Garfield Re-2 News You can Use

A quick update on District happenings

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We are trying to learn more about what benefits you use, and what benefits you would like to see whether you use the benefits right now or not.

CLICK HERE to take this anonymous and confidential survey today!

Meet your new Finance Director

The Garfield Re-2 School District is pleased to announce that Michael Rynkiewicz is the new Director of Finance. Mr. Rynkiewicz was approved by the Garfield Re-2 School Board at the August 28, 2018 school board meeting.

Rynkiewicz takes over for former Director of Finance Christy Hamrick who took a position with the Town of Basalt after 17-years in Garfield Re-2. Rynkiewicz officially began with Garfield Re-2 August 30.

Read more about Mike here!

Garfield Re-2 receives funding for additional pre-school and kindergarten slots

The kindergarten and preschool classrooms in Garfield Re-2 will be bigger than ever this fall thanks in large part to a $420,340 competitive Colorado Department of Education appropriation.

As part of the 2018 Colorado Legislative session, the State expanded the funding for the Colorado Preschool Program and Early Childhood At Risk Enhancement programs by 1,000 slots. School districts were encouraged to apply for the additional slots made available. Garfield Re-2 Director of Curriculum and Assessment Julie Knowles explained that with the support of the Superintendent, Asst. Superintendent and elementary principals, the application that she submitted on behalf of the district was approved adding 25 preschool spaces and 82 ECARE (Early Childhood At Risk Enhancement) spaces. The ECARE spaces will be used to assist families with full-day kindergarten tuition.

Read more about the CPP/ECARE funding here!

WE WANT YOU. . .on the Human Resources Design team!

Have you ever wondered about how our insurance benefits are determined? Do you want to see a more robust wellness policy? The HR Design Team may be for you!!! This committee will be tasked with reviewing our current health insurance and enhancing our benefits, and much, much more!!!

We will be sending out a survey regarding our current benefits to assist in guiding our work around insurance. All employees currently enrolled in CEBT health benefits will receive a survey link on or about August 20, 2018. Please keep an eye on your email for this link and other information regarding the survey. If you should have any preliminary questions regarding this survey please contact Elizabeth Rinaldi at

Benefit Bear says you now have access to counseling services via TELEPHONE

Triad EAP now offers telephonic counseling as an option for employees to receive counseling services. Check it out in the image below, or download the PDF.

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Hot topics from SPED/GT

A few CDE representatives came to the BOCES office in Parachute to help us learn about IEPs, compliance and results matrices. BOCES staff, special education teachers, specialists, directors

and secretaries attended from all three districts. It was a great turn out!

The GT Design team held it's first meeting and learned about the design process. We also visualized a day in the life of a GT student in order to get a sense of what some highs and lows might be for our students. Our next meeting is in early October.

Check out the training calendar that is being updated weekly:

Remember to jump into a CPI class if you need to be certified!

Looking for a sports schedule?

You can find them all right on the Garfield Re-2 web page!!!

Click here for all Garfield Re-2 Sports Schedules!

HOW DO I. . .log into TalentEd and submit credits?

Submitting credits has gone electronic!

Certified staff members can now submit credits via the self service, TalentEd system for approval. Emailed credits will no longer be accepted. You can login to TalentEd to view what credits we have on file for you, that we have received certificates for.

Below you can find instructions on How to login to TalentEd & submit your credits. If you do not see your credits in the Transcript/License or Credit folder, please submit via the TalentEd system for approval by October 1, 2018 for consideration for salary advancement. As a reminder, every 8 credits, you can receive an additional $485 annually on your contract. Please contact Human Resources with questions at

For questions about information contained in this newsletter. . .

Contact Theresa Hamilton - - 665-7621 - 366-6683