CSDB BOARD OF TRUSTEES
REPORTS FROM STUDENT PROGRAMS
On Campus Academic Programs/Student Services
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was performed by the elementary and middle school students from the School for the Deaf April 27. JJ the Mime also performed following the student performance. Families, staff and community members enjoyed the performances, with approximately 400 in attendance.
- On May 2, several School for the Deaf high school students attended “A Day at the Capitol” in Denver hosted by the Colorado Association for the Deaf (CAD).
- The Karen Ortega-Sedlar Memorial Goalball Tournament was held May 3. Three teams, a male student team, a female student team, and a faculty team competed in the tournament. The male student team took first place.
- The School for the Blind Spring program, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, occurred May 17 in the gym. It was well attended and well received.
- Academic Awards and Promotions Assemblies took place Wednesday, May 18, for students within the School for the Deaf. Six students were promoted to middle school and 13 students were promoted to high school. The Valedictorian Scholarship was awarded to Alison O’Hara, and the Superintendent’s Scholarship was awarded to Chelsea Elstad.
- Academic Awards were also presented to students within the School for the Blind Wednesday, May 18. The Salutatorian Scholarship was awarded to Carlos Ramirez.
- Team building activities were provided for high school students within the School for the Deaf. The theme for the day was Portfolio Building for Summer Learning. Students left for the summer with individualized literacy and numeracy activities for the summer break.
- The annual School for the Blind talent show was held May 19. Students presented songs, poetry, and dancing for the enjoyment of their peers.
- Staff associated with the Early Literacy Development Initiative (ELDI) worked throughout the school year to discuss the future needs of the program. The staff members discussed the current issues related to budgeting and determined there need to be parameters in place to clarify the projects under the ELDI “umbrella”. New guidelines that will change the eligibility for families participating in the in-home services have been developed and disseminated to parents. The guidelines will put a two year in-home service limitation on services for the Integrated Reading Project (IRP) and the Shared Reading Project (SRP). Further clarification will be achieved through aligning the ages for eligibility for IRP with the birth to three eligibility for the Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP) and delineating the ages of students participating in SRP to be those families with children who are above the age of three.
- The year ended for the “Families Together” program with a meeting with Tanni Anthony, CDE Vision Consultant, talking to the parents about the impact of Cortical Vision Impairment. Seven parents of children with vision loss attended the program.
- The athletic banquet took place in the gym for the first time ever! The remarks given by students and parents about having the banquet in the gym were very positive. Al Whitt, a long time teacher at CSDB, was our guest speaker. He pointed out that being involved with athletics would help the athletes improve their general lifelong skills. Athletes Bryant Smith, Dominic Lopez, Chelsea Elstad, and Alison O’Hara were in the spotlight for their athletic accomplishments. Ashley Fejeran was named by the Colorado Association for the Deaf (CAD) for the best student-athlete (higher than 3.5 GPA and 3-sport participation).
- Sam Blake once again hosted the annual BBQ for dorm students/staff and also for parents and day students. It was amazing to see a group of approximately 150 people go to the Sky Sox baseball game after the barbecue. The students had a good time interacting with parents, staff, and friends, watching the game and enjoying snacks! Sam, the BBQ guy, was touched by us thanking him at the end of the game for doing this for 29 years!
- Bryant Smith, Bryan Ortiz and Stephan Lilly from the high school track team qualified for the state competition in Denver. Bryant (Senior) placed 2nd and 3rd in the 100 and the 200. Bryan (Sophomore) got 6th place in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 17.17. Stephan (Senior) threw 40’11” in the shot put and placed 6th.
- The dorm groups were busy wrapping-up the school year with such activities as field day, dorm outings, Literacy Around the Clock (LAC) tasks, PBIS carnival, final exam preparations and more. The BtL students hosted the carnival and about 100 students participated in the fun-filled activities (face painting, minute-to-win-it games, etc.). The seniors had three days of activities planned during the final week of school.
- The students in Brown 1N and 1S made a few special arrangements to perform songs and skits for the residents at the Unions Printers home, to visit an exquisite garden at a home in the Broadmoor and to make centerpieces for the Employer Appreciation Breakfast.
