Horizons K8 Council
Facilitators: Danny Conroy and John McCluskey
Minutes: Lauren Tracey
I> Bruce Messinger and Diedre Pilch to share on BVSD Bond Initiative 3A on ballot
● 3 schools will be replaced;
● preK8 school in Erie. Projecting 1000 students will attend.
● Will improve physical condition of schools maintenance, boilers, etc.
● Special Ed centralization current students from Halcyon school.
● Will have CBOT: Citizen Bond Oversight Committee
● Preschool commitment is strong and geared toward highly impacted populations.
● 576 million will be spent and boosts economy, via jobs.
● Boulder County has a great voting record approving bond issues, while others fail in rest
of the state.
● Technology included; currently 1:1 Pilot initiative @ Centaurus. Part of 3A will provide
internet to some affordable housing projects.
● This is a six year plan and the timeline has not yet been drafted. 3 phases over 6 years.
? Horizons is slated to receive 1 million; Peak to Peak 4 million; Summit has 8 million in this
bond. Question why the disparity? Also, we had no oversight committee to determine needs.
BM says because we have recent upgrades. Community member points out that BVSD will be
making a 4 million dollar investment in a building that BVSD does not own. BM says BVSD legal
dept. is involved in the proposal for Peak to Peak.
Question was askede regarding the timing for full day kindergarten need to also have funding
for teacher salaries.BM replies If salary funding is approved this session by legislature, most of
our facilities could not accomodate 34 year olds right now anyway.
Question was asked; is it possible to have initiatives for higher teacher pay or smaller class
sizes? BM separate funding structure. Bonds are limited to physical facilities
All under discussion per, TABOR is a factor, State worries about equity issues in terms of local
voting opportunities that fund things like class size and teacher salary.
Council procedures; communication procedures
● our school is full for October count
● Thanks for everyone who attended BOCO grant & new playground celebration.
III>Teams report on reconfiguration and outdoor ed
● Kinder team: Council does the insect dance to the tune of “heads, shoulders, knees and
Trip to Children’s Peace Garden & saw bees; rained out of trip to Sunflower Garden in
Outdoor Ed: invitation to view this as a K8 experience and integral part of Horizons education
● 12 Keystone science school; 1 night overnight; came home around 3pm; focus was
rocks, minerals and mining; slideshow
● 34 3 days exploring geological history of Boulder County Lessons in field; meals in
dining hall; kids made sandwiches in the field; lots of valuable geology & great
● 56 100 Elk stepping out of comfort zone focus; slideshow
● 78 great configuration; feels good & exciting; OE was at Rainbow trail in So. Colorado
in Sangre de Christo mtns. focus on developing kids & bonding; high ropes course is 35
feet in air, have to be 7th grade or older to go on. Ropes course with advisory group
focus on how to do what you never thought you could do. Had a hike with a 5000
● Teachers report comfort and ease with configurations
? should we consider no school on Monday following Outdoor Ed in next year’s calendar.
Reminder that many grades aren’t gone for an entire week anyway.
Mention about Nature Deficit Disorder as discussed in Last Child in the Woods, and
congratulates teachers and parents on valuing children’s experiences in nature.
VI> Strategic Plan as developed by Big Picture Team was distributed
link here Community invited to send John or classroom teacher feedback
V>Board report has met twice: highlights had 2 guests, approved financial controls
document which is posted on the website. Reviewed strategic plan and inquired about how we
might track progress. Motion to approve aftercare position. Board treasurer is now Phil Taylor
(interim right now)
Let council know that Ron W. has stepped down as treasurer. Thank you for all his work. Board
is crafting job description for treasurer. Board officer position.
VI> Committee reports
Development Committee: Kathy Hagen reports.
● Looking for members.
● Currently working on MOOLA campaign.
● Right now need help with Payback books are already in office. Needs help stuffing
books in envelopes and delivering to classrooms. Two volunteers step up!
● Auction committee planning begins in December, looking for cochair.
Thank you to Kathy, who stepped down last year and has come back. Thank you to Danny &
Kevin Holst for participating in back to school night. Working on letter for MOOLA campaign to
help people understand where money goes from fundraising. Also working with revtrack
automated payment system.
Kevin Holst: Early money is really important because it helps in planning allocation of resources
● Has had 2 coffees so far this year & hosted a lounge @ back to school night.
● Pizza program starts tomorrow. Money goes into council budget and is discretionary.
Abo’s prices have gone up; slice price goes up to $2.50 via proposal and thumbs up.
● looking at ways to bring multicultural resources to school including speakers, library,
● Will have a monthly multicultural corner in Skylines.
● Policy and practice assessment in 2015 with about 15 stakeholders. Next meeting is
October 14, Tuesday, all are invited.
DAC interim representative Kevin Holst.
● Good place to learn about district wide initiatives. First Tuesday of every month. If anyone
is interested in DAC, contact Kevin.