• BOE Gets Public Input on Future Plans


    The Board of Education’s Vision 2020 plan is stronger than ever after two rounds of public hearings to gather insight from parents, teachers and community members.

    The second meeting was held Monday, March 14th at Sunset Ridge Elementary; the first was in February in the library at Westminster High School.

    During the sessions, members of the Board of Education detailed the highlights in the Vision 2020 plan that was approved late last year. The plan focuses on the five key elements the District plans to focus on in the coming years:

    • Identity
    • Educational Leadership
    • Career Development
    • Facilities
    • Employer of Choice

    Board President Dino Valente told the audience that the reaction to the recent name change to Westminster Public Schools has been overwhelmingly positive and detailed the support given to the change by Westminster city leaders. City Manager Don Tripp, Mayor Herb Atchison and Mayor Pro-Tem Alberto Garcia all attended the BOE meeting where the name change was approved.

    Community members urged the district to strengthen its ties with the City and all agreed that was an important strategy. Westminster provides valuable connections for internships, mentor programs and volunteers.

    The Board also shared information about its commitment to hiring qualified teachers and shared the latest data about the ongoing teacher shortage in Colorado. Hiring teachers with strong backgrounds in science and math has become increasingly difficult and there is also a demand for minority teachers.

    You can see the Insider story about the District recruitment efforts and a new video aimed at young teachers here.

    You can read Vision 2020 here.

    Posted March 21, 2016