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5-27-14
 
Remarks from Superintendent Dr. Bruce Messinger

Recognition for Mapleton restoration
BVSD has received recognition from the City of Boulder’s Landmarks Board for exemplary work in the historic preservation and restoration of the Mapleton school building. The Mapleton school building was originally constructed in 1888. This school year Mapleton began its newest chapter as BVSD’s first Early Childhood Education Center serving our youngest learners and preparing them for success in their educational careers. The award recognized the renovation work that was completed at Mapleton to make it suitable for preschoolers while being mindful of maintaining the character and historical elements of the original building.

Graduation ceremonies
I want to extend congratulations to the more than 2,000 BVSD seniors graduating this year. Thank you to all who attended the graduation celebrations both last weekend and the coming weekend. High school graduation is wonderful celebration of all that is good about BVSD. The success of the graduates is the outcome of quality learning in BVSD working in partnership with the students’ families. 

New teacher employment
BVSD is well-positioned this year in the employment of new teaching staff in the district. Administrators worked hard to move quickly through the staffing allocation process starting in March, allowing the district to get in the job market to employ new teachers. I’m receiving very positive feedback from the principals regarding the quality of the teaching candidates they are considering. 

Educator effectiveness
BVSD will provide trainings during the next few weeks for district administrators, principals and assistant principals regarding the educator effectiveness supervision tools. I appreciate Shelly Landgraf, Lynn Jackson and the entire Educator Effective planning team. The Educator Effectiveness team has developed high quality training to implement the professional standards for teachers and principals.  
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Superintendent recommends bond measure to address capital construction needs
Renovation work will make a dramatic difference in schools

At the May 27 regular meeting of the board of education, Superintendent Messinger recommended the board put a measure on the ballot to address $576 million in capital construction needs. The $576 million amount was based on an inventory of facility improvement needs created by district staff and the Capital Improvement Planning Committee over the past two years.

“I am really confident in the set of recommendations they delivered to you,” Messinger told the board.

The capital needs inventory was presented in three prioritized packages to the board of education at a work session earlier this month. The Superintendent’s recommendation is for the largest of the three packages, and is based on the work of CIPC and the results of the community values meetings as well as polling data that shows over 60 percent of likely voters would support a bond measure of this amount.

Over 50 percent of the total package will go to critical repairs and preventive maintenance such as repairing and replacing heating, ventilation and cooling systems, roof repairs, replacing flooring and casework, painting, removing asbestos and restroom renovations.

Due to inadequate funding from the state, BVSD has not been able to invest in adequate repair and maintenance of facilities. In addition, buildings continue to age; systems and finishes are worn out and need to be replaced.

“We have needs that have compounded over time. We are playing catch up,” Messinger told the board.

The package also includes investments in security and improving the educational functionality of school buildings as well as full day kindergarten in all schools and expansion of preschool.

Other highlights of the recommended package include projects that aim to reduce energy consumption by making sure building systems are performing optimally, a new school in Erie and investments in educational innovation. 

“This work will make a dramatic difference in schools,” according to Assistant Superintendent Don Orr.

The board will discuss the recommendation again at the June 10 meeting. If it decides to move forward with a bond measure, staff will develop the Educational Facility Master Plan over the summer which will provide more detail about what is planned for schools. The board would take final action in August.

For more details and to watch the board of education meeting, go to www.boarddocs.com/co/bvsd/Board.nsf.

For more information about the capital improvement planning process, go to www.bvsd.org/capitalimprovements.  
Impact to host Boulder Kids Challenge bike race
Impact on Education is committed to promoting healthy living among students in the Boulder Valley School District. With that in mind, Impact has partnered with the Boulder Start Stage of the USA Pro Challenge to host a ‘Boulder Kids Challenge’ fun bike race for children up to age 11.

When? August 24 (same day as the Boulder Start Stage)
Meet the Pros – 11 a.m.-Noon at Autograph alley at Folsom St. and Pearl St.
USA Pro Challenge Start – Noon at 18th & Pearl St.

The kids races have the same start time as the pros. Staging and start will be at the southeast corner of 19th and Pearl St. The first 300 to register win a t-shirt. Pre-register at www.usaproboulder.com/kids-challenge. The kids race will have staggered start times by age group. Enjoy free ice cream scoops from Ben & Jerry’s after the race!
Summer break for you and the Earth
The following are some suggestions for reducing waste and cutting the use of unnecessary resources over the summer months. All buildings will be shut down for the summer except in specific areas with scheduled activities. greenBVSD hopes you have a wonderful and relaxing summer.
  • Turn it off and unplug it: Clean out, turn off and unplug electronic equipment and appliances (faxes, printers, copiers, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, toasters, clocks, radios, etc.) that will not be used over the summer months or while you are on vacation. IT will power down all computers for the summer. You may turn off your monitor when leaving.
  • Lights Out: Turn lights off as you leave your classrooms and offices at the end of each day, and before leaving for the summer.
  • Water: Unplug electric water coolers in your office or classroom. Please report any leaking faucets in your classroom to Maintenance.
  • End of the Year Clean Up: As you are preparing for the end of the year clean up, please be mindful of what you are putting in the trash. Many of the items left in classrooms and offices can be reused, recycled or composted. Please contact the Office of Sustainability (x5181) for questions about hard to recycle materials.
  • Enjoy the Outdoors: greenBVSD hopes you enjoy lots of outdoor time this summer, and get a chance to explore new places with your Ecopass, bike and on the many local hiking trails. 
Kudos
Thanks to EVERYONE who has helped to greenBVSD by increasing recycling and composting efforts, supporting green cleaners, saving water and energy, working to include concepts of sustainability into the curriculum and building projects, supporting alternative modes of transportation and much more. Your efforts are helping the district save money and reduce the amount of resources used. More importantly, you are providing essential learning opportunities for our students and supporting healthy learning environments.

Thanks also to the 250 BVSD graduating seniors who signed the greenBVSD pledge to incorporate sustainability into their lives as they choose their next path. Students from nine of the district’s high schools made this commitment!

Looking Ahead
greenBVSD is excited to roll out energy dashboards to all schools next fall. Stay tuned for how you can be involved.
Board approvals from the May 27 School Board Meeting
  • The Board of Education approved minutes for the May 13 regular meeting and the May 20 special meeting
  • A donation of $30,000 from the Mesa PTO to Mesa Elementary was approved
  • The Board reviewed and approved school requests for new fees and adjustments to existing fees for 2014-15
  • The Board approved a request from an employee to sell parenting skills books written in Spanish to BVSD
Superintendent's Honor Roll page updated
All spring 2014 Superintendent's Honorees are now featured on the Superintendent's Honor Roll page. View nomination letters and photos for each honoree, along with past individuals chosen by Superintendent Dr. Bruce Messinger. Superintendent's Honor Roll recognizes individuals and groups through out the school year for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Boulder Valley School District.

Boulder Valley
Board of Education
Laurie Albright, Ed.D., President
Jennie Belval,
Vice-President
Shelly Benford, Treasurer
Jim Reed
Tom Miers
Sam Fuqua
Tina Marquis

Boulder Valley
School District
Bruce Messinger, Ph.D.,
Superintendent

Newsletter Editor:
Jade Cody