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#AEW2019: Teacher Appreciation

posted Nov 21, 2019, 2:17 PM by Anthony Sandstrom

South High School's Kathy Thomson, a 51-year teaching vet
and a previous Teacher of the Year recipient
Teachers are the motors that make schools run. They do the invaluable work of working with each and every student, helping them succeed to their fullest potential.

As part of American Education Week 2019, a national educational campaign raising awareness of the foundational role public education plays in America, it's an appropriate time to reflect on the endlessly positive impacts made by teachers around District 60. Remarkably, many District 60 teachers have logged 30 or more years of service. 

In all, 11 teachers in District 60 have put in 30 or more years with the district, including one, South High School's Kathy Thomson, who has logged an amazing 51 years with District 60, starting way back in 1968. 

If you know any of these long-tenured teachers, thank them for their tireless dedication to our community's kids!

Teachers with 30 or more years of service in District 60: Kathy Thomson (South High School) - 51 years, Lesley Alarid (Belmont Elementary) 33 years, Sandra Espinoza (Belmont Elementary) 32 years, Nada Filangi (Minnequa Elementary) 32 years, Terry McCanne (Belmont Elementary) 32 years, David Gavato (Columbian Elementary) 31 years, Rebecca Golob (Carlile Elementary) 31 years, Pamela Alfonso (Bradford Elementary) 30 years, Terri Pacheco (East High School) 30 years, Pat Laughlin (East High School) 30 years, Jay Mead (Centennial High School) 30 years. 

#AEW 2019: Education Support Professionals Day

posted Nov 20, 2019, 3:33 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Nov 20, 2019, 3:41 PM ]


Betty Gomez
South High School's Betty Gomez, one of only two 
educational support professionals in District 60 
with over 40 years of service
As part of American Education Week 2019, Wed., Nov. 20 is Education Support Professionals Day!

Many District 60 employees have worked in an educational support capacity for decades, some having been on the job for more than 30 years. As part of Education Support Professionals Day, below are a list of some of the longest tenured education support staff from District 60 schools. Some of these professionals have been beloved at their schools for decades, so if you know them, give them a congratulations and a thanks for their service to District 60 students all these years.



Nutrition Services: Elaine Jacobs (South High School) - 44 years, Betty Tienda (Bessemer Academy) - 34 years, Suzanne Hernandez (Central High School) - 33 years.

School Secretary: Betty Gomez (South High School) - 41 years, Marina Amaro (D60 Human Resources) - 35 years, Christina Baca (Paragon Learning Center) - 34 years.

Campus Security: Ron Vukelich (Central High School) - 30 years.

Maintenance/Janitorial: Mark Holcomb (Belmont Elementary) - 37 years, Larry Manzanares (Maintenance Service Center) - 36 years, Tracy Lay (Maintenance Service Center) - 36 years, Thomas Portillos (Maintenance Service Center) - 34 years, Rick Franklin (Maintenance Service Center) - 32 years, Ratka Germ (Morton Elementary) - 31 years, Jesus Perez (Maintenance Service Center) - 31 years, Thomas Lucey (Maintenance Service Center) - 30 years, George Eadie (Maintenance Service Center) - 30 years.

Paraprofessionals/ESS Support: Sally Gutierrez (Roncalli STEM Academy) - 35 years, Linda Graham (South High School) - 30 years.

#BuildD60: Full text of 2019 Ballot Question 4A

posted Nov 19, 2019, 10:42 AM by Anthony Sandstrom

At a special meeting held on July 30, 2019, the Board of Education unanimously decided to ask Pueblo School District 60 voters if they will approve a $218.25 million bond issue for schools. The measure appeared on the Nov. 5, 2019 ballot and was passed by a majority of Pueblo voters.

Since September 2015, the Board of Education had been engaged in a Facilities Master Plan process, assessing the condition of district facilities, listening to the school community, and studying the recommendations of architects, construction professionals, and community stakeholders. After an extensive public engagement process, numerous community meetings, and several surveys of the needs and desires of district taxpayers and constituents, the Board sought the issuance of general obligation bonds to replace, repair and update school facilities. 

The bond question that appeared on the ballot was as follows: 

SHALL PUEBLO SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 60 DEBT BE INCREASED $218.25 MILLION, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF UP TO $359.5 MILLION, AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED BY UP TO $19.5 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF REPAIRING, IMPROVING, CONSTRUCTING, EQUIPPING AND OTHERWISE UPDATING SCHOOL FACILITIES WITHIN THE DISTRICT AS MONITORED BY A CITIZENS’ BOND ADVISORY COMMITTEE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

ADDRESSING CRITICAL NEEDS AT FOUR DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOLS BY MAKING PRIORITY REPAIRS, UPGRADES AND SECURITY ENHANCEMENTS TO CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL, AND CONSTRUCTING AND EQUIPPING TWO NEW HIGH SCHOOLS FOR CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL AND EAST HIGH SCHOOL WITH EXPANDED CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM SPACE, MODERN CLASSROOMS, AND EXPANDED ACCESS TO NEW TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUTERS; AND
ADDRESSING CRITICAL HEALTH, SAFETY AND SECURITY CONCERNS IN OTHER DISTRICT BUILDINGS, AND PROVIDING UPDATED SAFETY AND SECURITY SYSTEMS AND OTHER PRIORITY REPAIRS AND UPGRADES; 
BY THE ISSUANCE AND PAYMENT OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS WHICH SHALL BEAR INTEREST, MATURE, BE SUBJECT TO REDEMPTION, WITH OR WITHOUT PREMIUM, AND BE ISSUED AT SUCH TIME, AT SUCH PRICE (AT, ABOVE OR BELOW PAR) AND IN SUCH MANNER AND CONTAINING SUCH TERMS, NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THIS BALLOT ISSUE, AS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY DETERMINE; SHALL AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES BE LEVIED WITHOUT LIMIT AS TO THE MILL RATE NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THE COST PARAMETERS SET FORTH ABOVE AND IN AN AMOUNT SUFFICIENT IN EACH YEAR TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF, PREMIUM IF ANY, AND INTEREST ON SUCH DEBT AND TO FUND ANY RESERVES FOR THE PAYMENT THEREOF; AND SHALL ANY EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH TAXES AND SUCH BONDS (REGARDLESS OF AMOUNT) CONSTITUTE A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE; AND IN CONNECTION WITH THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS SHALL THE DISTRICT’S DEBT LIMIT BE ESTABLISHED AT 6% OF THE ACTUAL VALUE OF THE DISTRICT’S TAXABLE PROPERTY AS PERMITTED BY LAW?

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