Note from Superintendent Swanson: Jan. 16, 2019
Dear Westminster Community,
Welcome to 2019 and thank you for reading my first What’s Up WPS message of the new year.
As I told our Board of Education last week, now that WPS staff and students are back to work after a well-deserved holiday break, everyone needs to really focus on the work in front of us and push as hard as possible through the end of the school year.
2018 was a remarkable year for WPS and we are poised to do great things in 2019.
We are off to a strong start! As our lead story in this week’s What’s Up WPS details, John E. Flynn A Marzano Academy has received Level One Certification as a school with a safe and collaborative culture. It puts us in elite company and is an important first step in the Academy’s plan to achieve what is known as a High Reliability Status at all levels. Our goal is to become the first academy in the country to be so recognized. On a related note, academy teacher Seth Abbott was just awarded Level Two Certification as a teacher and is poised to be the first teacher in the country to reach Level Three Certification.
As you are probably aware, the Colorado Legislature is now back to work and lawmakers are tackling the complex issue of education funding. We have long advocated for lawmakers to revise the state funding formula to make it more equitable and we are making sure that our voice is heard at the state capitol. I will keep you posted as the year progresses and I encourage you to follow the developments and contact your legislators to make your views heard.
Finally, a reminder that at next week’s Board of Education meeting, I will deliver my annual State of the District remarks and outline our plans for Westminster Public Schools in 2019 and beyond. Thanks to the generosity of voters in passing our mill levy override in November, we have some exciting options before us. My staff is working closely with the Board of Education to develop long and short-term strategies that will use our resources wisely and ensure that all of our students get the kind of education they deserve.
If you are unable to attend the board meeting, you can watch the live video stream at home or access it on YouTube later next week. My remarks will also be available for reading after I deliver them. Your opinion and input is always valued and welcome.
Dr. Pamela Swanson
Superintendent of Schools