @ 7:25 p.m.

 

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