School News Board planning meeting set for tonight

The Dolores School Board of Education is expected to meet tonight, June 26, for a policy meeting first at 5 p.m. in the Professional Development Room, 100 N. 6th St. The board will then convene for its regular meeting at 6 p.m. On the agenda is the presentation and adoption of the 2015 budget, discussion of the new gym roof, discussion of an Aug. 5 board members retreat, a construction update, principals' reports and an executive session regarding a legal issue. Board members are expected to approve the hiring of middle school social studies teacher Michael Nielson and varsity cheer competition coach Ashley Johnson. The board is also expected to approve the resignation of preschool teacher Emily Christenson, fourth-grade teacher Doug Loughry and secondary art teacher Amy Loughry. In addition, the board is expected to approve the retirement of Business Manager Karen Andrews.

How green is my garden?

Things are looking wonderful at the Dolores school garden. Megan Tallmadge has a green thumb and has been working hard this summer. Don't forget the family volunteer nights Tuesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. Tallmadge is working to get the garden ready when students return and is creating learning centers, including an outdoor oven (more information about that to come.)

Bear football looking strong

Things are reportedly going well for the Dolores High School Bears Football team over the off-season. Off-season practice attendance has doubled over last year.

Video stars

Over the past two years, students at Dolores schools have been involved in a pilot program funded through the Colorado Education Initiative, partners with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Our students participated in a Student Perception Survey. Film crews from the organization visited Dolores schools this spring and the resulting video includes many familiar faces from our Dolores students. The students look great and are well-spoken. See the video at

Students were asked to fill out the survey based on two random teachers they have. The questions focused on the classroom community, classroom management and student learning.

Students in the video said they felt that the survey made a difference in their education, and they felt their opinion was valued.


June 26: Dolores School District Board of Education meeting at 6 p.m. (policy meeting starts at 5 p.m.) in the professional development room behind the district office, 100 N. 6th St.

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Shannon Livick