Weld Re-8 Community,
As I reflect back on the summer and the lightning speed at which it passed, I was reminded of the purpose of our School District. I attended the Open Houses, Homyak Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, and the Back-to-School Nights at each of our schools over the past two weeks and am reminded of the trust each of you places in our District employees to take great care of your most precious gifts. I spoke at our District-Wide Welcome Back Staff Meeting with the purpose of providing a clear mission and vision for our District as we engage in a continual cycle of improvement. I made note of the fact that none of our newly-transformed buildings serves its purpose without your children inside of the environment. Our “houses” do not become a “home” without the kids inside. Thank you for allowing us to serve you.
There remain some challenges throughout the District this fall with school buildings that are not quite completed within the construction phase, and the issue of transportation. I want to directly address the busing questions that continue to arise. We do have an application process, however, no matter how the timeline is communicated, it is never adequate. We have a limited number of seats on each bus and follow all Colorado Department of Education requirements to insure the safety of every student. As such, we are at the capacity of the buses currently in operation. There are strict guidelines regarding driver requirements and trainings which dictate how we place a driver into the seat of a bus. We, and our surrounding school districts including those in the immediate Metro-area, are currently experiencing a significant driver shortage due to those State requirements. Our Colorado and Metro Denver-area economies are experiencing record-setting employment rates which do not allow us to be financially competitive with Commercial Driver’s License opportunities across the state especially in the area of Oil and Gas. We are continuing to search for solutions to the issue.
We are fortunate and grateful to have newly-remodeled buildings due to your support and trust in who we are. The Colorado Department of Education recently released the measurement of our schools through their School Preference Frameworks. I am placing each of these documents on our website for viewing. I am excited for the continued growth of our students and recognize we have work to do in other areas. Our work includes professional development that is focused upon implementing the best instructional practices that will benefit your child.
September is a month of transitions and celebrations,… from summer to fall; from summer routines to Back-to-School routines, and the celebrations of Fort Lupton Trapper Days - September 7-9 - and Bluedevil Homecoming Week - September 10 - 14. Please join us in these celebrations - all are welcome!
Posted September 2, 2018
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