by Jennifer Parker
LA VETA- Last year the Re-2 district had an influx of kids and closed enrollment to anyone living outside the district. This year the number of students is down, especially in elementary grades. Superintendent Dave Seaney feels that enrollment has dropped because young parents find it difficult to make a living here and move away. Students are still requesting to enter high school grades, but the Board has limited classes to 25. They are looking at specific cases to allow more students to come aboard.
The pre-K and Kindergarten playground may look a little different now. The Colorado Department of Education required six inches more of gravel. A border was added around the playground so that more pea gravel could be put in.
Four new aides have been added to the district: Martha Warren in Pre-school, Jodi Campbell for Kindergarten, Joan Kerr for special needs children, and Fred Ferrari in the Elementary. Board member Kenny Schneider will teach a video and graphics production class to the gifted and talented in high school. Teacher Jose Girgado will teach a program called “Forces of Nature.”
Kids involved in golf will now have an assistant coach, Larry Klinke. Thirteen students play golf, but only a few travel to tournaments with Coach Roger Brunelli. The others will work with Mr. Klinke.
Board President Eddie Smith, has suggested a raise in pay for substitute teachers. Seaney will check the pay for substitute teachers at other schools and report at the next work session on September 9. The regular school board meeting is on Sep.23.