Latest News – January 29

School News

Contractor Selected for LCHS Renovation Project

On Jan. 23 the school district entered into contract negotiations with Adolfson & Peterson (A&P) to serve as the Lake County High School renovation project’s General Contractor (GC).Espanol_Click During the hiring process, the Lake County School District emphasized it’s priority to ensure that the project uses local sub-contractors and laborers whenever possible and appropriate. A&P has a demonstrated track record of partnering with local subcontractors on similar projects in other rural communities.

Chris Guarino of Consilium takes perspective contractors on a tour of Lake County High School last December.

Chris Guarino of Consilium takes perspective contractors on a tour of Lake County High School last December.

 Stay tuned to Leadville Today for additional information regarding an upcoming informational session for interested local subcontractors, material suppliers, tradespeople and other local resources.  Look for this announcement in the near future to get registered for various opportunities the project intends to provide for the local community.

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CMC Ranks in Top 20 in Nationwide Community College Study

CNNMoney reports Colorado Mountain College ranks in the top 20 out of nearly 800 community colleges from around the nation for successful graduation and transfer rates. The ranking was created for the news outlet by College Measures, a leading researcher of comparative value within higher education. 

TMB-Acad_bldg_aerial_cutCMC’s “success rate” earned the college the No. 17 slot nationally, as well as the No. 1 ranking within Colorado. This places the college in the top 2 percent of success rates among all medium-sized public community colleges. 

The success rate is drawn from each school’s federally reported rates of students graduating within three years or transferring to a four-year college. 

“This is wonderful news for our students and our stakeholders,” said Dr. Jill Boyle, senior vice president at Colorado Mountain College. “This study illustrates the exceptional quality of the academic programs available at our college. The top-notch faculty CMC attracts from Colorado, and throughout the entire nation, create an educational experience that provides our students the competitive advantage they need to succeed. With the increased call for demonstrable results, now, more than ever, colleges must demonstrate a commitment to focusing resources on retention and student success.” 

CNNMoney’s list compared all community colleges in the U.S. with more than 200 full-time freshmen. The article and ranking can be found HERE.A_Spacer_Thin

Teachers, Admins Attend Leadership Conference

A group of four Lake County School District administrators and three teacher-leaders of the Lake County Education Association (LCEA) attended the two-day Community Leadership Trust 2013 Conference:  Voices from the Field on January 11th and 12th.  The conference was held Jan. 11 & 12 in Loveland, Colo. and focused on learning a set of techniques titled Interest-Based Strategies (IBS) to build strong, cooperative relationships.  Participants at the conference learned to use collaborative strategies to address complex challenges that arise in today’s education system. 

Participants from Lake County School District included from top left to right: Kathleen Fitzsimmons, Jamie Jeffery, Kim Kortkamp, Stephanie Gallegos, Wendy Wyman, Audrey Magill and Emily Bordogna.

Participants from Lake County School District included from top left to right: Kathleen Fitzsimmons, Jamie Jeffery, Kim Kortkamp, Stephanie Gallegos, Wendy Wyman, Audrey Magill and Emily Bordogna.

Participating districts came from several states including Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Washington.  Part of the conference’s sessions examined how individuals can work together to ensure maximum success for school districts.   This work was funded by the district’s Targeted District Improvement Partnership (TDIP) Grant from the Colorado Department of Education.  The grant is supporting the school district to work on four areas: climate and culture, curriculum, instruction and leadership.  

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