- Cottonwood Plains Elementary
Thompson School District Will Continue to Work Toward Solutions
By Dr. Stan Scheer
Superintendent, Thompson School District
Both ballot items were rejected by the voters. And it wasn’t even close.
Each year, the State of Colorado shorts TSD by about $14.5 million. This is money that the law says that the State owes us, but the State claims that it cannot pay. This constant annual shortage has been happening since 2009. The response by many school districts around the state has been to turn to their communities for help through the passage of mill levy overrides and capital construction bonds.
-Over half of our elementary schools in the district now have less than 300 students.
-Every day, over 1,800 of our students leave this community to go to school in another district. Often, it’s because they live in an area where we don’t have adequate building service.
-Loveland High School is at 100% capacity and it also happens to serve an attendance area where more students are moving in every day.
-The north, east and south parts of the district are growing at a significant rate. And it is not expected to slow down anytime soon. We must remember that we serve an area of 362 square miles where potential growth is a given.
-Growth is underway in Berthoud, too. The impact from that growth will be significant for all of the schools there.
-Approximately 40% of our teaching staff now has 4 years or less of teaching experience. A big reason for this is that more experienced teachers can be lured to surrounding districts that offer higher salaries. TSD loses over 100 teachers every year.
We will continue to engage our family members and the community as we work toward finding some solutions to the serious challenges that we are facing. I hope you will join us. After all, Thompson School District is indeed our community school district, where great things happen every day. That must continue.