School board offers emotional thanks for COVID help

Board, county commissioners tear up in talking about collaboration during COVID-19 pandemic

Liam Adams
ladams@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/10/21

A celebration of Adams 12 Five Star Schools’ collaboration with local partners quickly turned emotional, to the surprise of those present. “It was truly the most overwhelming community effort …

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School board offers emotional thanks for COVID help

Board, county commissioners tear up in talking about collaboration during COVID-19 pandemic

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A celebration of Adams 12 Five Star Schools’ collaboration with local partners quickly turned emotional, to the surprise of those present.

“It was truly the most overwhelming community effort that I have ever seen,” said Lori Goldstein, Adams 12 Board of Education director, at a May 5 meeting, while tearing up.

She was followed by fellow board members and other local leaders, all of whom expressed appreciation for each other’s efforts during the pandemic to support and protect the community.

Adams 12 invited Adams County commissioners and representatives of the Thornton Fire Department, Broomfield Public Health and Environment, Kaiser Permanente, Tri-County Health Department and SCL Health to thank the organizations for providing guidance and assistance throughout the 2020-21 school year.

Each agency played its part, from Tri-County and Broomfield health departments giving direction on precautions to Thornton Fire Department’s work organizing a vaccine clinic for school department staff, said Adams 12 Chief Operating Officer Pat Hamilton.

Adams 12 Board Director Laura Mitchell said, “We could have never gotten as far as we gotten and kept as many people safe in our and our kids as safe as we have without all of this tremendous support.”

On the other side, Adams 12 did its part to support the wider community, such as providing free meals to children ages one to 18, said Adams County Commissioner Emma Pinter.

Pinter also had good things to say about district staff and the board.

“You held us together, you kept us safe, you served anyone who needed help without question,” she said. “You serve our students with a grace and determination that I cannot express enough gratitude for.”

Budget update

Also, during the May 5 board meeting, district staff updated the board on projections for the 2021-22 budget.

As of May 5, the district estimates that its total revenue in the general fund, minus total projected spending, will be $4.3 million to $3.7 million higher for the 2020-21 school year, said Chief Financial Officer Suzie DeYoung. In addition, the district anticipates having an increase of $37.5 million in revenue that can be used for one-time payments, most of which is federal relief funding. from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Though it’s a steep increase in revenue for one-time payments and Superintendent Chris Gdowski said the district wants to be mindful of its spending.

“I think this three-year window we have around these funds allows us to be a lot more careful, thoughtful and strategic in how we spend funds,” Gdowski said, referring to the spending deadline set by the American Rescue Plan Act.

The numbers DeYoung presented to the board are just estimates since the district is still waiting for the Colorado General Assembly to pass the Public School Finance Act in mid-May, the CFO said. After that happens, district staff will present a draft budget to the board.

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