Moffat County School District

Superintendent's Message

3 days ago

By David Ulrich Ed. D.

2017-18 Budget Process has begun!

 

Good Day Moffat County School District family!

As amazing as it might seem, budget planning for the 2017-18 school year has already begun.  This morning, during a MCSD Board of Education Work Session, I gave a brief presentation that had 3 objectives: Review 2016-17 school year budget, provide a projection for 2016-17 year end, and provide an initial projection for the 2017-18 school year.


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My goal for this first year was to spend as much time listening to staff, parents, and the community.  I have enjoyed those conversations and look forward to working with everyone in the years to come to maximize every opportunity to have a positive impact on our students.  As a result of this work, two priorities have emerged that need to be addressed moving into the 2017-18 school year.  

One, last week a group of elementary teachers began the process of identifying a comprehensive, evidenced-based, core reading program for our students.  Two subcommittees (one K-2 and the other 3-5) will meet multiple times over the next month to evaluate potential programs.  The whole group will reconvene to go over each subcommittee's evaluations and make a final decision.  Once the process is complete, the district will submit an application for an Early Literacy Grant.  If successful, the grant will cover the vast majority of the cost of implementation.  This is the perfect time to make this decision on behalf of our students for 3 specific reasons: 

1.     Instructional Infrastructure in Place: For the past three years, teachers have worked with scope and sequences as well as units and lesson design.  With the support of co-planning, this work has led to a deep understanding of the literacy standards to which we are held accountable by the state of Colorado.  

2.     All elementary teachers received 21 hours of training this year in the Colorado Department of Education’s READing Foundations Academy which has led to a deep understanding of evidence-based best practices in reading.

3.     Through alignment of district needs and Colorado Department of Education vetting of reading programs, potential programs were narrowed down to those that will be able to best meet the needs of our students.

Two, we have long-term facility maintenance issues that must be addressed.  Before the Board of Education and I come to you to address these needs through a bond issue, I have to be confident that all cost effective measures have been explored.  Many districts in Colorado are in a similar situation and have moved to a 4-day school week.  The BOE has agreed that I should investigate the feasibility of this move.  I want to stress, this is only being investigated as an option.  In an effort to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of our public's resources, my purpose for looking at this option is to extend the life of our facilities, buses, and other durable goods as far into the future as possible.  As this may have implications in our community, I will devote considerable time and energy to gathering feedback from stakeholders.  A work team will be created to conduct the analysis and investigation into options based on this identified priority.  If this, or any other option proves viable, we will keep you informed along the way. 

 

Have a great day and know that we always keep our mission at the forefront of our actions:  Moffat County School District will educate and inspire students to thrive in an environment of change.

 

 

 

David Ulrich, Ed.D.

Superintendent

 

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Our Mission and Belief Statments
Our Mission Statement

MCSD will educate and inspire students to thrive in an environment of change.

Our Belief Statements

We believe.......
* All students can learn.
* In providing multiple paths for students to demonstrate success.
* Collaboration among all stakeholders fosters innovation.
* Students, staff, families and community, all play vital roles in the success and growth of MCSD.
*In addressing the mental, physical and social well-being of children.
* In educating children in a way that aligns with their learning strengths and passions.
*Everyone deserves a healthy and safe environment.
* All students deserve opportunities to participate in programs and activities. 
Sales/Use Tax Ballot Initiative 1A
Community Meetings will be:
Monday, February 13,
Thursday, March 2, and
Monday, March 13,

All meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., at the Center of Craig. These are informational meetings regarding the Sales/Use tax ballot initiative 1A.

There will be a presentation of the City of Craig financial information and then an opportunity for questions from the audience.
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