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From the desk of Dr. Aten

 

Dear Patrons of Bayfield School District,

 

Each day, I am honored to be the Superintendent of the Bayfield School District. As our students returned to school with such excitement in their eyes, I have met many young persons, our families, our staff, and our community.  The positive energy has been directed toward moving forward and creating a future-focused learning environment for all our students. As evidence of this positive learning environment and hard work by the students, families, and staff, our schools and district earned the highest rating of PERFORMANCE from the Colorado Department of Education.

 

School Newsletters and Information

Our principals are sending and e-mailing home, each Friday, weekly newsletters loaded with school and district information. These newsletters are the best source for timely school events and activities.

 

Moreover, our principals and staff are truly enhancing our warm and welcoming school environments, and newletters are a part of that plan.  in addition, through our student and family focus, our passion and commitment is to further develop grit, hope, and happiness in each student, all with the goal of 100 percent graduation. We appreciate each family’s support of our districtwide efforts.

 

Ribbon Cutting Excitement

Attendance at our school ribbon cuttings and open house events was amazing.  The Board of Education and I truly appreciated the community support and outpouring of positive comments for our schools and our district. Thanks to our taxpayers’ investment of nearly $40 million, we have opened modern and retooled learning environments, enabling us to impart future-ready skills to students growing up in the 21st Century. The new schools are not only functional, but also honor and inspire the collaborative work of our students and our staff, after all, we continue to be, Your Learning Place.

 

Amendment 73—Great Schools, Thriving Communities

The Bayfield Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday, August 28, in support of Amendment 73, this November's ballot measure that would provide more equitable funding for school districts in Colorado. 


In the resolution of support for Amendment 73, the Board of Education cites a number of the ongoing reasons for concern in funding Colorado's public schools including:

• the shortage of qualified teachers in rural districts.

• the low per-pupil state funding in Colorado as compared to other states.

• the loss of $1.3 million in funding in Bayfield Schools in just 2017-2018, due to the Legislature pulling back money through the Budget Stabilization Factor, (previously known as the Negative Factor).

 

Find more information at: http://www.greatschoolsthrivingcommunities.org


Amendment 73 would create an additional $1.6 billion to fund public education in Colorado. The money would be raised through a graduated income tax increase for residents with a federal taxable income greater than $150,000, through a 1.37 percent tax increase for large corporations, and by freezing the residential assessment rate for property, which is the third lowest in the United States. The amendment would also lower the property assessment rate for commercial property from 29 percent to 24 percent on the portion of taxes paid to education, giving tax relief to businesses throughout Colorado. It is estimated only 8 percent of Colorado residents would pay the increased income tax.

Ultimately, local districts will have total control over how the additional revenue is spent. Bayfield Schools would receive an estimated $2.3 million in additional funding, annually, if Amendment 73 is approved in November. Please click here for the local fact sheet and the implications for Bayfield School District.

 

To find out exactly how much the proposed Amendment 73 for public education funding will cost a residential homeowner in Colorado, visit the simple-to-use calculator at: http://www.cosfp.org/impactcalculator/

 

Great Opening of Schools for 2018-2019
As I wrote before, during my first three months and beyond, my priority is to engage our community in meaningful dialog and to build lasting relationships.  I continue to meet new friends and reacquainting with many other childhood friends and families.  

 

To find my strategies for the first few months, please click my entry plan on the right side of this page.

 

With sincere appreciation,

Kevin

--kevin

 

 

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Please email me at: katen@bayfield.k12.co.us