Without the tremendous dedication and professionalism of ASD's teachers and support staff, our schools would be in peril and students would not receive the high quality education that has become one of the strengths of this community. Yet, the District faces a number of challenges in recruiting and retaining great teachers and support staff as well as addressing other operating needs that impact the kinds of programs and resources we offer. Here are the main issues facing us today:
Recruitment and retention of
teachers and staff
(The District lost 51 teachers over the
past five years due to retirement, relocation, and
higher pay elsewhere.)
The need for additional full-day kindergarten opportunities
(State funding limited to 58% of cost.)
Full-time, highly trained
school resource officers
Here's a video from the Colorado Department of Education on innovative ways
that the District is using to attract and retain teachers.
Promising Practice - Educators Matter - Archuleta and Dolores School Districts from Colorado Department of Education on Vimeo.
With input and recommendations from the Planning Assistance Team, a diverse group of community volunteers who worked for more than a year to come up with possible options, the Board of Education accepted a proposal to seek the community's input on a $1.7 million mill levy override (MLO) for the following:
Improvement of salary schedule to be more competitive with neighboring
|Expanded full-day kindergarten opportunities.
Hiring three full-time
school resource officers.
What would be the estimated tax impact of this MLO?
What are the anticipated benefits of the proposed MLO?
• Improve safety and security district-wide
• Reduce costly teacher turnover
• Strengthen property values