Weld RE5J School District

Announcements & Events

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
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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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Announcing Weld RE-5J Superintendent Finalists

As you know, Dr. Foster is retiring at the end of this school year and we are engaged in a search for a new superintendent. Today, we are pleased to announce the finalists for the role. We hope you will come meet these candidates at a Community Forum on Friday, April 27 from 7-9 p.m at the Weld RE-5J Administration Building ( 110 Centennial Dr A, Milliken, CO 80543 ) , East Training Room . Please note this location has been updated from an earlier communication due to a scheduling conflict at RHS.

Leslie Arnold is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Initiatives in the Boulder Valley School District which serves approximately 30,000 students and 56 school sites. 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.

Margaret Crespo is currently the Chief Academic Officer in the Thompson R2-J School District which serves nearly 16,300 students and 42 school sites. She has 27 years of experience in education in which time she has served as a teacher, high school principal, middle school principal, adjunct university faculty member , and school district administrator. In addition to her current role, she has served as the director of secondary services and executive director of secondary in Thompson R2-J over the past eight years. Ms. Crespo is a fully bilingual Spanish speaker.

Tracey A. Kinney, Ed. D. is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for Laramie County School District #1 in Cheyenne, Wyoming which serves more than 14,000 students and 35 school sites. She has 28 years of experience in education in which time she has served as a teacher, elementary principal, high school principal, athletic director, curriculum and assessment director, adjunct university faculty member, educational consultant, and interim superintendent. Dr. Kinney has served as an assistant superintendent for the past 15 years.

Patrick Antony (Tony) O’Brien is currently the superintendent of Newcastle Public Schools in Newcastle, Oklahoma which serves 2,100 students and four school sites. He has 32 years of experience in education in which time he has served as a teacher, athletic director, principal, and coach. He also served in higher education as the VP of Admin Affairs and Director of Teacher Education for Mid-America Christian University for over a decade. Mr. O’Brien has served as a school district superintendent for the past 13 years.

What happens next?

Finalists will be participating in a series of events and interviews in the district April 27 and 28 including a Community Forum on Friday, April 27 from 7-9 p.m at the Weld RE-5J Administration Building (110 Centennial Dr A, Milliken, CO 80543), East Training Room. This event will also be Livestreamed.

On May 3, 2018 the board hopes to announce a sole finalist for the permanent superintendent position.

We are excited to present for your consideration four incredibly talented finalists. We hope you will accept our invitation to get to know these candidates by attending the April 27 Community Forum.
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Spring 2018 Assessment Information

The 2018 Colorado Measures of Academic Success are now being administered in grades 3-8 and Science in high school. Additionally, high school students are participating in PSAT and SAT assessments.

For school specific schedules and opt-out information, please click the link on the headline.
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March 2018 Superintendent Message

Student safety is on everyone’s minds, especially in the wake of the tragic incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month. Even prior to that terrible event, of the more than 1,000 people who took our school district survey earlier this year, more than half ranked safety and security enhancements for schools as their first, second, or third priority when it comes to what they would like to see funded.

To continue reading, please click the headline above.
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Update Concerning School Safety 3/14/18

Dear Weld RE-5J Families:

I wanted to make you aware that around 6:45AM this morning, we received a report from Safe2Tell Colorado alleging that a threat had been made by a student against other RHS students participating in a walkout today aligned with national activities associated with the Parkland, Florida incident. The student who allegedly made the threat was named in the report and has been located by the Johnstown Police Department and officers have determined the threat is not credible.

We have been advised by law enforcement that it is safe for RHS students to attend school today. However, we are advising students, in light of the threat this morning and others like it in other school districts, that they reconsider plans for a walkout. In an abundance of caution, we are suggesting that RHS students remain in the school building today. This impacts only the high school as related to the walkout that was planned for 10AM today. Other outdoor activities will continue, as planned, at all Weld RE-5J schools.

Marty Foster
Superintendent of Schools
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Superintendent's Message Regarding School Security and Threats

Dear Weld Re-5J Families,

Over the past week, the safety of students has been of heightened concern across the nation in wake of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. Here in RE-5J, in other Colorado school districts, and in districts around the country, rumors and “copycat” threats have ensued following the Florida incident.

I want to take this opportunity to remind families and students that we take every threat to our schools seriously and involve law enforcement in every instance. Beyond school disciplinary action, students who make threats may face prosecution by law enforcement. Our local law enforcement agencies do not tolerate behavior that threatens to endanger people in our community.

This weekend, we ask that you have discussions with your student about how important it is to speak up regarding rumors or threats. Reporting this information to a trusted adult or Safe2Tell (1-877-542-7233) is the BEST way for students to keep themselves, their friends, and our community safe. It is also important that students understand that there are life-changing consequences for making threats of violence toward schools or other people. These consequences are just as severe when threats made are intended as pranks or hoaxes.

We also strongly urge families to take advantage of mental health services provided by North Range Behavioral Health. If your student is in crisis, call 844.493.TALK (8255), Text Talk to 38255, or go to 928 12th Street in Greeley.

By clicking on the title above you can access the Weld RE-5J School Safety and Emergency Response Information in place to address school violence or threats.

In Weld RE-5J, we join those who are mourning the victims of the Florida high school shooting. Our hearts to out to the school community and everyone impacted by this terrible tragedy. Please be assured that our priority is to keep our students safe and to keep you informed regarding your student’s safety and well-being.

Marty Foster
Superintendent of Schools
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