2021 Education Reimagined

The Salida School District Board of Education is considering a multi-faceted program change to Salida High School to address a budget shortfall and to meet the school district’s mission to prepare every student to succeed in life by providing quality and progressive curriculum.

As it stands now (April 2021), because of recent federal COVID relief funding, the district is able to balance the budget for the school year and take more time for proposed program changes. The teachers and staff will consider what is feasible and bring them to the community for discussion during the upcoming school year. Thank you everyone for your feedback and participation thus far, as it has made a difference and impact.
This short video provides an overview of the current financial standing of the district and how it relates to the proposed graduation changes that will be discussed during the 21-22 school year:

In addition, board member Jeannie Peters wrote a letter that expresses the importance and desire of the board and what the goal is behind the proposed changes:
Jeannie's Letter - The big WHY.

Process Timeline for Graduation Change Updates

Timeline with use of Federal ESSR Funds allowing more time for conversations:

April - Discuss 21-22 Budget

May - Approve Initial 21-22 Budget

June - Finalize 21-22 Budget

July - No Meetings

August- Start School

September - Community & Staff Meetings to discuss strategic planning and graduation requirement changes

October - Community & Staff Meetings to discuss strategic planning and graduation requirement changes

November - Community & Staff Meetings to discuss strategic planning and graduation requirement changes

December - Finalize Audit of 20-21 fiscal year, certify revenues for 21-22 fiscal year, allocate staff pay changes for 21-22 fiscal year

January - TBD

February: Finalize any graduation requirement changes, codified in Policies IKF-2 and IKF-2-R

To frame the proposed changes, the board is asking these questions: 

program infographic


The below document links provide background, research and information pertaining to the ideas proposed in the graduation requirement change:
FRESHMAN ACADEMY - Research brief on the benefit of a ninth grade academy
SCHOOL-SPONSORED ACTIVITY RESEARCH - Benefit of student involvement in activities
NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE DATA - Statistics on how many SHS graduates pursue higher education.
THE HECHINGER REPORT - Opinion: 9th Graders do better with less class work report.
THE NEW YORK TIMES - Financial Literacy is Important for Graduates

How to Get Involved

 Parents and other stakeholders are invited to listen in on Board of Education meetings and District Accountability meetings. Reach out to your School Board and DAC members for specific questions and concerns. This is a community process, but to answer many impending questions, the staff and teachers need to develop curriculum recommendations to determine what is feasible.

Listen to Heart of the Rockies Radio on Wednesday mornings at 7am for a weekly chat with Superintendent Blackburn. 

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