Weld RE5J School District

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Van and Bus Drivers Needed

We are searching for people to join our Transportation team. We need people to drive full sized buses as well as our mini-vans.

This part-time position works well for those who are retired, self-employed, or parents with students in school. We offer paid training to help you prepare for any necessary tests.

If you are interested please apply at the “EMPLOYMENT” drop-down
and follow the prompts to apply. We look forward to hearing from you.

Transportation Department
Weld County School District RE-5J
110 S. Centennial Dr., Suite A
Milliken, CO 80543
970-587- 4020
terry.ruddick@weldre5j.org
kathy.seele@weldre5j.org
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Weld County RE-5J Future Bond and Mill-levy Referendums

A Message from the Weld RE-5J School District Board of Education
August 2018

Today, we want to share with you our intention to continue moving, with a sense of urgency, toward funding the district’s deferred maintenance issues and asking our community to make significant investments in our schools that support learning, teaching, and innovation.

Over the past year, dozens of people were involved in a Facility Improvements Task Force, the District Accountability Committee, and high school and middle school Design Leadership Teams. They examined a broad range of items including a district demographic study, facility assessments, potential construction projects, and program enhancements along with possible tax impacts. We want to take this opportunity to thank them for their time and outstanding work.

There is no question that we have made progress toward identifying future bond and mill-levy referendums. However, as a school board, we feel that we still have work to do in the coming year to fulfill our responsibility in three areas:

Completing the master planning process, which will include an educational vision, to help drive instruction and facility decisions;
Incorporating our community’s view; and
Ensuring that students get the best education for the tax dollars spent.

None of us believes that we should push “Pause.” Instead, in the 2018–19 school year the district will aggressively pursue opportunities to bring in dollars to offset the cost of facility repairs and to reduce taxpayer impact. These include, but are not limited to, the Colorado Department of Education’s Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) competitive grant program. BEST provides matching funds for capital projects, including new schools, major renovations, additions, and smaller projects. BEST grant applications are due in February of 2019, and notification of awards will occur in May/June 2019.

Additionally, the statewide citizens’ ballot Amendment 73 (Great Schools, Thriving Communities), if passed by voters in November, could bring additional, ongoing revenue to our school district. We are working to understand the requirements of the funding and the potential impact on our district.

To be clear, funding from potential BEST grants and/or Amendment 73 will not be enough. Shortfalls in state funding, totaling $26.3 million since 2009 (when the legislature enacted a maneuver called the negative factor), have prevented us from proactively addressing our maintenance issues and enhancing our facilities. We will require taxpayer support, likely in November 2019, to address pressing capacity issues at the high school as well as repairs, renovations, and expansion needs at our middle and elementary schools.

Building on the tremendous work that has been done, and with the expressed support of our school principals, the district will work with each school and its community— including our most important stakeholders, students—to identify an instructional vision and the resources and facilities needed to support it. The board intends for this to be an open and inclusive year-long process. We look forward to sharing a more comprehensive plan with you, which will include opportunities to engage, in the months ahead.

In the meantime, we invite you to share your thoughts, ideas, and interest in being involved by emailing us at listen@weldre5j.org.
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Statement Concerning Roosevelt High School Safe2Tell Report

Dear RHS Families:

We are so excited to welcome students back to school this week. I look forward to meeting our incoming freshman and new students, and welcoming back returning students and their families. As we start the year, I wanted to take a minute to remind everyone about Safe2Tell Colorado. Safe2Tell gives our students a safe, anonymous way to help someone who is struggling or hurting, learn what to look for, what to listen for, and what to report. Please take a moment to go online with your child and checkout safe2tell.org and available resources.

I also wanted to share that we had a recent Safe2Tell report come through about a threatening message that was posted on snapchat related to RHS. Thanks to this report, the police and our school were notified right away, the student who made the threat was identified, and an investigation and threat assessment is underway.

This is a great example of the system working exactly as it is intended to keep our school community safe. Our partners at the Johnstown Police Department are confident that students are safe at RHS. We are committed to providing a safe environment for students and families every day and dedicated to keeping you informed regarding your child’s safety and wellbeing.

It’s going to be a great year at RHS for students. We can’t wait to get started!

Sincerely,
Trevor Long
RHS Principal
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Announcing the Weld RE-5J Superintendent

On May 3, the Weld RE-5J School District Board of Education convened a special meeting and, after much discussion, voted unanimously to name Ms. Leslie Arnold as the sole finalist for permanent superintendent. Congratulations Ms. Arnold!

Ms. Arnold comes to Weld RE-5J from Boulder Valley School District. She has 31 years of experience in education in which time she has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and assistant superintendent. She also spent 12 years as a senior-level executive in the private education sector. Ms. Arnold has served as an assistant superintendent for the past six years.

Throughout this process, Ms. Arnold has demonstrated strengths as a collaborator, listener and consensus-builder. We have tremendous confidence in her ability to set a direction and trajectory for the district with the board, our administrators, and instructional staff that will move Weld RE-5J forward.

It should be noted that the board considered three of the four finalists at its May 3 meeting, as one of the finalists accepted a position in another district prior to the board meeting.

On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to extend our most sincere "Thank you" to educators, administrators, support staff, parents, students, and community members for your investment in our superintendent search process.

The board spent a good deal of time reviewing all interview response forms, personal summaries, and group summaries of each candidate, along with extensive feedback from our community. We are incredibly grateful for the insightful, thorough, and informative comments you provided. Your voices were heard.

The district will now enter into formal contract negotiations with Ms. Arnold. Once we have come to an official agreement, we will share more information with the community including opportunities to welcome and meet our new superintendent.
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Weld RE-5J Community Forum on May 17, 2018 from 7-9pm at Roosevelt High School

The Weld RE-5J Board of Education is considering bond and mill levy override initiatives to address critical maintenance projects at all district schools and to solve capacity issues impacting Roosevelt High School. Since December 2017, a Facility Improvements Task Force, school-based Design Leadership Teams, and the District Accountability Committee have been meeting to evaluate and provide input on potential Weld RE-5J facility and operational investments.

These committees will make recommendations to the Board of Education in early May. Those presentations will be shared with the community on May 17, at which time the community will be encouraged to ask questions and provide comments.

Any request the district makes for bond and mill levy override funding will require voter approval and, if approved, will trigger a tax increase for residential and commercial property owners in our community. Your input continues to be incredibly important as the board determines how to move forward.
The May 17 Community Forum will be livestreamed, and the presentation will be available online following the meeting. We received a significant amount of feedback from our community through a survey earlier this year, and we are continuing to collect your comments, which you can submit by emailing listen@weldre5j.org.
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