Voters in Hotchkiss and Paonia may feel at loose ends in this election cycle, since ballots were mailed to residents in Crawford, Cedaredge, Orchard City and Delta -- but not to them. The need for a countywide election was eliminated when the number of candidates expressing interest in the Delta County 50J Board of Education matched the number of seats to be filled.
Tammy Smith was elected to the Delta County School Board in November 2009. While her three children were in school, she dedicated her time and energy as a volunteer and high school coach.
Delta County Joint School District #50 will save an estimated $14,000 by cancelling the school board election scheduled for November.
Three school board seats were to be filled, but just three candidates filed petitions for those seats.
Just three candidates have expressed interest in the three school board seats to be filled in the November election. Unless another candidate steps forward between now and the deadline of Sept. 1, the election may be cancelled.
Three directors will be elected to the Delta County School Board in November. Beginning Aug. 7, interested candidates may obtain nomination petitions and notice forms from the Delta County clerk and recorder's office in the county courthouse. Candidates must reside in Director District 1 (City of Delta and west), District IV (Hotchkiss area, north and east of Cedaredge) and District V (Paonia/Crawford area).
The first of four community forums was hosted by Delta County Joint School District Monday in Delta. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the school district will hear from the Paonia community with a session that starts at 6 p.m. at Paonia Junior-Senior High School.
The Delta County School Board recently completed its annual evaluation of superintendent Caryn Gibson. The board's written evaluation finds Gibson "is very competent and exceeds expectations in all areas evaluated."
Hotchkiss resident Tammy Smith recently received the McGuffey Award from the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB). This longtime CASB award honors committed school board members who make a difference and bring passion to their work.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Delta County School Board held its meeting at the North Fork Montessori School at Crawford. The school board and the principals of all the public schools in the North Fork Valley used the occasion to express gratitude to the Cocker Kids Foundation for support that totaled over $1 million over the last 20 years
At a work session last week, the Delta County School Board finalized the process for making noncurricular materials available through district and school websites.
Flyers for student activities approved by the building principal will be uploaded onto the school website and will also be available in the office.
The Delta County School Board has revised the policy that opened the door for religious materials to be distributed in the schools.
The revised policy maintains the school district's non-discriminatory stance, instead targeting the amount of non-curricular material that will be permitted.
The Delta County School District Board of Education has officially opposed the Town of Cedaredge allowing alcohol sales 60 feet from Cedaredge Elementary School.
The community meetings hosted by Delta County Joint School District #50 provided a "snapshot" of the district's strengths and challenges, but facilitator Randy Black cautioned the school board against identifying outcomes without broader input.
Black, the director of member relations for the Colorado Association of School Boards, facilitated community meetings in Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia, worked with a representative group of high school students, and met with the school board late last week to wrap up the listening sessions.
A new school calendar for 2016-17 eliminates early release days and adds two professional development/work days for teachers.
The calendar formally adopted by the Delta County Board of Education in January is the result of a collaborative effort spearheaded by Marty Rover, a Delta High School teacher who is pursuing an advanced degree and chose the calendar as the focus of a research project for a leadership course.
Jill Jurca and Pete Blair will be sworn in as school board members at the board's Nov. 19 meeting. In the Nov. 3 election, Jurca earned 62 percent of the votes in a contest with Genevieve Novinger.
Turnout was fair, with 38.5% voting in this off-year election where Delta County voters has only one race -- for the school board -- and a question related to municipalities participating in a high-speed Internet project.
Jill Jurca won the race for Delta County School board for District Two over Genevieve Novinger. Jurca tallied nearly 62 percent (3,972) of the vote while Novinger received 38 percent (2,454).
There is just one contested race on the ballot this year, to determine who will fill the Director District 2 school board seat being vacated by Kathy Svenson.
All registered voters within the school district can cast ballots in this race, even though the director district is centered in the City of Delta.
After a favorable performance evaluation, the Delta County Board of Education approved a contract extension for district superintendent Caryn Gibson.
Gibson is a 26-year employee of Delta County Joint School District and has served as superintendent for four years.
Three school board candidates submitted the required petitions prior to the deadline of Friday, Aug. 28, for the election to be held in November. Two directors will be chosen for four-year terms.
Two school board seats will be filled in the November election, and while the election is several months away, the window for circulating nominating petitions is upon us.
Candidates can pick up a "notice of intent to run" form from the county clerk's office that must be signed by 50 registered electors and returned to the county clerk by Aug. 28.
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