Delta County School District

NEWS
5:39 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Vision To Close North Fork Classrooms

Vision Charter Academy won't offer classes at its Paonia campus next school year.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Vision Charter Academy, a public charter school with three campuses in Delta County, won't offer classes at its North Fork campus next school year.  

Parents of students at Vision’s school in Paonia received the news Thursday via email.

Teri Kinkade the executive director of Vision Charter Academy wrote the letter.

In her email, Kinkade tells parents Vision’s board met earlier this week and decided to no longer offer classes at its Paonia location.

She cites a 'lack of interest' and 'declining enrollment' as reasons for the board’s decision.

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EDUCATION
4:35 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Disparity In Growth For Colorado Schools

Nearly half of Colorado's districts experienced declining enrollment this school year, according to the state department of education.
Credit flickr.com/bionicteaching

The Colorado Department of Education has released its statewide look at school enrollment. 

The state's preschool through 12th grade pupil count shows Colorado gained more than 12,000 students this school year. 

There are 889,006 public school student in the state, according to the data.  

Schools on the Front Range, like in years past, have the most pupils.

On the Western Slope, the Mesa County Valley School District is the largest. It ranks 12th in the state.

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NEWS
4:10 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Local Motion: Education Issues

Three public meetings to discuss the future of the Delta County School District were held in December.  Hear what community members had to say about budget cuts, standardized testing, academic standards and  charter schools in their district.   Ali Lightfoot spoke to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about these issues as well as a student privacy law and proposed legislation to increase awareness and resources for dyslexic students.

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POLITICS
9:51 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Local Motion: Bible Distribution in Public Schools

A policy adopted by the Delta County School Board allows outside parties to distribute religious materials on school grounds.  Ali Lightfoot speaks with Kurt Clay, Assistant Superintendent for the Delta County School District who explains the policy and Andrew Seidel, an attorney  for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization that believes the distribution of religious materials in schools creates social pressure for students and infringes on the rights of parents to direct the religious or non-religious upbringing of their children. 

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EDUCATION
9:29 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Delta School District Gets 75K Scholarship Grant

Credit Colorado Division of Insurance

The Delta County School District recently received $75,000 from the state to create a work training program. 

The grant comes from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.

"Our hope is with that money we’ll [be able] to set up some tracks so that kids as they come out of high school potentially have their CNA and are able to pursue other types of health care fields," Kurt Clay, the assistant superintendent for the school district, says.  

Clay says the funds will be put towards scholarships for juniors and seniors seeking careers in the medical field. 

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NEWS
8:12 am
Tue December 23, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

  Newscast

  • Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70 In Colorado
  • Delta School Districts Get 75K Scholarship Grant
  • Colorado's Economy Going Strong
  • Powderhorn Opens For The Season
  • Montrose Makerspace 
EDUCATION
4:25 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Delta School Board Denies North Fork Charter Recognition

On Dec. 5, 2014 more than 50 parents, teachers, and community members attended a public meeting at Paonia Elementary to learn about the proposed Waldorf inspired charter school the Valley Charter Initiative wants to open.
Credit Laura Palmisano

The Delta County School Board has denied a North Fork Valley group its request for charter school recognition. 

The Valley Charter Initiative is a group of parents and educators trying to open a Waldorf inspired public charter school in Paonia. 

On Wednesday the five-member school board unanimously denied the initiative's request. 

Kurt Clay, the assistant superintendent for the school district, says the board cited seven reasons for rejecting the charter.

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HEALTH
3:34 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

School-Based Health Clinic Opens In Delta

A Kidz Clinic is the first school-based health clinic to open in Delta County.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Delta County has a new school-based health clinic.  


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REGIONAL NEWS
10:50 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Delta County School Budget Cuts

Caryn Gibson

The Delta County School district lost around 400 students over the past 5 years and they expect to lose another 100 this year due to recent mine lay-offs. Each student is worth approximately 6 thousand dollars to the district, adding up to an over 2 million dollar shortfall. The district has been looking for ways to reduce spending in all areas of their budget over the past several years. 

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NEWS
8:17 am
Fri February 28, 2014

KVNF Regional News: Friday, February 28, 2014

Newscast  

  • State likely to require stricter marijuana laws for underage users

  • Republican congressman Cory Gardner is running for the Senate against Mark Udall

  • Number of deadly traffic accidents rises for the first time since 2008

  • Delta County School District budget woes

NEWS
8:23 am
Thu November 28, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, November 28, 2013

Headlines

  • School Board Member Wants New Policy on Transgender Students' Access to Facilities
  • DMEA Board Member Glen Black Resigns
  • BLM Limiting Drilling because of Sage Grouse Concerns
  • Promising Ski Season in store for Telluride Ski Areas
  • Telluride Chapel Hosts Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal
NEWS
8:48 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

School Board Member Wants New Policy on Transgender Students' Access to Facilities

A recently-elected Delta County School Board member has stirred controversy with her comments on transgender students using school facilities that match their gender identity, rather than their biological gender.

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ENVIRONMENT
5:42 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Local Motion: North Fork Air Quality Study

Credit North Fork Merchant Herald

Today on Local Motion we talk with three of the people involved with the North Fork Air Quality Study, a year-long project put together by CU-Boulder, the Western Slope Conservation Center and the Delta County School District. 

The project will use low-cost, portable and permanent monitoring devices to get baseline measurements of air quality in the North Fork Valley. 

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NEWS
9:01 am
Wed October 30, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Headlines

  • Republican Voters Turn Out in Higher Numbers So Far
  • Delta County Schools Superintendent Says Amendment 66 Would Help District
  • Arch Coal Reports Lower-than-Expected Losses for Third Quarter
  • US Rep. Scott Tipton Criticizes EPA on Proposed Fracking Regulations
  • Over $100,000 Flows Into Telluride Soda Tax Debate
Delta County School District
1:45 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Local Motion: Changes for Delta County School District

The Delta county school district is facing tough challenges this year: A budget shortfall, a controversial district-wide effort to design and implement a new curriculum, new standardized testing, and a search for a new superintendent. Delta county school board president, Tom Mingen, and Director of Curriculum, Connie Vincent, talk about these issues.