Status of John Mall HS: I wish I could give y’all some great news, as well as, tons of facts. I am unable to at this point. This is what I can tell you. The structural engineer came today and took measurements of various wall and floor cracks, ceiling tile movement, roof repair needs etc etc. He stated he believes it to be structural damage due to the foundation in the front of the building dropping (moving) approximately 1 ft. (that is a lot of movement) It could be the weight of the snowpack on the roof or the soil structure itself (he is not sure as yet). He will be bringing other personnel with him, hopefully, in the next few days, to do further in depth studies. He is reluctant to make a statement about the safety of the building thus it is up to me to make a determination so…….. with the information provided to me and without a statement or certificate designating the structure is safe to be inhabited, I will not put anybody in jeopardy of injury or worse. Therefore…we must continue teaching with remote learning until further notice. This could be 1 week, 2 weeks, the rest of the semester or possibly much longer. Nobody shall enter the building until I hear that it is safe to re-enter and declare it as such.
This is going to be a process so please understand and bear with us as we wait for more specific information. Your administrators and I will be trying to develop contingency plans for in person learning but realistically that probably won’t occur until 2nd semester, if need be.
John Mall HS is not to be occupied at this time. Remote learning continues until further notice.
Meals will include a breakfast, snack, and lunch. Please note that meals will only be prepared for those who sign up. On the form you can choose to pick up between 10am-10:30 am or 1:30pm-2pm. You also choose which days you intend to pick up a meal. Please arrive only during the designated times, as we will be serving in the cafeteria in between these times. This is the same drive through at Peakview as we did for sack lunches. Enter by the High school practice field, drive around the back of the school and drive between the alley between Peakview and the West Wing. See the map attached below.
If you already are online only and filled your meal form out last week, you do not need to do so again for this week.
Please contact Tara Burke if need additional information by email or by phone 719-738-1520 x 102.
Huerfano County Notice of Election Booklet error. The last bulleted item in the Pro Statement should read $100, 000 (not $100,00) per market value home (instead of actual home value). The corrected statement should read as follows:
An approximate $16 million bond, partnered with a state funded BEST grant of approximately $21 million, results in a $37 million new, state of the art school and needed repairs to our other school facilities costing taxpayers only $8.05 a month per $100,000 of market home value. Passing this bond is an investment in the future of our students and in the Walsenburg and Gardner communities.
The School District’s emergency reserve required by Section 20(5) of Article X of the Colorado Constitution is held in the School District’s ____General____ Fund.
The School District’s emergency reserve fund has been fully funded by cash or investments for the current fiscal year and each of the last four fiscal years.
Financial Information Review
The School District’s audited financial statements for the last four fiscal years, any management letters that have been made public and have been provided to the School District by its auditors in connection with the preparation of its audits for the last four fiscal years, and the School District’s budget for the current fiscal year may be reviewed by any person at the following location or locations:
In town bus students and parents: I am asking that as many of you as possible please consider walking to school or be driven to school so as to limit the number of riders in order to reduce the # of students on that particular bus for the time being with Covid restrictions in place. Thank you so much. Please share this with families with in town bus riders.