Message fromSuperintendentChris King
School Food Project
Impact on Education
BVSD Bond Update
Small Steps to Better Health
New Management and Board Approvals
Sup's Honor Roll
Board of Education
Ken Roberge, President
Jim Reed, Vice-President
Laurie Albright, Ed.D., Treasurer
Helayne Jones, Ed.D.
Lesley Smith, Ph.D.
Christopher King, Ph.D.,
A message from Superintendent Chris King The Colorado General Assembly adjourned its session May 11. On May 10, I conveyed to the board Governor Hickenlooper’s public concern that key legislation had still not passed that affected 2010-2011 Colorado K-12 funding. These bills were legislation transferring $70 million from other state funds to the state’s general fund. If not passed, Colorado K-12 funding would have had to be cut an additional $22 million statewide next fiscal year.
I am happy to report that all necessary legislation passed guaranteeing no further cut to state K-12 funding next year. The 2011-2012 proposed BVSD budget will be presented for the board’s formal study. At this point, the state cut in funding to BVSD for next year stands at $9.1 million as earlier reported. My proposed budget reflects that cut which is offset by funds from the mill levy override passed in November.
BVSD Bond UpdateConstruction crews poised to break ground on Phase 3 Bond projectsWith the start of summer break next week the shouts and laughter of children on many BVSD campuses will be replaced with the hum of heavy equipment as projects in the third and final phase of the Bond program start construction. All school projects are now either complete or under construction. By the end of the summer, all Phase 2 projects will be finished and students will be able to enjoy many of the new learning spaces to be constructed in Phase 3.
The return to school in August will be especially exciting for students and staff at Columbine Elementary who will start the year in their brand new facility. At this time, the new building is complete and crews will move furniture and equipment in over the summer. Demolition of the old building is set to occur in June and site work including landscaping, concrete and asphalt paving will follow immediately after. Community members, staff and students will be able to tour the building for the first time at the ribbon cutting and open house on August 11 at 6 p.m.
Photos and progress updates for all projects under construction will be posted on the school pages of the Bond website.
The new Columbine Elementary building includes a semi-enclosed courtyard which was one of the favorite features of the old building.
Columbine fifth graders got a sneak peek at the new school.
Mapleton Elementary will reopen as an Early Childhood Education CenterEarlier this month, BVSD and the City of Boulder agreed to partner on a project that would include Mapleton Elementary in the district’s expansion of its preschool services. Thanks to the support of voters last November, the district is rolling out plans to increase its preschool services district-wide. Mapleton Elementary was identified as a potential site to grow preschool options in Boulder.
Mapleton Elementary ceased operation as a school in 2003 and has been used to warehouse IT equipment in recent years. To be operable as an early childhood education center, the Mapleton building will require renovation and remodeling. The City has agreed to provide $3.5 million in Education Excise Tax funds to the improvement project. The district will contribute $1.4 million in mill levy override funds. Operating expenses will be paid with ongoing override revenue.
The program will serve up to 120 students ages 3-4 and 5 until school age. The program offered at Mapleton will be consistent with the preschool program offered in schools across the district. Students from anywhere in the district will be eligible to attend as long as space is available.
This summer, the district will hire an architect and convene a Design Advisory Team (DAT). The group will begin design work in September with construction anticipated to begin next summer. The Design Advisory Team will include district staff, City of Boulder staff, parents and neighborhood representatives. The building will be ready for students for the 2013-14 school year.
Override funds also are being used to construct or augment early childhood education facilities at Aspen Creek K-8, Douglass Elementary, Emerald Elementary, Fireside Elementary, Monarch K-8, Sanchez and Whittier Elementary (kindergarten).
Keep up with the progress of the Mapleton project at here.
The following is a letter addressed to BVSD employees from the medical directors of the Boulder Valley Care Network.
To BVSD employees and families,
It isn’t often that physicians get an opportunity to work directly with local employers to improve the quality of care in our community. We, fortunately, have that opportunity with BVSD. We know that health care can be complex, frustrating, and expensive. It is critically important that we work together to make health care quality and access better for you.
The Boulder Valley Care Network (BVCN) is a diverse group of health care professionals working together in order to improve your health and quality of life. We are comprised of three hospitals, several clinics, and over 700 physicians and other clinicians. The BVCN began its collaboration at the request of BVSD to improve the local quality, value and experience of patient care for you and your families enrolled in the BVSD self-funded benefit plans. Know that we are committed to maintain a choice of providers, improve access and quality, and continue to improve our coordination of your care. We are counting on you to be engaged partners in this effort.
Here are three specific initiatives that we are working on right now:
We applaud the leadership at BVSD for having the vision and persistent effort to create a structure for this kind of community partnership. Be assured that the BVCN physicians and hospitals are engaged and committed to work with you, with each other, and with BVSD to make sure each of you has the best care.
Laird Cagan M.D, Frontier Internal Medicine P.C., Chair of the BVCN Medical Advisory Committee,David Ehrenberger, M.D., Northern Medical AssociatesJack Imig, M.D., Boulder Medical Center P.C.Mark Laitos M.D., Longs Peak Family PracticeValerie Lipetz, M.D., Community Medical AssociatesFabio Pivetta M.D., Milestone Family MedicineDavid Podlecki, M.D., Longmont ClinicCarolyn Shepherd, M.D., Clinica Family Health Services
greenBVSDSummer Break for you and the Earth
Did you know?All buildings will be shut down for the summer except in specific areas with scheduled activities. We are making a concerted effort to consolidate scheduled activities to minimize the amount of energy and resources it takes to power an entire school during the summer months.
TipsAs you enjoy a relaxing summer, please help the earth take a break too. The following are some suggestions for reducing waste and cutting the use of unnecessary resources over the summer months.
KudosCongratulations to Ella Johnson from Crestview Elementary who biked or walked to school EVERY DAY this year!! Thanks, Ella, for setting such a good example for your friends and community. We know there are other students out there, like Ella, who bike, walk and bus to school daily and we thank all of you for your sustainable commitment! Check out this fun video, documenting Superior Elementary Schools Safe Routes to School Program and participants.
Under New Management
Hats Off!Honor Roll Notes:After the last Superintendent’s Honor Roll (May 10) featuring outstanding high school musicians, we learned that Nederland Middle/Senior High also had students to be honored. Those students include:
Certificates and pens were sent to each of these students. It should also be noted that Nederland Middle/Senior High School is the only nine-time Grammy Signature School recipient in the country. NHS was also an honor performer at the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference at the Broadmoor Hotel with Fairview High School and Southern Hills Middle School.
Congratulations to this week’s Superintendent’s Honor Roll recipients:BVSD’s spring state champions were honored at the May 24 board meeting.
BVSD had three students win first place in the Colorado History Day’s junior competition, all from Summit Middle School. Those students are:
BVSD had three students win first place in the Senior Division, all from Fairview High School. Those students are:
Also honored was Fairview High teacher Leigh Campbell-Hale as winner of the 2011 Kenneth Behring Colorado History Day Teacher of the Year Award at the senior level.
The Colorado Class 5A girls’ state tennis champions at the Number 2 and Number 3 singles levels
The Fairview High Girls tennis coach is Susan Stensrud.
BVSD Class 2A girls state track champions
The Nederland High Girls track coaches are Kathy Butler and David Femmer.
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