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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.