Week of 4.17.2016 BOE Meeting Preview

The Jeffco School Board has a busy schedule in the next few days.

Two Special Meetings

On Monday, April 18, beginning at 5:30pm, the Board holds a Special Meeting in the Cabinet Room at the Lakewood City Council offices. School Board members, the Lakewood Mayor, and Lakewood City Councilors will use this time to discuss items of mutual interest.

On Tuesday, April 19, beginning at 5:30pm, the Board holds a similar Special Meeting – this time in the Lake House Room of the Westin in Westminster, to discuss items of mutual interest with the Mayor and City Councilors of Westminster.

Study/Dialogue Session

On Thursday, April 20, beginning at 5:30pm, the Board holds a Study/Dialogue Session at the Ed Center. The meeting begins with a presentation from Chief Communications Officer Diana Wilson regarding the April 29 Day Without Hate.

Next, the Board will hear from Superintendent Dan McMinimee, Chief Operating Officer Steve Bell, Executive Director of Facilities Tim Reed and members of the District’s Capital Asset Advisory Committee regarding the committee’s responsibilities, members, and activities.

The Board then moves on to a presentation from Bell and Reed regarding the 2016 Facilities Master Plan. Note: recommendations – which will be implemented over a 5-7-year timeline – include transitioning 50 District elementary schools from K-6 to K-5 and 11 7-8 middle schools to 6-8 grade configurations, closing some schools, and changing some boundaries. There’s also talk of consolidating 10 underutilized and/or older schools into 5 new facilities, and removing 81 temporary classrooms. See more details on page 7 here, and more information about timing on page 30 here. One of the District’s biggest challenges is inconsistent enrollment – in some areas, enrollment is growing significantly, while many other remain stable or are shrinking.

There will be Community Forums to discuss the Facilities Master Plan:

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Next, Chief Student Success Officer Kevin Carroll, Director of Special Education Dr. Polly Ortiz Lutz, and Director of Health Services Linda Buzard will discuss an external review of the District’s Special Education Services.

The Board finishes the night with discussions about the coming year’s BOE meeting schedule and a Legislative Update.


Can’t attend Thursday’s meeting in person? Follow along via Live Streaming.

Jeffco Celebrations

Jeffco School Board Watch is thrilled to see that Green Mountain High School Principal Colleen Owens has been named Colorado’s Principal of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE).

JeffCo Proud!