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  • District 50 Board Places Bond, Mill Levy on November Ballot

    With a unanimous vote, the District 50 Board of Education took steps Tuesday night to place two measures on the November 4 ballot asking voters to raise $22.5 million to support academic improvement and building upgrades across the district.

    The request for a modest tax increase comes after lengthy discussions with community leaders and with the full support of the independent District 50 Financial Oversight Committee.

    “We believe this is the right decision for our students and the community as a whole,” said Superintendent Pamela Swanson. “We are clearly on the right path in terms of academic achievement and we have stretched our dollars as far as they will go. Voters need to rally around this effort.”

    District 50 cut almost $4 million dollars from the 2014/15 budget after voters turned down a $5.25 million mill levy override last fall. The last mill levy override was passed in 2001 and the last bond election was approved in 2006.

    The Bond Proposal (2 dollars per month per $100,000 of assessed property valuation) would raise $20 million to upgrade safety and security features in schools and add air conditioning to the five elementary schools without air conditioning. In addition, the money would be used to renovate facilities providing students’ access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) classes to prepare students for jobs of the future. Funds would also be available to match state funds as part of the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program.

    The Mill Levy Override (3 dollars per month per $100,000 of assessed property valuation) would raise $2.5 million a year to support academic programming focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as well as practical vocational training. The funds would offset future budget cuts that impact classroom sizes and arts, theater and music programs. The dollars would keep highly qualified teachers in the classroom and support the continued implementation of the district’s successful Competency Based System (CBS).

    Ballots for the November 4 election will be mailed to registered voters the week of October 13.

    Voters can register online at:

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  • District 50 Continues Strong, Steady Academic Growth

    The latest results for the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) show Adams County School District 50 continuing to make academic gains with the implementation of its district-wide Competency Based System (CBS).

    Just released data from the Colorado Department of Education show that of the 24 assessments taken in the spring of 2014, District 50 students either improved or maintained scores in 19 categories; the highest percentage of any district in the metro area.

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  • Students, Teachers Return to Classroom

    Nervous … excited … happy … scared.

    Those were just some of the words coming from the lips of students, parents and probably even some teachers Monday morning as classes got underway for about 10,000 students in Adams County School District 50.

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  • ‘Welcome Back Rally’ Motivates, Inspires D50 Staff

    “The answer is YES!”

    That was the theme for District 50 employees this year as they gathered at Ranum Middle School for the traditional Welcome Back Rally that marks the beginning of a new school year.

    The theme came from a Denver Post opinion piece earlier this year that asked the question, “Is Westminster 50 on to something?” The piece profiled the District’s success with implementation of its Competency Based System (CBS).

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  • New Teachers on the Job in D50

    Welcoming, “the best of the best” to school District 50, 77 new teachers attended an orientation breakfast on Tuesday, August 5 to get a jump start on the new school year and in many cases their brand new careers.

    It was a chance for new teachers to meet the other fresh faces in the District and also spend some casual time with district leaders and principals.

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  • Summer Work Improves, Cools District 50 Schools

    If temperatures rise during the first couple of weeks of school, thousands of District 50 students won’t even notice.

    State-of-the-art heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems were installed this summer at Sherrelwood, Metz, Fairview, Mesa, and Sunset Ridge Elementary Schools. These schools join Tennyson Knolls, which received HVAC upgrades last summer, in thanking the community for its support of the 2006 Bond. The new HVAC systems are taking the edge of the summer heat.

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  • ‘Have A Heart’ Back for Another Year; Still Guided by Founders

    For almost 20 years Have a Heart has been aiding District 50 families in need and through all those years, the guiding force has been Joan and Wayne Smith. As another school year gets underway, the Smiths are still at it.

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  • Community Fair Brings Assistance to Westminster Families

    The Westminster community has always been a valued part of Adams County and this relationship was demonstrated last week at the Adams County Citizen Assistance Fair held at Harris Park Elementary.

    The purpose of the fair was to support community members that were in need of food assistance, healthcare, employment and educational opportunities among other amenities.

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  • Young Football Players Learn from Westminster’s Elite

    Westminster High School football players took some time out of their summer practice to help players of the future.

    Young football players took to the Westminster High School football fields this summer in the 5th annual Westminster High School Youth Football Camp.

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  • Your Tweet Can Raise Money, Support District 50 Tennis

    District 50 in partnership with the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) program is one of just 10 organizations across the country selected to participate in a Twitter campaign to support junior tennis in underserved communities and raise $10,000 for the local program.

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