Community Information (Employee Labor Dispute)

Pueblo City Schools is happy to report that a settlement has been reached with both associations. All schools will be open and resume normal schedule beginning Monday May 14, 2018, and all students are expected to report. We look forward to welcoming all our students.

Dear parents,

The Board of Education voted to reject the fact-finder’s recommendations for cost-of-living raises for our teachers and paraprofessionals. We value our employees and the quality education they provide to your children each and every day. This decision was reached solely based on our dire financial situation as we face a $3.6 million deficit this year.

We are doing all we can to manage our finances in a responsible manner. Next year, we are moving to a four-day school week in an attempt to save precious resources. As our enrollment continues to decline, the Board will have to make more difficult decisions about funding, including potential reductions in work force and school closures. Competing financial needs make our budgeting even more complicated. For example, our aging infrastructure demands immediate attention, with $173 million needed next year for critical building repairs and renovations.

As we face these tough financial decisions, we reaffirm our commitment to work with our employee associations to provide the best possible education to our students.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Together we will solve our financial problems and adopt a budget that reflects our values and our fiscal realities.

Charlotte Macaluso, Superintendent