May 10, 2017
State Board directs Huerfano School District to work with external management organization
Written determinations approved for turnaround pathways at Aurora Central High School, Hope Online Learning Academy and two middle schools in Greeley 6
DENVER - The Colorado State Board of Education during its regular meeting today directed Huerfano School District to turn over significant decision-making authority to an external management organization.
Colorado’s 2009 Accountability Act requires the board mandate specific actions to boost student academic outcomes at schools and districts with more than five consecutive years of poor performance in the state’s accountability system. Huerfano School District’s Peakview School, located in Walsenburg, has received six consecutive years with a rating of Priority Improvement.
The state board directed Huerfano School District to work with an external management entity to focus on improving school culture, recruiting and retaining teachers, professional development and academic systems. The district plans to work with Generations Schools Network as its external management organization.
As with other pathway hearings, the state board and the district representatives discussed the feasibility of other pathway options, including school closure. The state board decided to leave the option of school closure to the local school district.
State Board approves written determinations for turnaround pathways
- The board approved, with minor amendments, a final written determination directing Aurora Public Schools to implement its 2016 innovation plan with the assistance of an external management partner to bring about improvements at Aurora Central High School.
- The board approved, with minor amendments, a final written determination directing Hope Online Learning Academy to partner with an external management entity and reconstitute its governing board to drive improvements at its elementary and middle schools.
- The board approved the final written determination, with minor amendments, for an innovation plan for Prairie Heights and Franklin middle schools in Greeley 6 School District.