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Board of Education Recap July 11th, 2018

News from Sheridan School District No. 2

Contact: Mark Stevens


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News Release

July 11, 2018

Mill Levy Ballot Proposal Pondered

Superintendent Pat Sandos told the Sheridan Board of Education and its meeting this week that the board will be required to notify the county by Friday, July 27 if it wants to place a mill levy proposal on the November ballot. That means the board will likely decide the fate of the mill levy proposal at its next meeting on Tuesday, July 24.

Sandos, running his first meeting as the district’s new superintendent, told the board that staff recommends pursuing the ballot proposal to improve the district’s safety systems and staffing, to improve salaries for all employees, to address critical maintenance issues, and to update the district’s bus fleet. Sandos did not specify a recommended dollar amount to pursue.

Safety needs include upgrading district radios, adding trained campus monitors, and upgrading cameras and software, said Sandos. While the district improved starting salaries for teachers in the new budget, he added, neighboring districts have already raised their salaries and Sheridan needs to remain competitive as part of the broader effort to reverse declining enrollment. “We are going to have to work on being competitive there,” said Sandos, making a point that the salary improvements must also cover support staff. 

Sandos added that district roofing systems are in “bad shape,” including an existing leak at SOAR Academy. There are drainage issues on the district’s main athletic field, bleacher repair requirements at the stadium, and a critical retaining wall issue that needs repair at Alice Terry Elementary School, he said.  And the district’s bus fleet is aging; the newest bus was purchased in 2011 and eight were purchased in 2004. A new bus costs roughly $162,000.

Board member Karla Najera asked Superintendent Sandos if he could identify one top priority on the list and Sandos said the needs are across the board. Board member Daniel Stange noted classroom technology improvements as well and Superintendent Sandos concurred.

Board president Bernadette Saleh noted a pending statewide initiative that would require the legislature to improve funding for public education (early childhood through high school) by linking expenditures to a percentage spent to a percentage of state and local and personal income. Under the proposal, the percentage would increase to at least 4 percent by the 2021-2022 school year. It is estimated the proposal, if approved by voters statewide, would generate $2.7 million for Sheridan School District 2.

Based on current assessed valuations, Sandos told the board, raising $1 million in new money from a mill levy election would mean taxes on every $100,000 worth of residential home value would increase by $30.89 per year or $2.57 per month. Taxes on business property would increase by $124.43 per year or $10.37 per month for every $100,000 worth of business valuation.

Safe, Smart, and Happy

Superintendent Sandos introduced the district’s new tag line—“Safe, Smart and Happy!”—and announced the district has hired three new administrators, all of whom are fluent in Spanish.

* Todd Legge is the new principal of SOAR Academy, Sheridan’s alternative high school. Legge recently worked as a bilingual educator at Lester Arnold High School in Adams School District 14. Sandos said 22 out of 25 students received a score of 3 or higher (a very good score indicating the student is qualified for college credit) on their Advanced Placement test last year. Legge is a wrestler, said Sandos, and co-founder of the Mile High Wrestling Club. 

* Diego Romero is the new principal at Alice Terry Elementary School.  He recently worked at Hanson Elementary School, also in Adams 14. Romero has also worked in three elementary schools in southwest Denver. 

* Maegan Daigler is the new Director of Assessment. She was previously the Director of Accountability and Research in Denver Public Schools.  

“They are all just thrilled and can’t wait to get started,” said Sandos. “They are here to challenge kids and they are here to challenge adults. I look forward to them watching them grow with our kids in the district.”

“A Better Place”

Sheridan High School graduate Jackie Gomez unveiled her painting, “A Better Place,” which will have a home in the board room as part of Superintendent Sandos’ student spotlight initiative to bring more student work, performances, and talent to each board meeting. The initiative will also feature teacher work and accomplishments.  Jackie attended the unveiling with her mother Marely Aleman and brother Felix Gomez.  Her painting, “A Better Place,” was the winner of the superintendent’s award at the district’s art fair earlier this year. The mounted painting includes Jackie’s artist’s statement, printed in both English and Spanish.

Community BBQ

Sheridan School District and the Sheridan Educators Association will cohost a barbecue for the entire community on Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event, with free food for all, will be held on the lawn in front of Sheridan High School, 3201 W. Oxford Ave. “Come with an appetite,” said Superintendent Sandos. “We look forward to seeing everyone there.”

Other dates: Opening Session for staff begins at 7 a.m. with breakfast at Fort Logan Northgate School on Monday, July 31; orientation for kindergarteners and ninth-graders is Wednesday, Aug. 1 and the first day of school is Thursday, Aug. 1.

Charter School Application

Superintendent Sandos told the board that the district has received an “intent to apply” notice from a potential charter school group called FLORA.  The group has until July 29 to turn in its application for consideration for the 2019-2020 school year.  

Consent Agenda

All consent items were approved.


About Sheridan School District 2

Located southwest of Denver, Sheridan School District 2 seeks high-level post-secondary options for all students through continuous improvement of quality instruction. More: www.ssd2.org


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