The Delta County School Board is taking a close look at 2018 graduation dates in light of feedback from the community. This year, all four graduation ceremonies were scheduled on Sunday, May 21 -- two at 1 p.m. and two at 4 p.m.
Delta County Joint School District #50 has received preliminary notice of a $10 million BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) grant to be used for replacement of the sixth grade wing and the cafeteria at Delta Middle School. Other improvements are geared toward student and staff safety.
Delta County Joint School District #50 is planning to move its headquarters from Read to the former Bank of Colorado building at the corner of 4th & Palmer in Delta.
The school board voted 4-1 to enter into a lease-purchase agreement with the bank contingent upon a building inspection.
When Colorado voters approved a new minimum wage law in 2016, they probably didn't consider how that could affect the state's school districts. After two work sessions, the Delta County Board of Education continues to grapple with how best to adjust employee pay schedules to meet the $12 per hour minimum wage requirement by January 2020.
Two accidents involving school property are proving costly for Delta County Joint School District, district business manager Jim Ventrello reported last week. Both incidents involved uninsured drivers, forcing the school district to file claims with its insurance provider and pay deductibles of $10,000.
The Colorado Department of Education has released the official accreditation rating for Delta County Joint School District #50. Based on academic achievement and academic growth, school districts are placed in one of five categories:
At the Dec. 6 meeting of the Delta County School District 50J board, board members voted to certify to the BoCC for the counties of Gunnison, Montrose, Delta and Mesa, $8,693,771 in net property tax requirements and an assessment of 22.656 mills necessary for the general school fund.
Last year, a little over $9 million was raised, and at its peak, the district raised almost $11 million at the same mill levy, said district financial officer Jim Ventrello. "So we're seeing a decline."
At the December meeting of the Delta County School District, board members and administrators honored several North Fork school teachers and students and others for their outstanding achievements and dedication.
The meeting was held at Paonia High School and began with Dee Holt's mixed choir singing "The Star Spangled Banner."
When it comes to their education, North Fork area high school students have a lot to say.
About 30 students from Paonia and Hotchkiss high schools and Vision Charter Academy shared some of their thoughts and ideas with Delta County School District 50J administrators, school board and leadership team representatives last week at the Energy Tech Center in Paonia.
The students walking the halls of their high school every day have a unique perspective about facilities, curriculum and expectations for academic, athletic and behavioral performance. It was that unique perspective the school district was seeking when it invited juniors and seniors from Cedaredge and Delta high schools to a student forum.
After hosting community forums in Delta, Cedaredge, Paonia and Hotchkiss, Delta County Joint School District #50 will hear from students in the district this Friday.
Participation in the community forums varied, but overall was lower than hoped for, leading superintendent Caryn Gibson to broach the idea of hosting the community forums every other year, rather than every year. She would still like to hear from students annually.
What opportunities can the Delta County School District offer its students in the next one to three years? What are the district's greatest assets in terms of opportunity? How can the communities be engaged in student education?
Delta County Joint School District is pleased to announce it has received a grant in the amount of $4,000 from the Colorado State Library through the State Grants to Libraries Act. Funds will be used to purchase books for classroom libraries to support the Colorado Academic Standards, which encourage reading by students in a variety of genres and subjects.
Visitors to Paonia might see a quaint and quiet little town with not much going on at first glance, but look a little closer and creativity is everywhere.
A group of about 20 people, including representatives from state and local governments and entities, nonprofits and the arts toured downtown Paonia last Thursday. They all share an interest in "Space to Create."
School district enrollment topped 5,000 this year, an unexpected occurrence given the economic uncertainty in Delta County. In preparing the fiscal year budget, school district administrators anticipated a drop in enrollment of 100.
Delta County Joint School District #50 hosted its second annual legislative visit last week. State Representatives Yeulin Willett, a 1976 Delta High School graduate, and Dan Thurlow attended the event along with the three county commissioners, Delta's mayor and city manager, county administrator Robbie LeValley and Trish Thibido, executive director of Delta County Economic Development.
Fearing the worst, the FY2017 budget for Delta County Joint School District #50 was built around an anticipated drop in enrollment of 100 students.
Early indicators, however, show enrollment is surprisingly steady countywide.
Senior citizens are encouraged to obtain a free lifetime activity pass for school events throughout Delta County. To obtain this pass, seniors are invited to their local schools on the following dates from 9 a.m. to noon:
With the fiscal year beginning July 1, Delta County Joint School District staff members received a two-pronged boost to salaries called a "step and roll."
The "step" entails a bump in the salary schedule for current employees; the "roll" is an adjustment to the salary schedule that moves up starting salaries for beginning teachers, while also supporting existing staff. Between the two, staff members receive an estimated salary increase of 4 percent for 2016-17.
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