MSD settles most plans for next year; cuts still being made

MEEKER I The trustees of Meeker School District RE-1 (MSD) finalized the four-day school week calendar for FY 2014-15, received financial support from special taxing districts, made a $70,000 cut to the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and plans to make another 10 percent in cuts where they can. Superintendent Mark Meyer projected nearly […]

Letter to the Editor: School funding woes affect all residents

Dear Editor: As a community, Meeker is sitting at a crossroads. We are about to decide if we are going to support a mediocre school district or strive for a great school district. We find ourselves with a huge budget shortfall and no acceptable way to make enough budget cuts to cover this.

Meeker School Board ponders budget, may use carry-over funds

MEEKER I The Meeker School District RE-1 (MSD) Board of Education Board held two work sessions last week to discuss next year’s budget.

Complaints heard, but MSD board to face painful cuts in budget

MEEKER I The Meeker School District (MSD) Re-1 Education Board will have a work session April 30 followed by a special executive session during which employee contracts are subject to renewal and teachers and principals will be evaluated. Decisions must be made during the board meeting, after the executive session.

Meeker set to drop high school band and family sciences classes

MEEKER I The Meeker School District RE-1 (MSD) Board of Trustees is considering not filling key teacher positions for music and consumer/family sciences.

MSD Board votes for four-day school week

MEEKER I Come the fall of this year, Meeker School District (MSD) RE-1 will join Rifle, Rangely and at least 80 other Colorado school districts in adopting a four-day school week.

Tom Allen named to fill vacant seat on Meeker School Board

Tom Allen

MEEKER I Tom Allen was selected last week to replace Dan Chinn on the Meeker School District RE-1 (MSD) Board of Education.

MSD joins other state districts, wants ‘negative factor’ tossed

MEEKER I The Meeker School District RE-1 (MSD) Board of Education approved a resolution March 4 calling on the Colorado General Assembly and the governor to remove the negative factor in school financing.

Superintendents seek more K-12 funds; local surveys returned

MEEKER I Mark Meyer, superintendent of Meeker School District RE-1 (MSD) and 167 other Colorado superintendents endorsed a letter to the Colorado General Assembly and Gov. John Hickenlooper to express, “shared concerns regarding the extreme state of inadequate funding for Colorado’s public schools.”

JBC may assist with $476,366 of MSD’s funding shortfall

MEEKER I On Jan. 28, the Colorado State Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee (JBC) refined its decision to cover mid-year shortfalls for three rural school districts in the state, including Meeker, DeBeque and Pawnee.

Forum on MSD funding fuels many ideas to help with shortfall

MEEKER I A large group of district officials, board members, community members, teachers and parents attended the public forum held by the Meeker School District on Thursday night at Meeker High School to gather ideas on how the district should deal with a budget shortfall of more than $1 million.

Joint Budget Committee to help MSD with deficit

MEEKER I Meeker School District and two other rural Colorado school districts were promised aid from the state Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee (JBC) to fix reductions in their mid-year funding.