• Leadership Update - Oct. 2021

    It is extremely important that we recognize different “behind the scenes” teammates who enable our district’s core mission of educating students. The month of October provided an opportunity to do so in the guise of National School Bus Safety Week, which is a great time to focus on the contributions of our transportation team in all that they do.

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  • Leadership Update - Sept. 2021

    Since its inception in 2016, the Voice of the Workforce (VoW) Annual Survey has proven time and again to provide immeasurable value as an essential part of our culture and strategy of continuous improvement. VoW is all about listening and learning from YOU—our valued workforce members.

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  • Leadership Update - Aug. 2021

    If you’ve been following conversations at recent board of education meetings, you know we’ve been taking a close look at competitive revenue and compensation in District 49, as compared to our neighboring school districts. Your guidance through VoW Annual Survey results, both in 2020 and 2019, led me to research and build analyses that helped identify and quantify our compensation issue in D49.

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  • Leadership Update - May 2021

    Every time I drive through the gap construction on my way to Denver, I am irritated in advance, impatient in the middle, and relieved on the other side. That’s exactly how I feel about the 20-21 school year. We knew going in it would be a difficult year, but we didn’t know how many delays, detours, accidents and disruptions we might encounter.

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  • Leadership Update - April 2021

    Last summer District 49 created a new department as part of a reorganization: data and performance. The change brought central registration, student information systems (PowerSchool), and academic systems, which oversees tools used for student learning and assessment, into one department.

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  • Leadership Update - March 2021

    “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” said James Baldwin, American writer and activist. I cited those words when I welcomed the newly installed Equity Leadership Advisory Council’s executive board at our first meeting.

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  • Leadership Update - Feb. 2021

    District 49 is blessed by a long tradition of leadership from teachers and other committed educators. We are not the largest or wealthiest district, so D49 has been a place that attracts and holds employees because they are committed to students and the community.

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  • Leadership Update - Jan. 2021

    As many staff know, finding and keeping reliable and effective guest teachers has remained a top workforce challenge the past few years, and the problem has magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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