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December 5, 2013
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Four Aurora citizens were sworn in as Aurora Public Schools Board of Education members on Dec. 3. Amber Drevon, Eric Nelson and Barbara Yamrick are joining the APS Board. JulieMarie Shepherd returns for a second term. They will join Board members Dan Jorgensen, Mary Lewis, and Cathy Wildman.
The Board also elected new officers. JulieMarie Shepherd will serve as the new Board president, Cathy Wildman as vice president, Dan Jorgensen as treasurer and Mary Lewis as secretary.
Please join us for a community reception to welcome new Board of Education members to Aurora Public Schools.
The reception takes place on:
Tuesday, Dec. 17
Aurora Public Schools continues to experience enrollment growth, especially at elementary and P-8 schools. Based on projected enrollment growth over the next four years, APS is anticipating facility challenges due to overcrowded schools. As a result, the district has considered several options to address enrollment growth, with a focus on schools near the E-470 corridor that are experiencing high growth.
After carefully considering several options to address enrollment growth, the APS Leadership Team is recommending a combination of new construction, additional mobile classrooms and strategic boundary adjustments to address capacity challenges.
As part of the engagement and decision-making process, APS has enrollment growth and capacity information with stakeholder groups, including staff, district committees and parents. APS also held two community meetings to present information and obtain verbal and survey feedback. The district collected 51 surveys, with all respondents expressing support for the Leadership Team recommendations. Community feedback will be incorporated into the decision-making process.
The APS Board of Education considered considered enrollment growth and school capacity information at the November and December Board meetings. The Board will provide direction on next steps on Dec. 17.
The students and staff at William Smith High School don’t run from challenges, and their determination to overcome obstacles has not gone unnoticed.
The MetLife Foundation and National Association of Secondary School Principals recently named William Smith a 2014 Breakthrough School. The award recognizes middle and high schools across the country for their strong academic success in the face of challenges that result from high student poverty rates. William Smith has shown continuous growth on state assessments during at least the last three years and made progress toward reducing the achievement gap.
As one of nine schools to earn the award, which includes a $5,000 grant from the MetLife Foundation, NASSP will officially recognize William Smith at the organization’s Ignite 2014 Conference in Dallas in February.
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Created on October 11th, 2013 | Last updated on December 5, 2013