by Jennifer Parker
LA VETA- At the Re-2 workshop session on Tuesday night, a special achievement was announced- La Veta was recognized as one of two schools in the state where leadership and teaching allowed the district to overcome socio-economic disadvantages.
The Colorado Department of Education defines rural school districts as one with population is sparse- less than 1000 people- and that population is widespread. Rural school districts can tend to show less academic success compared to larger districts because of socio-economic influences. One indicator of such a disadvantage is the free and reduced lunch program. Superintendent, Dave Seaney believed the district to be at a rate of 49% this year of kids participating in the lunch program, while last year the district was at 51%. However, this factor has not stopped the school from achieving academic success. La Veta was credited for overcoming this challenge citing that exemplary leadership and teaching makes the difference. School Board President Ed Smith stated “this is an accomplishment for our staff and teachers who have done a good job.” Congratulations also to the kids in the district who are showing their determination and drive for achievement.
The new automated calling system was used to inform parents of the school closure last week. (see related story below) Seaney stated “the system is amazing, and we had parents here within fifteen minutes of the call going out.”
Pat Keeling will take students on the annual Regional Science Fair trip to La Junta on the 20th and 21st.
An overnight trip was approved for the Anatomy and Physiology class to New Mexico and Arizona, touring medical schools and the Grand Canyon. Sponsors are Rita Kasper and Rick Sciacca.
The school is looking at different bids for an intercom and PA system, and also for new bleachers. President Smith said he is seeing more people come out and support the games than he has ever seen and people deserve nice bleachers.
The next board meeting will be Feb. 23 at 6:30.