Elizabeth Schools BOE Recap

Highlights from the February 2019 meetings

The BOE Recap includes highlights from the Elizabeth School District Board of Education February 2019 meetings. For more detailed information, visit the Board Meetings page on the district website.

BOE recognizes Danny Wilcox

The Board of Education recognized Danny Wilcox for the contribution he made to the entire Elizabeth School District as campaign manager of the Ballot Issue 4A mill levy override initiative. Danny demonstrated a tremendous amount of leadership as the campaign manager and brought extraordinary commitment, skill and energy to the campaign. His dedication to the effort was a significant factor in its success.

Special Services Showcase

Elizabeth Schools is its own Administrative Unit (AU) charged with administering special education services, which gives the district the ability to independently make decisions on how to best support students who have special needs.

The state regularly evaluates our special education services and rates Elizabeth in the highest compliance category. To provide the highest quality of services, Elizabeth Schools has developed a number of programs to best meet student needs: Elementary behavior program, Opportunity, ASPIRE.

Special Services launched a new behavioral program at Singing Hill Elementary this year and all 11 students in the program are flourishing. The program is targeted to support students’ individual behavioral needs and help them be successful in regular classrooms.

The Opportunity Program serves students in grades 6-12 who need additional behavioral and academic support. The program is academically focused and designed to help students transition back into general education classrooms. This year, a wood shop and a foods class were added to the program’s electives options. Students also built and are maintaining a hydroponic system for science.

ASPIRE Transition Program serves students between 18 and 21 years old. The program helps students develop skills to become independent, self-sufficient adults who can work (paid or volunteer) according to their individual and unique abilities. The program has partnerships in place with community resources such as the Elizabeth Food Bank, Stayin Fit and Lovin It and Goodwill.

Elizabeth High School hires assistant principal

The board approved the hiring of Elizabeth High School’s new Assistant Principal Kimberly Runyan. She was chosen from a pool of 25 applicants and will join the school beginning in the 2019-20 school year. She has a master’s in reading literacy and holds principal and special education licenses. For the past 18 years, she has worked as an educator at the Academy Charter School in Castle Rock. Kimberly will replace current Assistant Principal Dan Carter who is retiring in May.

Mill levy override update

The allocation of all mill levy override categories are finalized except for social-emotional resources as part of safety and security. Principals determined the most beneficial resource is a staff member to work with students, teachers and parents at all schools on the more challenging non-special education related high behavioral support needs. A draft job description for this resource is expected to be presented to the board at the March 11 meeting.

GETTech Initiative

The district’s technology team is introducing its Greater Entry to Technology (GETTech) Initiative to support the progression of a 1:1 student to technology ratio districtwide that’s possible as part of the mill levy override passage.

During the first year of the GETTech Initiative, there will be 30 pilot teachers to launch the Chromebook program. These teachers will attend four professional learning days and their classrooms will be equipped with a Chromebook cart. Great care is being taken with this program to provide support to staff to ensure integration and adoption of technology at all levels throughout the district.

School security grant update

The Elizabeth School District has been awarded a $103,392 School Security Disbursement (SSD) grant through the Colorado Division of Homeland Security to update security measures throughout the district. Elizabeth Schools will contribute a $51,717 grant match. Full payment of the grant is expected in April.

The district is in the process of getting competitive bids for all of the projects outlined in the grant application. Projects include updating campus camera, installing cameras on all school buses, adding cell phone boosters in school buildings and the addition of shatter-resistant window film. Another project is the Elizabeth High School camera system and locking relay that is currently being installed and tested. The school will soon implement and communicate a process for more controlled access to the building by students, staff and visitors.

The next Board of Education meeting is Monday, March 11, at 6 p.m. in the board room at the district office.