Garfield Re-2 News You Can Use

A quick update on District happenings 12-6-18

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It's the Collaborative Solutions common message

In case you missed it, the Collaborative Solutions common message is below. Their next meeting is January 11, so please reach out to your CS member if you have anything you would like addressed.

On November 30, Collaborative Solutions:

  • CS voted to recommend to move ahead with the current salary schedule with the best interest of the greatest good. This will provide us a template of clarity to address future issues and concerns. The schedules are living documents that may be revised for the 2019-2020 school year at the earliest.
  • At the November 13th Board meeting, the Board decided to give the retroactive pay to all staff in one lump sum in February that reflects the start of the 2018 contract year to January 2019. From February through June, staff will see new monthly wages in their paychecks.
  • On January 28th, all staff will be able to log into the employee portal to view information relating to their specific placement. Please be sure to contact HR with any specific questions about your individual salary that you have.
  • All staff will receive step by step instructions to access their personal information in January.
  • Please be sure to communicate concerns about the salary schedule with your Collaborative Solutions Representative. The salary task force will manage and document a central list of all concerns brought forward through the Collaborative Solutions Representatives.
  • In January we will continue to review the feedback we received from the listening tour and develop a new process for receiving additional feedback.

CS worked to prioritize our work for the year. Discussion topics for each meeting may include the following:

  • Jan- Health Insurance, Training on Budget basics, last year’s trends from the Salary Listening tour, Stipends for coaches and other sponsors of extra curricular activities.
  • Feb- Health Insurance, Paid Time Off, All sub groups that have concerns about the salary schedule will be identified, develop a rubric for prioritization of sub groups.

  • March- Paying teachers for time outside of the contract day, facilities and childcare needs.

  • April- Stipends for coaches and other sponsors of extra curricular activities, standardizing duties and breaks.

  • May- Finalize any recommendations CS would like to give to the board.

Next meeting: January 11, 2019

The entire CS newsletter is below.

IMPORTANT DATE January 28 - Check your updated salary information

Monday, Jan. 28th 2019 at 8am

This is an online event.

On January 28, 2019, all Garfield Re-2 employees will be able to log into the Employee Service Portal and see their updated individual salary information based upon the new salary schedules.

The Employe Service Portal can be found here. If you need assistance logging into the ESP, please

Certified staff will receive updated contracts via TalentEd on or before January 28, 2019. If you have questions about

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Want to know about road closures? Fire danger?

The Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority, has implemented a state-of-the-art emergency notification system to alert citizens about emergencies and other important community news. The emergency notification system, provided by 3n Global, enables the Public Safety agencies within Garfield County to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, fires, floods, unexpected road closures, or evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods.

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You can also sign up for alerts from Mesa, Eagle and Pitkin and Rio Blanco County from the at the bottom of the page.

Garfield Re-2 celebrates another clean audit!

In November, the fiscal year 2018 audit was successfully completed.

The independent auditor encountered no difficulties in performing and completing the audit, found no material misstatements, and had no disagreements with management.

In the auditor's opinion, the financial statements present fairly the financial position and activities of the district. The Garfield Re-2 school board approved the audited financial report at their board meeting on December 4, 2018. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who helped support the audit activities.

The audit will be posted online shortly under the Financial Transparency section of the Garfield Re-2 website.

Get your personal leave requests in

Just a quick reminder that if you are planning leave at any time during the school year to be sure to complete your leave request and submit it to your supervisor. The Garfield Re-2 leave policy is attached below.

Caring for aging relatives

Now available:

Caring for Aging Relatives: Family Conversations About Aging.

Elderly relatives may require more or different care than families, friends or neighbors can provide. This is a sensitive subject that can be difficult to discuss. This seminar is a helpful first step to determine what kind of care is needed and how to approach these conversations, when to have them and who should be involved.

To view this webinar, go to and click “Log-in” using User ID and Password below. Scroll to the button that says “Webinars.”

Webinars are now prerecorded and accessible any time after the date above. The webinars also offer enhanced interactivity to allow users to submit questions. Questions are answered individually via email and then also uploaded into an FAQ section to aid other users.

Don’t have time to view the webinar? Transcripts are available on the same page as login.

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Up on the rooftop lands a Family Support Specialist for Re-2

Welcome Joseline Rivas to Garfield Re-2. Joseline has joined our team as a Family Support Specialist!

This position is funded primarily through a grant called the “Colorado Community Response” program. The Roaring Fork School District and Garfield Department of Human Services helped this position become a reality. In this role, Joseline will provide comprehensive voluntary services for families in Garfield Re-2 who have been reported to child protective services but screened out and/or had their case closed after initial assessment. Joseline attended Re-2, graduated in 2010 and was also a paraprofessional here in Rifle.

She is passionate about helping families and is excited to be the Family Support Specialist for the Re-2 district! She gets her referrals through the Department of Human Services, so you may see her in your schools, meeting with and supporting families.

Santa brought an Occupational Therapist to Garfield Re-2

New Castle and Silt schools are rejoicing with a new addition- Megan Caughey! Megan is an Occupational Therapist who started in early November and comes to us by way of New Jersey. She is happy to be in the mountains near the fresh, powdery snow. Please welcome Megan as she does her best to hustle from school to school to meet students, teachers and families!

The gift of Professional Development. . .You won't want to miss the upcoming trainings from Colorado River BOCES

Here is a snapshot of some upcoming trainings through the CO River BOCES!

Go to for more information.

January 25: Crisis Prevention Institute

January 31: Special Education Academy Refresher

February 4: Crisis Prevention Institute

March 1 Functional Behavioral Assessment/Behavior Intervention Plan training

March 4-5:Two day Threat Assessment

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Come join the HR Design Team

Friday, Dec. 14th, 9am-12pm

839 Whiteriver Avenue

Rifle, CO

Come join the HR Design team. This may just be the most important meeting of the year! Willis Towers Watson (our insurance broker) will be on-site to review the insurance request for proposal outcome with us. We will find out preliminary insurance pricing and potentially be able to design our insurance plans.

If you are interested in participating contact Elizabeth Rinaldi!!!