Community Message December 2019

Community Message December 2019
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December 2019
“One kind word can change someone’s entire day.” That’s a quote from Windsor Middle School (WMS) student Taylor Royse’s poster illustration included in the 2020 Bully Prevention calendar. Every year, we partner with Arc of Weld County to host a poster contest. Students create posters that encourage peers and community members to stand up against bullying and create a community free from bullying and hurt. This year, 300 Weld RE-4 students submitted poster designs, 12 of which are featured in the 2020 Bully Prevention calendar. The first-, second-, and third-place winners were recognized by the Board of Education this month.
First Place
Created by Brady Sanger, 7th Grade Windsor Middle School 
Second Place
Created by Makaila Spear, 6th Windsor Middle School 
Third Place
Created by Sally Dreyer, 5th grade Grandview Elementary 
These illustrations showcase our students’ artistic talent and, more importantly, their dedication to spreading kindness, stopping bullying, and promoting healthy relationships throughout their schools.
Healthy relationships are essential in ensuring our students and buildings are safe every day; so too is proper equipment and training. This year, we applied for and received over $500,000 in grant funding, which we invested in safety infrastructure, equipment, and trainings. New radios used by staff allow for clear communication with a much broader range extending to all areas of the buildings as well as the far corners of our campuses. We have a secure radio channel that can be used, in real time, by school district personnel and our partner law enforcement agencies.
Looking ahead to 2020, student safety continues to be a high priority.
As we plan ahead to potentially request funding in November 2020 for two new elementary schools, adding capacity at Severance Middle School and WMS, and investing in the maintenance and improvements of all district facilities, we will be applying for a Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant.

BEST grants are highly competitive and are prioritized for the worst-condition school facilities in the state. There are portions of the WMS building (the 1927 portion in particular) we believe may be a good candidate for funding, in part because of the safety hazards and health concerns preventing the space from being used.

We will be holding two community meetings at WMS (900 Main St.) on January 9 and 21, both at 6:30PM, to get feedback on possible construction scenarios for WMS and discuss the BEST application process in more detail. We hope you will join us.

Happy holidays from our Weld RE-4 family to yours. See you in 2020! 

Dan Seegmiller
Weld RE-4 
What is a BEST grant?
BEST is a competitive grant from the Colorado Department of Education that provides financial assistance to school districts for the construction and/or renovation of new or existing public schools. It is funded by revenues from the Colorado State Land Board, Colorado Lottery, and marijuana excise taxes (this is where most of the marijuana funding for K–12 goes). BEST grants are matching grants and, if awarded, will require a 69% match from our district.