East Otero tabled action on several programs, announced vacancy, approved 4th grade trip.

E Otero School Board announces vacancy

Two programs tabled, Fourth Grade Trip OK’d

On Monday evening, East Otero School Board Chairman Jeff Paolucci announced the vacancy on the school board caused by Tom Seaba, who was elected, stepping down. Persons interested in serving may bring a written letter of interest accompanied by a list of qualifications and reasons for applying to the central office of the school district on East Third Street before 12 p.m. on Dec. 21. Letters will be considered and decided upon at the Jan. 8 meeting.

The fourth grade trip for an overnight stay at the Denver Zoo was presented by Erica Zgorgynski and approved. Approval by the school board was needed before application for the grant could be made.

The Primary School Construction authorized at the last election is now in the stage of searching for an architect. The master plan allows a six week turn-around to obtain an architect. “The earliest we could start physical work is Spring Break,” said Superintendent Lovato. “Construction may run into next fall.”

An adjustment in the length of the school day is coming up, said Lovato. The new day for high school will be 7:45 to 3:45 and 7:50 to 3:40 for the elementary. He hopes to readjust bus scheduled to have pickups not run so early or so late. “Bus drivers are an issue right now,” said Lovato.

The Jump Start program was tabled for now, as was the Basic Health Care class. The principals indicated there is no need to change the present dress code for students. Students requested to be able to wear hats Monday through Thursday as well as on Friday. Paolucci said, “If something comes up that is not acceptable or that we need to change, we can do that.”

The Mill Levy for the district is set at 24.443.

The intervention program for eighth graders is tabled, also. Director Angela Ayala has some questions concerning the program. “Who will determine the students who will go into the program? What if the pilot program does not meet with the parents’ approval? What is the plan for students who do not get their parents’ approval?”

Financial Director Merinda Reisch reports the fresh fruit and vegetable program is in good shape with $1400, but the overall lunch program is in the red by $22,210, due to the program no longer catering Inspiration Field.