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El Paso County Colorado District 49

Falcon School District 49 Board July Meeting

The Falcon School District 49 monthly board meeting was held on July 7 with approximately 25 people in attendance. Superintendent Steven Hull began the meeting by thanking the board and community for the warm welcome he and his family have received.Since accepting the position of superintendent, Hull made several visits to district schools and toured more than 100 classrooms. Questioning teachers, staff and students regarding their concerns, the most frequent complaint he heard was the need for better internal and external communication throughout the district, followed closely by the rapid growth.To address the concerns, Hull proposed a new district level organizational structure. “The dynamic and changing nature of the district’s operational environment calls for a similar type of structure,” Hull said. “That is, one that is flexible and that can evolve, grow and change as the districts needs change.” With the elimination of the two assistant superintendents’ positions (Barbara Day and Gene Logas have resigned) and a realignment of functions, the new “flatter” reporting structure, “reflects the unique challenges associated with the growth facing the district and the need for greater specialization by position,” Hull said.Hull’s proposal also included a new community relations position. The individual hired will address the concerns of staff, teachers and the community. “This person would be responsible for a variety of critical tasks, including all official internal and external communications and community relations, including but not limited to media relations, press conferences, press releases, direct support to schools, the board and district offices and also act as the public information officer (PIO) in emergency situations,” Hull said.”In addition, this individual would assist with the working relationships between the district, legislators and local government officials.” Board President Paul Bryant questioned the additional salary for the position but agreed with Hull that, with the elimination of the two assistant superintendent positions, it was doable. The suggested annual salary for the position of coordinator of communications was $62,500. The school board members all agreed that Hull’s proposal was sound and approved it at a special BOE meeting on July 12. The new structure is in effect for the 2005-06 school year and its effectiveness will be assessed throughout the year.Henry Reitwiesner, director of auxiliary services and construction management, gave an update on new modular classrooms. “We are on budget but unfortunately not on schedule,” Reitwiesner said. The problem stems from multiple orders from districts all over the country. “Apparently there are not enough drivers for delivery,” Reitwiesner said. “However, all the utilities and landscaping work is ready and we have the furniture waiting.”Central Registry reported 160 new students have enrolled as of June 30, and is sure it will increase substantially by the first day of school on Aug. 5. Transportation reported that letters were sent to parents whose children would no longer receive bus service and most parents understood the reasons for the cutbacks.The next board of education meeting will be held on Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom at the central administration office on Woodman Road.

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