Community Message November 2018

Community Message November 2018
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November 2018

What do you value about the community we live in? Answers we often hear include the small-town feel and quality of life. We are humbled by the fact that one of the reasons people move to, and stay in the area is because of Weld RE-4 schools. Our families spend a lot of time visiting schools and evaluating the opportunities available for their children. They are truly invested in their children’s education; for that, we are grateful.

As much as our parents invest in ensuring that their children have access to the best educational opportunities, it is easy to understand why any potential change—such as a transition from one Weld RE-4 school to another—is difficult. The school district and board of education have some important decisions to make in December to create a boundary for Severance High School and fix imbalances in middle and elementary school populations. More information on this topic is available here.

While our Boundary Committee began to devise boundary solutions in August, this is something we have been tracking, planning for, and communicating since voters approved a new high school in 2016 and since we reached capacity at Range View Elementary School. We meet regularly with all of the municipalities in the Weld RE-4 boundary to understand and plan for the impact growth and development has on our schools. Over the past several years, this has been a moving target; the way growth has materialized has had an outsized impact on Range View in particular. While we will require additional capacity at the elementary and middle school level in the near future, if we look at our district as a whole, we can currently accommodate every student if we re-adjust our boundaries.

In response to our communication on this topic over the past year and at the three community meetings we held in October, we have heard from many people that they understand the need to adjust boundaries. However, that doesn’t make the process any easier, especially for those whose children will have to change schools. We want you to know that, as a district, we are prepared to support student transitions. Principals, teachers, and students are excited to welcome new families into their communities. We will make sure that those who are impacted have the opportunity to get to know their new schools and make connections prior to the end of this school year. We are committed to setting every family up for a positive and successful school experience.

All 8th and 9th grade students, as well as all families impacted by school boundary changes, will receive notification of the changes in mid-January. We will include information on how to access the choice process to apply to attend a school other than your boundary school. There will be support available to help families navigate this process.

As we enter the season of gratitude, we are so thankful for your patience and understanding as we strive to do what is best for students and their educational experiences across the district. Students are at the heart of every decision we make in Weld RE-4. Every one of our schools offers something unique and special—overwhelmingly, our students are thriving. We are grateful for your continued investment in your children’s education.

To all of our students, families, staff, community members, and especially our service members and veterans—thank you for your sacrifice and contributions to our community and our country. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Dan Seegmiller
Superintendent, Weld RE-4 School District