Here’s an update from the July 14 meeting of the Eagle County School Board
Superintendent John Brendza told the board about 50 new teachers will report for work Aug. 12. Of those, seven will be filling brand-new positions due to growth. Brendza said about 45 teachers were replaced last year, the lowest turnover in the district’s modern history. With the additional positions added, the turnover rate is about the same for this academic off-season.
Jared Polis, President of the Colorado State Board of Education, talked with the board.
Polis gave an update on the state’s progress on the national No Child Left Behind Act (schools are making progress) and the financial performance of the State Land Board (estimates show the board’s trust growing from $300 million to $1 billion in the next 10 years).
In turn, board members updated Polis on the progress of the district’s Teacher Advancement Program. Board member Carri Tedstrom also urged Polis to lobby the rest of the board to fully fund all-day kindergarten
The board agreed to start moving its monthly work sessions to different areas of the district. The practice may start during the school year.
Developers of an addiction treatment center at the former Lodge at Cordillera site say lawsuits brought forth by Cordillera residents and the metro district violated federal law, and the parties are headed to federal court.