Weld RE5J School District

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Superintendent Search Focus Groups and Survey

We recently shared with you Superintendent Foster's intent to retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Soon after the announcement the school board took action, selecting the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) to conduct a national superintendent search on its behalf.

That search starts with you! District educators and staff, along with members of the community, are invited to participate in various focus group meetings over the next two weeks to contribute to the development of a leadership profile for a new superintendent of schools. A consultant from CASB will facilitate.

Hiring season in the field of education is already well underway across the country for the 2018-19 school year. We want to make sure that Weld RE-5J does not miss out on interviewing the very best candidates, which is why we have scheduled the focus groups so soon. If you are unable to attend the focus groups, an input survey is available on the district website from February 12-20.

The board is eager to hear from all stakeholders on the leadership qualities and skills necessary for the new superintendent to be successful. Your feedback will be gathered and used by CASB to advertise the position and will be the basis of interview questions for candidates. We remain on schedule to hire a new superintendent in May. We are confident that we have the time necessary to thoroughly evaluate all candidates based on the needs and desires of our community.

The meetings will be held on the following dates and times for the corresponding groups:

February 12, 2018
Administrative Team: 1:30-2:30pm, Location: Administrative Building in the Admin Team Room
Milliken Middle School Certified Teachers: 2:45-3:45, Location: MMS Library
Elementary Certified Teachers: 4:00-5:00pm, Location: Administration Building in the East Training Room

February 13, 2018
Roosevelt High School Certified Teachers: 2:45-3:45pm, Location: RHS Library
Weld RE-5J Classified Employees: 4:00-5:00pm, Location: Administration Building in the East Training Room

February 20, 2018
All Community Members: 5:30-6:30pm, Location: Milliken Middle School Library
All Community Members: 7:00-8:00pm, Location: Roosevelt High School Library
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Weld RE-5J School District needs your input! Please click here for the survey

Several citizen and staff committees are assisting the Weld RE-5J School Board in its examination of potential funding packages to enhance the schools in our community. Funding needs may require voter approval in November 2018.

Your input is important. This survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey, you will have the option to enter to win a 2018-19 Athletic/Activity Pass for Roosevelt High School events.

The web address for the survey is:

Please click for the survey, if you wish a paper copy of the survey, visit the district administration building (110 S Centennial Dr Suite A, Milliken), Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm.
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Weld RE-5J Board of Education Selects Firm for Superintendent Search

On January 31, 2018, the Weld RE-5J Board of Education selected the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) to conduct a search for a new superintendent to lead the school district starting in the 2018–2019 school year. This step by the board follows Dr. Martin Foster’s announcement earlier this month that he will retire from his position as the Weld RE-5J superintendent at the end of the 2017–2018 school year.

CASB was selected from three firms that responded to the board’s Request for Proposal for superintendent search services. “After a lengthy discussion comparing the pros and cons of each company, the board elected to select CASB as our search consultant,” said Steve McCarthy, President of the Weld RE-5J School Board. “The board is confident that CASB is the best firm to support us in conducting a nationwide search to find an exceptional candidate to lead our district into the future.”

CASB’s process includes identifying and prioritizing the board’s needs and wishes for a new superintendent and engaging staff and community members in a process to determine their desires for their next school district leader. “We are committed to engaging our community in defining the qualities and characteristics that we are seeking in our next superintendent,” McCarthy said.

Once this work is complete, CASB will place state and national advertisements and recruit potential candidates based on the profile identified by the board, staff, and community. The board will publish the search and selection timeline by mid-February, and Dr. Foster will continue in his role as superintendent with the full confidence of the board through June 2018.
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Superintendent Message to the District

Today, I shared with district staff my decision to retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Although my contract with district extends through next year, it feels like the right time for me to move to the next phase of my life. It is my true privilege to end my 40-year career in education as the superintendent of the Weld RE-5J School District.
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Impacts of Marijuana on Youth - What you need to know and what you can do to help

Location: Milliken Middle School
Date: January 29th, 2018
Time: 6-8pm

In November of 2012 Amendment 64 was passed. This amendment allows for personal growth and personal use of marijuana by individuals 21 years or older. The passing of this law has led to negative consequences for many, but more specifically our teens and kids.

Join us at our next seminar as we are equipped to handle this topic. At this seminar you will learn:

a. How marijuana effects the development of our kids from birth through young adulthood.
b. The unintended consequences of legalizing marijuana
c. Awareness and warning signs of marijuana use
d. What we can do as parents, teachers, and youth workers to keep our kids safe
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Facility Improvement Task Force created and held the first meeting

This fall there was an RE-5J Facility Improvement Task Force created, comprised primarily of community members, that is to provide input and recommendations related to a potential bond in the fall of 2018 to the school board.

The task force held their first meeting on December 6 and will hold additional meetings on January 16 and March 14.

Click on this story to be able to learn more about the task force as well to see the notes from the first meeting.
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