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Board of Education Recap June 27th, 2018

News from Sheridan School District No. 2

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News Release

June 27, 2018

Tears, Standing Ovation as Board Bids Farewell to Superintendent Michael Clough; Michael and Beth Clough Launch Fund for Needy Students with $10,000 Donation


Superintendent Michael Clough, finishing ten years at the helm of Sheridan School District 2, stepped down from the board dais during the board meeting this week (Tuesday, June 26) and greeted incoming superintendent Pat Sandos with a hug.

Clough then went to the podium and, with his wife Beth at his side, donated a $10,000 check to the school district that will give principals discretionary cash to help students in need, whether it’s to buy a new pair of shoes or a jump drive for a class project. Clough said he hoped others would donate to the Principal’s Care Fund to help students with the greatest needs, particularly to avoid situations when a student’s free- and reduced-lunch status might lead to public “shaming” of their family’s income level.

In his parting comments, Clough urged board members to focus on student needs when times are rough. “When it really looks like all is lost,” he said, “spend about fifteen minutes in a kindergarten class … and know that you are instrumental in creating their future,” he said.

Clough was lauded by all five board members and staff. “You have your finger on the pulse of everything,” said board member Karla Najera. “I thank you so much for all you’ve done for the district.”

“Your tenacity to fight the big fight and go toe-to-toe with big players is amazing,” said board member Sally Daigle. “You love your job and love this community. You will be missed … this community is far better off with you being a part of it.”

And board president Bernadette Saleh, fighting off tears for a minute, called Clough her “colleague and friend.” The launch of SOAR Academy as an alternative high school, the construction of Fort Logan Northgate School, and the opening of Habitat for Humanity’s Sheridan Square project “were all just ideas until you helped bring them to fruition,” said Saleh. “They were all initiated by you. You are leaving the district better than you found it and for that you can be so proud.”

Incoming superintendent Pat Sandos lauded Clough for ten years of service, far longer than the three-year average for urban superintendents. “Your career of stewardship is remarkable,” said Sandos. “Godspeed.”

Board members and staff, including Sandos, also thanked Deputy Superintendent Jackie Webb, who is retiring and who is also leaving the district after ten years of service.

Demographic Forecast

The board heard a presentation from Darci Drost, associated with Strategic Resoures West, regarding projections for enrollment and resource planning. Looking ahead five years, she said, analysis suggested enrollment to recede at 1.8 percent each year. Drost urged the district to consider using some of its empty classrooms to consider launching a magnet program that might serve a unique population of students in Sheridan and nearby communities.

Consent Agenda

All consent items were approved, including the 2018-2019 school year budget, a resolution supporting an initiative to urge RTD to offer student bus passes at a greatly discounted rate, and a calendar revision that reduces training for new teachers from five days to three and moves those three days so they finish the day before the school year starts.

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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