REPORTS FROM SUPPORT SERVICES
- The Governor signed the Long Bill for FY11-12 on May 6, and we have booked it into the state financial system (COFRS). There were no further changes to the Long Bill from the previous report. We still do not have a total for the POTS transfer to CSDB at this time.
- The FY11 personal services and utilities budget is in good shape, and we should be able to make the budget in operating and earned income. We may be reverting limited personal services dollars, and we are working on completing some year-end projects at this time.
- The reconciliation for the Office of State Planning & Budget (OSPB) was completed which is the first step in preparing the FY13 budget. No line item was added for the D-11 scale pay increase because we are not aware of what they will be at this time.
- Currently, there are nine known non-classified/at-will (faculty, professional service providers) vacancies to be filled for the 2011-2012 school year.
- There are four current vacancies for classified positions to be filled (requests to fill vacancies have been granted). Additionally, there are eight current or upcoming vacancies for classified positions that will be filled (anticipate that requests to fill vacancies will be granted).
- Nationwide recruiting continues for the current or anticipated vacancies listed below. A very good response has been received relative to numbers of employment inquiries and applications.
- Program Coordinator, School for the Blind
- Program Coordinator, School for the Deaf (K-8th Grade)
- Transition Teacher – Employability Center (anticipated vacancies for SY 2011-2012)
- Vocational Education Teacher – Employability Center
- Teacher of the Visually Impaired (anticipated vacancies for SY 2011-2012)
- Teacher of the Deaf (possible vacancies for SY 2011-2012)
- Human Resources staff participated in the following:
- A workers’ compensation training seminar presented by the State Office of Risk Management; and,
- A benefits open enrollment meeting for Benefits Administrators (in preparation for the Benefits Open Enrollment period).
- The State of Colorado Benefits Open Enrollment period was April 20 – May 23, 2011, for the benefits plan year July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. This was a mandatory open enrollment period (also called a positive enrollment) which means that employees must participate in order to have medical and dental insurance benefits as of July 1, 2011. Human Resources staff assisted numerous staff on an individual basis, resulting in 100% participation by CSDB staff who are eligible for benefits and who wanted benefits through the State.
- The furniture and audio/visual packages for the Gottlieb Building renovation are in progress.
- The Electrical Upgrade Phase III project had a mandatory walk-through June 3, and the project will go out to bid June 15.
- There are numerous activities occurring in campus buildings this summer to include cleaning, repair, general maintenance, and roof repair.
- Remodeling is occurring in the Bulldog Activity Center of the gym and in the Argo dormitory area used by interns.
- Air-handling unit repairs are occurring in the Early Education Center.
- April 21, 2011 - KKTV 11 News – “Colorado Kids Hunt For Easter Eggs - - By Sound” featured the egg hunt at CSDB in partnership with the Qwest Telephone Pioneers.
- April 22, 2011 - USAFA Academy Spirit – “Students study behavioral sciences with cadets” featured students from CSDB during their visit to USAFA.
- May 1, 2011 – The Gazette– “Let the Sounds, Smell, Slop Rule” featured students at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo during Sensory Safari, an outreach program for young children who are blind or visually impaired.
- May 5, 2011 – Public Education & Business Coalition released information about CSDB as a recipient of the 2011 Qwest Teachers & Technology grant.
- May 7, 2011 – The Gazette – “Teachers get sense of impairment” featured attendees at the Orientation and Mobility conference as they learned to maneuver power chairs onto a city bus.
- May 20, 2011 – KRDO TV 13 aired a story concerning a confidential student issue at CSDB.
- June 2011 – Deaf Life magazine included an article on Dominic Lopez, student in the School for the Deaf, and Rich Williams, assistant coach of the boys’ basketball team, about Dominic’s participation on the Colorado All-Star Basketball team. Deaf Life magazine is distributed nationally.
- Spring 2011 - What’s Happening Out There (WHOT) published information about the Family Learning Retreat, the Orientation and Mobility Conference, the upcoming Colorado Sports Education Camp and Independent Living Skills class, updates from the School for the Blind, the CIMC, and the CSDB Outreach Strategic Plan