Voters in Greeley-Evans School District 6 approved a property tax increase November 7 to provide additional operational dollars to District 6 schools, including six charter schools.

The measure will bring an estimated $14 million into District 6, beginning in 2018. This is the first mill levy override approved by District 6 voters. The District has attempted to secure a mill levy override two previous times: in 2009 and in 2016. This measure will sunset, or end, in 2023.

The money will be used to improve safety and security at many schools, make critical facility repairs, improve technology infrastructure and purchase additional computers to support blended learning, expand summer school opportunities, replace aging text books, hire and retain teachers and support staff, support Career Pathways and more.

“This is not only important because it brings in some much needed resources to the district, but also because it shows our community supports public education,” said Dr. Deirdre Pilch, superintendent of District 6. “We know this investment in our students will make a difference in the educational opportunities they have. We are very grateful to the voters for saying yes.”

Meeker Elementary relocated due to flood

A water main break on November 5 near Meeker Elementary School caused a surge of water to flood the school, causing the facility to be closed until at least March for needed clean up and repairs.

More than an inch of water and mud covered nearly every floor in the school, and even broke through cement floors in some areas of the school. The water damaged floors, walls, furniture and other items.

The school was closed for three days as contractors and insurance adjusters surveyed the damage. When it became evident the school could not reopen without extensive repairs, the students were moved to the nearby Generations Church, formerly the Greeley Wesleyan Church.

“The Generations Church has graciously and selflessly opened its doors temporarily to our Meeker students while we continue to make repairs at the school,” said Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “Words can’t express how grateful we are to the leadership at Generations Church and its membership for opening their hearts and their doors to our children.”

Students are learning in classrooms inside the church, as well as portable classrooms that were placed on the adjacent Greeley West High School Soccer Field. Students are still arriving at Meeker Elementary School in the morning, and then are bused to the church. Full services are being provided, including breakfast and lunch.

It is estimated the needed repairs will take until at least March to complete.

New District 6 Board members take oath of office

Three returning members and one new member took the oath of office and officially became directors of the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education Monday, November 13.

Current board members Roger DeWitt, Rhonda Solis and John W. Haefeli, and new member Michael Mathews recited and signed the oath of office at the board’s regular business meeting. Mathews is the father of five children who attend District 6 schools, and the pastor of St. Patrick’s Presbyterian Church. Greeley Municipal Court Judge Diane Knutson administered the oath.

Board members also elected officers. Roger DeWitt was selected to continue in his role as president of the board. Terri Pappas was elected vice president of the board. Both will serve two years in those roles.

Before the swearing-in ceremony, Board members had a chance to say goodbye and thank you to departing board member Steve Hall, who chose not to seek reelection. Hall has served on the board since November 2013.

The Board of Education is composed of seven members, each elected at-large for a four-year term. This year, four seats were up for election and four people ran for those seats.