Schools: Haunted Hills & Candidates
Meet School Board Choices
This post was updated on October 20, 2021.
On Oct. 18th the Board of Education held a Special Meeting to interview the three candidates running for the Lake County SChool District’s school board: John Baker, Stephanie McElhinney and Felicia Federico Roeder. The top two vote-getters will fill the two positions.
If you would like to reach out to any of the candidates, contact information is below.
- John Baker- Bakerjohnd@outlook.com or Facebook.com/bakerjohndavid
- Stephanie McElhinney- email@example.com or 509-952-3116
- Felicia Federico Roeder- Ffederico@co.lake.co.us or 970-485-3941
If you have any others questions, please reach out to Bunny Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-486-6805.
Tune in to see what your school board candidates have to say, then cast your vote on November 2nd. Ballots have already been mailed out to registered Lake County voters. Check your voter registration here because there’s still time to make sure your voice is heard.
- What are two positive things you see happening in the Lake County Schools right now and what are two challenges?
- What would you hope to see in Lake County that would help families choose our schools?
- What blind spots as a board can you help us address? What contribution to the board do you hope to make?
- How do you understand yourself as a leader and a representative? What does leadership mean to you?
Student Count Numbers Released
In other school news, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) recently released some numbers regarding “pupil membership” for school districts across the state. Each year the CDE requires a student count be taken on October 1st.
Earlier this year the CDE released a media advisory addressing how the pandemic affected pupil membership. “Approximately 140 of the state’s 178 school districts reported drops in enrollment with nearly 40 districts reporting increasing enrollment, according to the data released today by CDE.” But these numbers are critical as they impact everything from state funding to school lunches to staffing.
The data is available on the state CDE website and can be viewed and assessed by many variables. The major allocation of state funds for financing schools comes through the Public School Finance Act of 1994. Under this act, state and local general fund revenues are distributed to school districts on a per-pupil basis. In the chart below compiled by Leadville Today is a five-year overview of “pupil membership by grade.”
Show Me The Money – Salaries & Such
The other numbers to consider involve salaries or wages. School districts are subject to the same transparency as other public sector entities, making available to tax-payers wages of LCSD employees. Simply put, you can find out who made how much last year in the Lake County School District. While some say it might not be polite to discuss money, when it comes to getting the very best for Lake County students, certain subjects are not “off-limits” in Leadville Today.
For some readers after reviewing such statements as the samples listed below, you may ask, how do I get involved? You can plan on attending the upcoming “Accountability Meeting.” Now is the time. The winds of change are blowing. In what direction will your child’s school-ship set sail in Leadville Today?
- “Number of employees at Lake County School District in year 2020 was 190. Average annual salary was $26,306 and median salary was $27,322. Lake County School District average salary is 44 percent lower than USA average and median salary is 37 percent lower than USA median.”
- “This salary is 166 percent higher than average and 156 percent higher than median salary in Lake County School District.”
- “This salary is 246 percent higher than average and 233 percent higher than median salary in Lake County School District.”
Student Pick-Up for LCIS & LCHS
District Accountability Committee Meeting
On Thursday, October 21st at 6 p.m., the District Accountability Committee will be meeting at Lake County Elementary School. Community members, staff members, and family members are all encouraged to attend. A spaghetti dinner will be provided. See the attached flyer for more information.
Board of Education Meetings move to Monday’s
The Board of Education voted at the Regular Meeting on Sept. 14, 2021, to change their meeting nights to the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meeting information is located on the district website (lakecountyschools.net)-under Board of Education-Meetings and Minutes (link is here). If you have any questions regarding meetings or the board, please reach out to Bunny Taylor at email@example.com or 719-486-6805 for more information.
Haunted Hills Race at CMC
Come run or bike the scariest race in the Colorado Rockies at the fifth annual Haunted Hills Race presented by On running.
Racers will move through the “haunted” CMC Leadville trails on their bikes, feet or both. The event will feature a 5K mountain bike race, 5K haunted hills foot race and a 2K boo-friendly event for kids. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes. The best-dressed racers will receive a prize.
The Haunted Hills racing events will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 3-5 p.m. at CMC Leadville, 901 S. Highway 24. Entry fees for the 5K bike and the 5K run are $30, but if you want to race both, the fee is $45. The kids’ 2K race is $15. All proceeds benefit the CMC cross-country team.
CMC Earns Healthy Minds designation
The Colorado Department of Higher Education recently awarded Colorado Mountain College (CMC) a Healthy Minds designation, recognizing CMC’s ongoing work in addressing the mental health needs of its students.
“It’s wonderful to acknowledge the important work campuses are doing to support student mental health and well-being,” said Lisa Doak, CMC assistant vice president of student services.
For Dr. Lisa Runck, associate dean for student affairs at CMC Spring Valley and Glenwood Springs, the Healthy Minds designation recognizes the college’s longstanding commitment to students’ mental health and wellness needs.
“Colorado Mountain College has been actively engaged in these efforts for at least a decade,” Runck said. “When we provide support for the student, we’re not only helping our student, but possibly that student’s family and the larger community. The ripple effect creates positive outcomes in many ways.”
CMC is now one of six colleges and universities in the state to receive the designation. Of the higher education institutions earning a CDHE Healthy Minds designation, only Colorado Mountain College is a dual-mission college, meaning it offers certificates and associate degrees, in addition to bachelor’s degrees.
Well-being support at all campuses
To qualify for the designation, CMC submitted an 11-page report in response to CDHE’s Healthy Minds Campus Checklist. The checklist identifies efforts at Colorado’s higher education institutions that offer ready access to mental health information and services, online and free counseling, innovative wellness programs and more.
Collegewide, Colorado Mountain College’s initiatives include YOU@CMC, a one-click online confidential student website that offers tips and tools for managing mental and physical health. CMC also provides faculty sessions on how to address and make referrals regarding mental health and wellness issues in the classroom, in-person and virtually.
Individual campuses incorporate mental health and well-being support into their activities.
For example, among other tactics, CMC Leadville and CMC Salida maintain a partnership with SolVista Health for student referral, counseling and therapy both virtually and in-person.
In addition, during September and October all of CMC’s campuses participate in a campaign promoting mental health and well-being. Activities, workshops and community events are held encouraging awareness, support and tangible take-aways to address well-being.
The college is also planning a spring 2022 campaign to promote awareness and discussion around resiliency. The campaign will encourage individuals and communities to strengthen the ability to cope and respond to adversity through an interactive process.
“It’s so important that Colorado higher-education institutions are stepping up to help their students and communities and we encourage others to do the same,” said Gov. Jared Polis. “Colorado is breaking down barriers and stigmas and making it easier for students to focus on learning by providing mental health services.”
Currently, 61% of Colorado’s adult population has a higher education credential. The state’s strategic plan, called Colorado Rises, calls for 66% of adults to earn a college certificate or degree by 2025. Designations such as Healthy Minds are supporting students in achieving this goal. To learn more, visit https://highered.colorado.gov/social-determinants-of-student-success.