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May 21, 2022

Dear TSD Families,

I hope you are all well as we head into the last week of school, and are looking forward to what summer brings.  While we have had some beautifully warm weather, it feels nice to get a touch of cool and moisture this weekend, and certainly any moisture we can get is much appreciated and needed.

It has been so nice seeing all of the end-of-year activities in full swing including field days, concerts, project presentations, exams, and pre-graduation and graduation activities.  While it is an exciting time it can also be a stressful time; please keep on eye on everyone around you as we are seeing many more mental health, substance, and behavior issues than typical.  Additionally, the increase in COVID cases over the past few weeks is unsettling.  With all the large-crowd end-of-year activities I ask that everyone be diligent, pay attention to any symptoms, and respond accordingly.  We need to look out for each other.  We still have boxes of rapid tests available in our school offices for anyone who wants them.

Here are a few updates:

  • The Board of Education met for a retreat on May 10 and worked with the administration to identify focus areas for next year from the Ends policies adopted earlier this year.  To see the Ends statements with focus areas highlighted in yellow click here.  While we will continue to strive for progress in all areas, narrowing down to a few goals to focus on makes a lot of sense and is considered a best practice. 
  • Next year’s BOE meeting will look somewhat different that those in the past as they will include “monitoring reports” each month; the BOE will monitor their own adherence to the governance policies that define their role, and I will provide monitoring reports for the policies that define the role of the Superintendent (and by extension everyone in the district).  To see all of the governance polices go to: https://www.tellurideschool.org/about_tsd/board_of_education/board_governance
  • The District and Telluride Education Association have reached a tentative agreement on a newly negotiated Master Teacher Agreement, with plans to ratify this coming week.
  • I am excited to announce that we have hired Emily Bordogna to serve as Literacy Coordinator, funded by a 5-year Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant.  Emily brings an excellent skill set and experience, and we are thrilled to have her join us. 
  • You may have heard state and national news about a security incident potentially impacting student data involving Illuminate Education, which is the parent company for the Educlimber student software that we use for our student data warehouse.  We have been informed by Illuminate Education that our student data may be potentially impacted as part of this security incident, and we are working with Illuminate Education to provide notification in compliance with all legal and policy requirements.  We sincerely regret any concern or inconvenience this incident may cause.  Look for information directly from Illuminate Education over the next few weeks, and you may reach out directly to Illuminate Education at (833) 940-2288 if you have immediate questions.
  • We are scheduled to start a major roof replacement project at both the elementary school and main campus in June, and will be coordinating all summer use of our facilities with this project. 

Reflecting on this year, I think it is fair to say that we all thought it would be easier than it turned out to be.  Everyone worked incredibly hard…our teachers, our support staff, our administrators, our Board of Education, and our students and families.  Everyone deserves a relaxing summer; I hope that is what you all have ahead of you!

Sincerely,

John Pandolfo

Superintendent

[email protected]

970-369-1213

 
 Please go to About TSD --> Superintendent  for previous communication from Superintendent John Pandolfo.




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