Happy New Year!
I hope everyone is settling back into the groove of teaching and learning for 2017. Thanks to 3A and 3B, several exciting things are on the horizon for the rest of this school year, but the big changes are coming later in 2017 and beyond.
Much of this edition of the Communique’ focuses on things happening with the Board of Education, who is making some big decisions as we implement budgetary changes for the current school year and also make strategic plans for 2017-18 and beyond.
Catching up with the Board of Education
The Board of Education had a busy meeting this Wednesday and considered several important items. These included an update on the revised budget for this year (we have funds to spend!), real estate we are acquiring as part of the 3B Bond work, the school calendar for 2017-18 and beyond, acknowledgment of the 3A and 3B campaign committee, approval of a new bus pass and student tracking system for transportation, the Gallup Student Poll results, early childhood education, an update on counseling services, and some changes to our financial oversight committees.
2017-18 Calendar Approved
One of items the Board took action on was revising the 2017-18 calendar. They had approved a similar calendar for 2017-18 to the one we are operating on this year. However, the Board received some negative feedback related to the shortened holiday break we had this year. Based on a recommendation from the calendar committee, the Board was responsive to the feedback and direction from the calendar committee and revised the 2017-18 calendar to restore a full two week holiday break for next school year.
In December, the Board met at the annual Colorado Association of School Boards convention in Colorado Springs. While there, we had a Board retreat and one of the items the Board took up was our organizational values.
Identifying organizational values is important in that they set the tone and parameters for decision making. However, they also come with an obligation to live up to them and incur the real pain of values-based decision making, as opposed to what is most expedient.
The values the Board identified are:
- Engaged Learners
- Inspired Professionals
- A Sense of Adventure
- A Caring Community
- A Commitment to Equity
This spring, I’ll be writing an updated vision document for Eagle County Schools, picking up on where the Altitude Report left off and charting a course for the future. In this upcoming document, I’ll get into some detail on these new organizational values, what they mean, and (most importantly) how they will shape decisions for Eagle County Schools going forward.
I’m pleased to announce that I have appointed Rob Parish as Principal for Battle Mountain High School. This effectively removes the Interim title from Rob’s role and sets him up to be the Principal for Battle Mountain’s future. Please see my statement on this matter here and join me in congratulating Rob!
InteGreat Vista Position
InteGreat! is looking for a Health Schools Coordinator (VISTA). Please check out the position posting here and forward on to anyone you know that might be a good fit. Note that it closes today, so don’t delay if someone is interested in applying!
Walking Mountains – Cabin Fever Party, March 4!
An awesome night for a great cause, consider attending Walking Mountains Cabin Fever Party on Saturday March 4. $100 a ticket gets you into island inspired food and cocktails followed by music and dancing with the super funky sounds of Euroforquestra.
Vail Daily Articles
My articles over the past two weeks focused on state and national education policy.
For 1.03.17, I discussed a proposal from Colorado Springs State Senator Owen Hill (R) on charter school funding equalization and how a swap might be made for sending a state funding source called the Hospital Provider Fee toward education.
For 1.11.17, I looked at President Obama’s education legacy, accomplishments, and what impact those may have for the long term.
Catching Up with Twitter
Check out this Storify Post on the happenings on Twitter from #ecsrocks tweeps!