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  November BOE meeting wrap up
  By Lindsey Harrison

   All members of the El Paso County Colorado School District 49 Board of Education were present at the regular board meeting in November. Rachel Washburn, 11th grader from Sand Creek High School; and Skylar Neuwirth, 12th grader from Falcon High School, were present as part of the student board of representatives.
   Before the regular meeting, the BOE held a “Fantastic 49” event and recognized the recipients of the Falcon Education Foundation mini-grants. The foundation received 73 applications and awarded more than $26,000 to educators for their innovative classroom projects.
   Board update
   Kevin Butcher, treasurer, thanked the community for approving ballot measure 4C. “This is proof that we are winning our community’s trust back,” he said.
   The other board members echoed Butcher’s sentiments.
   Chief officers’ update
   Peter Hilts, chief education officer, said this election had the highest voter turnout and level of support for a D 49 ballot measure.
   Pedro Almeida, chief operations officer, said he and the other chief officers have had the chance to go out and “touch base” with various subgroups in the district to maintain open lines of communication.
   Student board of representatives’ update
   Washburn said the high school buddy program between SCHS and third-grade students at Remington Elementary School has been successful.
   Neuwirth said FHS started a fundraiser for children with cancer, which has also been successful.
   Action items
   The BOE unanimously approved the following:
  • Designation of the POWER zone arts-focused elementary school as Inspiration View Elementary
  • A change to the POWER zone boundaries to identify which families will be served by IVE
  • A calendar adjustment for the POWER zone elementary schools to allow for a teacher training day Nov. 16, with no students in attendance
  • Revisions to the following policies: evaluation of chief officers and student drug and alcohol involvement
  • Review of the policy regarding public conduct on district property
  • New and revised course proposal as follows: a Spanish for Spanish Speakers II course and a nutrition course at SCHS; a name change for the Jazz Choir at FHS to Advanced Show Choir and the addition of a Show Choir course; and an alternative cooperative education Pathway redesign, including new courses, at FHS to directly align with newly adopted Colorado Department of Education guidelines
  • Adoption of policies to comply with new state requirements for parent notification of alleged criminal conduct by staff members as follows: safe schools; staff conduct and responsibilities; and notice to parents of alleged criminal conduct by school employees
  • Celebration of American Education Week from Nov. 12 to Nov. 16
  • A resolution for the use of charter buses to transport district students to and from school events
  • The job description for the early childhood education administrative assistant

   Discussion items
   Paul Andersen, director of human resources, presented the State of the Workforce Annual Report and highlighted some important items. Regarding the student to administrator ratio, he said, “We are comfortably within the target ranges we have established and those numbers are remaining steady.”
   Regarding the salary spent on administration as a percent of the total district budget, Andersen said, “We are remaining steady in the middle of the target range.”
   Ron Sprinz, director of finance, presented the amended budget and said each school is under budget so far. The BOE will vote on the amended budget at the end of January.
   Sprinz also presented student count data and said the preliminary data indicates enrollment is significantly lower than expected. The budget planned for more than 300 new students; but, so far, only 160 have enrolled.
   Sam Dosen-Himelrick, digital communications manager, said the communications department is working on an app that includes a mass notification system, which allows parents to get the information they want on their mobile devices. She said the district’s website will be refreshed after the first of the year, and she plans to continue her work on engaging the community through social media.
   Amy Bremser, media and television broadcasting specialist, said she has been doing broadcasting with Comcast, CenturyLink and Falcon Broadband. She also informed the BOE that she won an award for electronic media excellence this last school year; only 12 awards were presented statewide.
   Marie LaVere-Wright, president, asked board members if they wanted to continue the BOE evaluations process as is, and they agreed.
   LaVere-Wright also asked district administration for ideas on how to accomplish the board reviews of the school innovation plans as per state statute.
   Hilts said the administration has a process for that and will bring it to the BOE planning summit in February.
   Following the regular session, the BOE held an executive session for discussion of the chief business officer’s evaluation and performance review. No action was taken at that time.
   The next regular meeting of the BOE is Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the board room at the D 49 Education Services Center.
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  D 49 receives another DoDEA award

   For the third consecutive year, School District 49 has received the Department of Defense Education Activity’s Military-Connected Student Academic and Support Programs grant for 2018. D 49 is among 36 recipient districts nationwide to receive the award, which totals $1 million.
   The award will allow the district to purchase and implement zSpace technology across the district.
   The immersive virtual learning labs will increase exposure and interest for students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) fields.
   The 2018 grant, called Expeditions, will build on the 2017 grant: IGNITE (Illuminating Goals and Nurturing Interests Towards Engagement). The funding supports programs for all students, especially military-connected students, focused on S.T.E.A.M.-based fields. The Expeditions grant will build three static labs and one zSpace lab on wheels, and the district will re-purpose retired bus 37 to create the mobile learning space. Together these classrooms will provide endless learning opportunities for students.
   The virtual learning classrooms are scheduled to go online and hit the road by the start of the 2019-20 school year.
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  D 49 teacher finalist for state award
  By Lindsey Harrison

   In late October, the Colorado Department of Education announced the winner of the 2019 Teacher of the Year Award.
   The award went to Margaret “Meg” Cypress, a fifth-grade teacher at Bradley International School in Denver Public Schools.
   Among the six finalists was Nathan Pearsall, a teacher at Vista Ridge High School in El Paso County Colorado School District 49.
   Pearsall, who teaches critical thinking, Advanced Placement United States history; and serves as the school’s gifted and talented coordinator, said he was humbled to make it to the finals as the only teacher from Colorado Springs.
   “I know all the quality teachers that we have not only in the district, but in other districts in the area,” Pearsall said. “I kind of had that imposter syndrome, like do I even deserve this because there are so many talented teachers out there.”
   Pearsall has been in D 49 and teaching at VRHS for six years. He was awarded the VRHS teacher of the year award, which qualified him to apply for the state award, he said. The application process required several written submissions and a one-minute video outlining an issue currently impacting education and how it could be resolved, Pearsall said.
   “Ultimately, I would not be in the position I am in if I had not spoken out about the things that are not up to the standards I feel our students deserve,” he said. “We have to be brave and advocate for what is best for our kids.”
Among the six finalists for the 2019 Colorado Teacher of the Year Award was Nathan Pearsall, a teacher at Vista Ridge High School, in District 49.
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  MVEA scholarships

   This year, Mountain View Electric Association is awarding $25,000 in college scholarships. The program includes scholarships to accredited colleges, universities, junior or community colleges; as well as a vocational/technical scholarship. NEW IN 2018: A Power Lineman Scholarship is available for students pursuing a career through a lineman training program, as well as a Power Engineer Scholarship for current college students pursuing a power engineering career. Visit to learn more. Scholarship applications are due by Jan. 16, 2019.
   For questions, contact: Erica Meyer at 719-494-2654;
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