FEBRUARY 2017 FAIRMOUNT FOCUS
The Accountability Committee met on Thursday, January 19, 2017. For the Principal’s Report, Mrs. Mills provided a midyear update. The most recent MAP math test results show that the goal of teachers to move students scoring low or low-average up to the next level is being achieved. Similarly, reading score comparisons between fall and winter show that fewer students are scoring in the lowest categories.
Mrs. Mills also gave an update on the school’s budget process. The budget has been approved by the district budget advisor and the achievement director. Fairmount’s budget reflects several goals: maintain small class size; provide paraprofessional support; hire two interventionists next year; maintain technology; and continue the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) time for teachers.
In education news beyond Fairmount, the Committee learned that the Board of Education will hear new ideas for the Jefferson County Schools budget in light of the failure of 3A and 3B. Cost-saving solutions include new boundaries, moving sixth graders to middle school where possible, and possible school closures. Through an upcoming online budget tool, the district will be seeking input from the community as to budget priorities. It is not yet clear if this will be in the form of a survey. Teacher and principal evaluations will be published in aggregate form by the Colorado Department of Education. The Board of Education will be starting a search for a new superintendent.
Molly Given shared a legislative update (see below). The state’s education budget is being cut this year, and the legislature is seeking ways to fund this shortfall. Next November, three seats on the Board of Education will be up for election.
Within the Accountability Committee, the positions of Chairperson, Secretary, and two Voting Members will be open at the end of this year. At the next meeting, on March 16, 2017, the Committee would like to know the names of those interested in filling these positions, and voting will take place at the last meeting of the year, on May 18. This is a great way to be involved at Fairmount Elementary. Any questions can be directed to Mrs. Mills or Suzanne Justus.
Colorado General Assembly
We would also like to know what interests you. What education-related topics would you like more info on?
Legislators and education interest groups are preparing for a proposition or amendment to address education funding shortfalls in the 2018 election cycle; the Colorado state budget and laws are multi-dimensional. What information do we need to be informed voters?
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