Community Message January 2020

Community Message January 2020
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January 2020
One of my favorite aspects of my role as superintendent is getting to spend time out in the community talking about our vision for education in Weld RE-4 and sharing stories of how we are inspiring innovation and empowering success in our schools. Regardless of who I am talking to—parents and grandparents, neighbors, business owners, community partners, or local elected officials—I am often asked the same question: “What do you need, and how can we help?”
In Weld RE-4, education is a true collaboration.
Our local university partners have helped us grow our concurrent and dual credit programs, which give Severance and Windsor High School students access to an extensive number of college-credit-earning courses. We recently profiled two members of the Windsor High School class of 2020, who will graduate this spring with between 30 and 70 college credits. 
When we look to offer students workplace experiences, local businesses open their doors. Year-after-year they welcome our students and allow them to explore possible careers through entry-level positions. Those who don’t employ our students come into our classrooms to share their expertise, offer tours of their workplaces, or impart valuable career advice. 

Generous donations to the Weld RE-4 Education Foundation allowed us to meet our goal of becoming a 1:1 technology district. Today, every learner has access to a Chromebook or another device in their classroom to support their learning.

One of the things that has consistently set the Weld RE-4 community apart is its recognition that growth necessitates the building of new schools. Our elementary and middle school capacity numbers exceeded 100% this year and are continuing to climb. As we outgrow our buildings, we have placed modular classrooms (12 this year) on our campuses, and there are no signs things are slowing down. A development right here in Windsor was ranked among the 50 top-selling communities in the nation in 2019.

These days, my answer to “What do you need, and how can we help?” often includes the preview that we expect to ask voters to fund two new elementary schools and added capacity at Severance Middle School and Windsor Middle School (WMS) this November. The Greeley Tribune recently covered our community meetings at WMS, where we were discussing potential renovation scenarios. 
Growth in our community is driving our need for new schools and a need for more staff. On February 8, we are excited to be holding a support-staff job fair at Windsor High School from 9 AM–12 PM. Our maintenance and operations, nutrition services, and transportation departments are all hiring for full-time and/or part-time classified support-staff (non-teaching) positions. We are also hiring classroom aides, substitute teachers, and substitutes for positions in most district departments.
If you want to build close partnerships and deeply invest in education in our community, please consider coming to work with us!
Sincerely,
 
Dan Seegmiller                          
Superintendent, Weld RE-4 School District