The Delta Academy of Applied Learning (DAAL), a public school alternative for students in grades 6-8, is moving from the second level of the Delta Family Center at 822 Grand Avenue, and from two classrooms to one.
Those moves, and a four-year contract renewal for the alternative school, were addressed during a school board work session earlier this month.
The DAAL school is moving into the space formerly occupied by the band and choir programs, on the east side of the old middle/high school.
The move was spurred by demolition of the old sixth grade wing, in preparation for construction of a new addition to Delta Middle School. For the 2018-19 school year, the sixth graders will be moved to the upper floor of the Delta Family Center, occupying the space formerly used by DAAL.
School board members waived rent of $1,600 per year because of the move, which will have to be reversed at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
The only major change to the contract itself deals with enrollment. If pre-enrollment does not reach 18 by July 1, a provision in the contract will trigger a conversation about how the school will move forward. Enrollment is capped at 26.
If enrollment falls below 18, Kim Egging, school director/teacher, said the school's staff of two would simply work for less money. "We would still have a school," she told school board members.
Student/parent interest is high for the 2018-19 school year, she added, in part because of the concern some DMS parents have about the temporary placement of sixth grade students next year.
Delta Academy of Applied Learning (DAAL) is a school of choice contracted with Delta County School District and the recipient of the 2017 Colorado Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award. It was established in 2002 and features a hands-on curriculum and individualized student learning plans.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.