PTA President Ann Konieczny updated the board on a number of upcoming initiatives and successes, such as: this is the first year the PTA has set an expectation that parents volunteer 15 hours per year, and response has been good so far. Also, the second of two direct giving events will be held on Saturday, November 12 at Shift Work Space. This will be an adult only event and serve as a lead up to Colorado Gives Day 2016 (December 6, 2016). Also, be sure to check out the PTA’s new Colorado Gives fundraising page.
Actual student enrollment finished 10 students lower than anticipated, which impacts the school’s per pupil funding from the district. Nevertheless, the 2016-2017 academic year budget forecasts the school at break-even. Additionally, the school has received 50 percent of this year’s mill levy funding and next month the board will begin planning a longer term management program for the school’s cash reserves.
3A & 3B Bond Discussion
If voters approve the 3A & 3B bond package on the November ballot, Denver Language School will receive $2.9 million for a second floor addition to DLS East to create five new classrooms and providing sorely needed modern classroom space and expanded parking for staff. As a sign of support to the district, DLS board member Matt Wagner attended the district’s press conference, and board members have been passing out signs at bus stops.
Board members continue to meet with DPS officials about the bond process and to discuss build-out timing if the bond program passes, including pre planning and design work.
The possible consolidation of DLS East and West to one campus, and the plans for the school’s middle school program, was the primary topic of discussion at the DLS Board’s open house on Monday, October 10, 2016. It was also mentioned at the open house that if the bond package passes on November 8 new addition will completed in time for the 2018/19 school year, giving the school and board time to arrange the best middle school facilities option.
School leadership and board members continue to work with Citypoint Church management to push along outstanding and unresolved housekeeping and operational issues, such as the elevator. Currently, slipping timetables are the result of delays from the subcontractors, but Citypoint Church is diligently working to do what they can. Updates will be shared as they become available.
Looking to fill a final parent spot on the board, the school’s nomination committee met with eight applicants before recommending Corelle Spetigue for the final board position. The nomination committee consulted closely with the Colorado League of Charters and DLS board.