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Commissioner's School Visits

Bennett, Strasburg and Deer Trail School Districts

June 2, 2009

I started my afternoon at Bennett School District where I met,

from left, High School Principal Michael Franklin,

Middle School Principal Amy Burns, Superintendent Rich

Coleman and Elementary Principal Valerie Beard.

I learned an interesting fact from Superintendent Coleman - 80 percent of Bennett's students commute from Aurora. I also learned more about the district's perceptions of the Colorado Growth Model and Standards Review process. While discussing budget and school finance, someone mentioned, "Vody Herrmann must never sleep." Herrmann is CDE's assistant commissioner of public school finance.

Teachers and administrators from Strasburg School District ask

important questions on how to better prepare their children for

college, reduce dropouts and create a better transition from

middle school to high school.


Ginia Gutierrez takes me inside her classroom to see her new

SMART whiteboard. Gutierrez teaches English, AP Literature,

Theatre Tech, Speech and Drama at Strasburg. Beginning with

the 2009-2010 school year, SMART boards will be in

most classrooms.

Deer Trail High School Principal Jeff Bollinger (left) and

Superintendent Brad Caldwell show off their indoor pool. Ninety one

out of 96 students at Deer Trail participate in extra-curricular activities.

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