Tag Archives: Thompson School Board of Ed

You & I Create Respect – With or Without a Contract

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Negotiations this year had a new wrinkle: The passing of Prop 104 (70% of voters said yes). This new law means all discussions relating to district-union negotiations had to be conducted in public. It also means that boards can no longer go into executive session to discuss contract issues or strategy, and that actual negotiations… read more

Reflections on Thompson School Board

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I realize that posts have been few and far between. If only there were a way to squeeze more hours in a day I could juggle family, work, and efforts to improve public education perfectly! The reality is that there are only 24 hours in a day and so here is a much needed update… read more

Enough! Sometimes a Retreat is just a Retreat….

While the new year for the school board has started off a little bumpy, we still remain optimistic that the seven members will choose to put aside past disputes and focus on working together. We understand following the rules and adhering to policy is important, but can’t the board members help each other instead of… read more

Common Ground Does Exist IF We Listen To Each Other!

It is unfortunate that the opportunities to discover issues we agree on are missed because the “noise” of the school board bickering drowns out the ability for any of us to actually listen to each other. The guest column published today (8/13/2014) in the Reporter Herald, was written by Pam Howard who is a current… read more

Gambling is always fun when using other people’s money….

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At the February 12th board meeting,  the board voted 4-2 (Director Denise Montagu was absent) to table spending approx. $800,000 for RB+B Architects to begin the design work phase for High Plains Academy School at Centerra. This was the right decision for the District and we commend the board for voting to hit the “pause”… read more

TSD Continues Academic Decline

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The recent release of the 2013 Colorado School Grades report shows Thompson School District continues to  graduate students that are not proficient in the core subjects of math, reading and science. Although the numbers do reveal some good news for the district such as improvements in the elementary grades, these positives are overshadowed with a… read more

Thompson School District BOE: Mean Girls the sequel

The movie “Mean Girls” is a classic movie about the social cliques in high school and it would seem that the Thompson School District Board of Education has never left high school. The board of education and the district have long been in charge of deciding who is in and who is out and the… read more

1310 KFKA AM Colorado Segment on School Finance & Thompson School District

The last month there have been several community meetings that the Thompson School District and Board of Education have held regarding the budget for the upcoming year 2012-2013. What has been completely absent from these meetings are presentations and discussions on what the actual revenues and expenses have been for previous years.  The use of… read more

Thompson School District Still doesn’t get it

The Thompson School District is once again attempting to show citizens how “hard” they are working to fix their budget.  With salaries and benefits consuming will over 80% of the total budget the district is looking at cutting transportation which is so inconsequential but does generate an emotional response from citizens. This is how the… read more