During her annual State of the District speech at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Pam Swanson told the community that while the District is clearly moving in the right direction, there is still work to be done.
“I think the reason we have been so successful is that we are not afraid of hard work and continue to push ourselves and our students to the next level,” she said. Swanson then offered a quote from Albert Einstein:
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
In her remarks, Swanson said she will not recommend that the District go back to voters to get more money for education. District 50 voters have twice rejected proposals to increase taxes.
“I respect that decision. It is unrealistic to expect hard working people who live paycheck to paycheck or retirees who live on fixed incomes to vote themselves a tax increase,” she said. “The solution lies at the state level. It is crystal clear that school districts with lower tax bases and a higher percentage of at risk students need more support from the state.”
Swanson said District 50 is joining with other “like-minded” districts to push for an overhaul of The School Finance Act and take a new look at the amount and kinds of assessments mandated by the state of Colorado.
You can read her speech in its entirety here.
You can also read a list of school accomplishments, what Swanson called “Points of Pride” here.