Monday January 26, 2015

A group seeking approval for a charter school in Delta County has filed an appeal with the Colorado State Board of Education after Delta County Joint School District officials denied its application and elected not to take action on a formal request for mediation.
Applicants for the proposed Mt. Lamborn School of Arts and Science charter school have obtained legal counsel after meeting with district representatives Friday and learning that the district would not enter into facilitation.

Newsweek magazine has listed Paonia High School as one of the top 500 schools in the nation. Assistant principal Lindsay Prendergast says the ranking is based on ACT/SAT and Advanced Placement scores among Colorado high schools from Steamboat Springs to Denver.

Although it’s very early in the budget process, it appears strong revenue will result in an increase in per-pupil funding statewide. On the other hand, Delta County Joint School District #50 has lost 75 students since the “official” count in early October.

The Delta High School speech team hosted eight schools at the annual Panther Invitational speech tournament Jan. 16 and 17 at Delta High School. The team turned in a strong performance, led by several individuals.

A report summarizing the community forums and online survey conducted by Delta County Joint School District #50 outlined five subject areas of most interest:
• External pressures on the school district, including lack of and diminishing local job opportunities; graduates and families leaving Delta County (some for reasons related to the schools), funding cuts/uncertainties and testing requirements.

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