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Summit Schools board sets priorities

Janice Kurbjun
summit daily news

Summit School District Board of Education members decided to create a separate board priority for equal access – classroom instruction that helps all students learn the material – as they considered and approved other priorities created at their July retreat.

Because it’s a relatively new reform initiative for the district and board members feel it needs more communication with community members, they wanted to break equal access out for special attention.

In addition, board members want to get more information from Summit High School principal Drew Adkins and Summit Middle School principal Joel Rivera about how the implementation of equal access is going, what’s been learned, the strengths of the initiative, what needs alteration, plans for next year, training and differentiation examples and more.

Boardmember Margaret Carlson said the process would allow the board to get a better understanding of the philosophy and back the principals as it’s being implemented.

They also to aim to hold more public forums to get a better pulse on how equal access is working for parents and students.

“It’s a bigger issue that maybe we didn’t deal with well enough,” Boardmember Alison Casias said. “People feel they haven’t been heard and they feel they’re not well informed. That in itself is a problem.”

Board members also agreed they need to focus on communication and community input on all levels.

Also at the meeting, board members:

• Received an update on recent legislation that will affect the school district and acknowledged they’ll have to revisit some policies, such as hours of physical activity required at the elementary school level, to comply.

• Approved the superintendent goals as created at the July board retreat.

• Agreed that they’ll likely create a timeline for engaging the public on the state-required Blueprint for Education process. The goal is to “envision for a minute our kids are graduating into a different world than we did. What do they need to know?” superintendent Heidi Pace said. Community information will be woven in with graduation requirements delivered by the Colorado Department of Education to revise the district’s requirements.

• Considered whether or not they will come out in support of Initiative 25, a measure that will likely appear on the November ballot. Initiative 25 asks for approval of an income and sales tax increase, with all the new revenue going toward education. Board members will decide at a future meeting if they’ll support asking voters to approve more money for education in light of the recently-approved milly levy in Summit County.

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