Week of 10.14.16

21 Days to Election – you can make it!

I trust everyone had some good down time with the fall break!  Looking ahead, the rest of the school year has some nice breaks built into the calendar.  Work hard and play hard!

Sorry for the delay in getting the Commuique’ out this week.  We had Sir Ken on Friday and I have been traveling since Saturday for work.  I’m actually publishing this from an airport, on my way back to Colorado!  We’ll keep the Communique’ short and sweet this issue!

Sir Ken Event

Thanks for everyone who came out to see Sir Ken this past Friday.  In spite of our technical difficulties with sound, I was very proud of our community and it was great to have a visionary of this caliber in Eagle County.  We’ll look to future events like this in partnership with the Vail Symposium.

The Generational Divide – Vail Symposium

Speaking of the Vail Symposium, they will be hosting an event called The Generational Divide  on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30PM at the Interfaith Chapel in Edwards.

Eagle County high school seniors from Battle Mountain High School, Eagle Valley High School, Vail Christian, Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy and Vail Mountain School will be participating in a public discussion of current issues facing our country featuring our valley’s current and future voters. Students will take the stage with adult voters to compare perspectives, views and ideals about this election season and what’s best for America’s future.

Admission is free for students, and teachers.  Parents will all get a special discounted rate of $10 to attend this exciting event.  Just show your student/faculty IDs at the door to get the discount for everyone in your party.

Student Election Event

Thanks everyone for helping make the mock election a success.  I hope your students got the chance to discuss the issues, candidates, and learn about our democratic republic and important values like tolerance.

The Vail Daily did a nice story on it.  Read that here.

Ski Pass Info!

If you are interested in getting an employee ski pass for this coming winter, please read all about it here.
Open Enrollment

Look for emails from HR on Open Enrollment and don’t forget to sign up!

Habitat for Humanity Options for Staff

RSES’s Laurine Megna-Davis let me know of this potential housing option for staff.

Just recently, in response to the skyrocketing prices of housing in Eagle County, Habitat extended the upper ceiling of the median income range to 80%.  Now, families who earn 35%-80% of our area’s median income qualify to apply (That’s $30,940.00 to $70,720 for a family of 4.). Many ECSD staff members, classified and certified alike, fall into this range. Habitat is accepting applications through Friday, October 28th.

This is the link to the Habitat website, from which applications can be downloaded: http://habitatvailvalley.org/own-a-home

Here is the link from the Vail Daily about the opportunity for Habitat home ownership:  http://www.vaildaily.com/news/vail-valleys-habitat-for-humanity-expands-eligibility-rules/

American Heart Association

Here is a letter from me about the American Heart Association’s efforts in our community..  Check it out and support these imporant efforts!

Vail Daily Articles

My article from October 4 was “Straight Talk on Teacher Pay.”

The article from last week, October 11 was “The Pros and Cons of 3A,” and took language from the TABOR voter guide to explain the issues.

Catching up with the Board of Education

The Board met on October 11 and discussed norms and expectations, heard again about lessons from Finland with Jenna Barclay and Kelly Kienzle, and heard an update from exceptional student services.

The Board took action on resolutions recognizing school transportation employees and recognizing principals.  The Board also passed a resolution creating a preference for local companies in winning bids for 3B work and going forward.

The Board also heard about how we will structure the citizen oversight committee, if 3A is successful. The current design would include 9 members from across the county, balancing geographic representation and party identification.  They will consider approving this plan at the next meeting.

You can read the Board agenda here.

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