Tag Archives: Thompson School District

Search the latest TSD Employee data & Checkbook Spending

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The updated TSD Employee Database search tool is updated and you can now search by: Update Field:  This is date the district provided the data in response to our open records request.  The May 21, 2015 is the most current update and you can also look at the staffing as of prior dates. Location:  Select… read more

Izard: Future of education in Colorado being decided in local school districts

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Ross Izard a education policy analyst at the Independence Institute, provides insight to the battle for education reform here in Colorado.n I understand that in the early days of unions they played a significant role in protecting workers from dangerous working conditions, ending child labor,and improving pay and benefits for workers. What we face now… read more

Another Great Breaking Bread Potluck!

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Lot’s of good discussion surrounding testing as well as a discussion on merit pay (pay for performance). This time we had current and former teachers who brought a lot to the discussion as well as some new parents who shared concerns about the current system. We appreciate everyone who attended the discussion and as always… 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

Breaking Bread Potluck – Great Food & Yes even better Discussions!!

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When we first came up with the idea of having a “Breaking Bread Potluck”, we had no idea what the outcome would be. We are very happy to say that the first potluck was a success! In spite of last minute cancellations, there were 24 in attendance which included one principal and one teacher and… 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

Montagu, Ward & Howard display contempt for the Law & Derail 1st TSD Board Meeting

We had such high hopes for the start of the new school year and in fact we debated over whether or not we even need to attend the first board of education meeting tonight.  The agenda had five items of which four were for standard operating items that while “normal” are also critical such as… 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

Testing in Public Schools is out of Control. Not improving our Schools.

The enthusiasm to test is unabated here in Colorado.  K-12 students are subjected to lots of testing, not only by their teachers and the local school district but also by the state. Here is an analysis of test time for students in Thompson School District Problems with high-stakes testing: 1) standardized test scores poor measure… read more

Cost to Educate is over $10,000/student at Thompson School District

Thompson School District’s budget for 2013-14 proposes to spend $152 million to educate about 15,000 students, or over $10,000 per student. The Colorado Department of Education 2012-13 report states TSD’s student achievement is declining at all levels. Student math proficiency is 73 percent for elementary, 59 percent for middle, and just 40 percent for high… read more