Cañon City Schools Administration Office
Superintendent - George Welsh
Address: 101 N 14th St
Phone Number: 719-276-5700
At the Cañon City School District our vision is Learning for life! We believe what a child experiences in school each day must be highly relevant to their future success. We strive to achieve this by attracting and retaining the most amazing people in education, and offering parents a variety of choices in education models. Whatever the educational delivery method, our people operate from the core belief that with our support EVERY child is capable learning, growing, and realizing their true potential. In an effort to fully realize this vision we are focusing on three major improvement initiatives this year.
At the kindergarten through 5th grade level we will be implementing a Colorado Early Literacy grant during the next three years. This allows us to purchase, train, and support teachers to effectively use updated reading resources. However, we know books alone do not teach our children. Thus, our greatest effort will focus on supporting teachers to grow in their use of a variety of reading instruction and intervention strategies. Thanks to our grant, a newly hired district literacy coordinator will guide five literacy coaches in supporting staff to use Journeys reading materials and newly acquired Lindamood-Bell whole group and small group intervention strategies. Why is this important work at the top of our to-do list? We realize ensuring each child can read at or above grade level as early possible allows them to fully access our curriculum, to fully participate in learning activities and, most importantly, to leave school each day with the tools needed to continue to lean and grow in their personal areas of interest on their own time.
Our future focus for grades 6-12 is the implementation of a career pathways model aimed at helping our students fully achieve new Colorado graduation standards. Cañon City High School principal Bill Summers is already putting into practice outstanding ideas created by our Cañon 2020 committee during the past several years. Doing so will offer every student the opportunity to explore their strengths and weaknesses and areas of personal interest. CCSD secondary educators will guide students to explore careers, while creating instructional pathways fully relevant to what each student dreams to become. 2016-17 will be a planning year on this front. Our grade 6-12 teachers will meet in Professional Learning Communities, working hard to develop processes needed to make it possible for the Cañon City High School Class of 2021, and all following cohorts, to have the opportunity to fully experience a personalized pathways learning model.
Our final area of focus this year is engaging the greater Cañon City Schools community in developing long term solutions to help repair and upgrade many of our aged facilities. An outstanding learning experience begins the moment a child walks through the doors of his or her school building. The unfortunate reality we face is, as a result of Father Time and a decade of steep funding cuts, we have fallen behind on our ability to maintain buildings at a world class level. We have already determined our schools are in need of significant structural, roofing, and water delivery system repairs. Add to this a desire to upgrade school entry and surveillance security, and the current price tag comes to the neighborhood of 12 million dollars. Colorado’s School Finance Act was not designed to provide districts with funding to tackle such expensive work. As a result, our board of education has charged the CCSD administration with conducting a community engagement and exploration process to determine which facilities we will continue to maintain and how we might get the greatest bang for the buck as we seek to remedy these issues. The interests we are using to guide these decisions include making sure we are able to implement an effective instructional model, that if we make a decision to abandon a current facility we will have a plan for the future of that property, that we are able to maintain all our current neighborhood elementary schools if at all possible, and that if we have to move students from one building to another we will transition to doing so in a careful and thoughtful manner. The board of education will be considering many options throughout the year, and invites all community members to engage by attending its meetings, offering comments and opinions, and helping us to arrive at the best possible solution going forward.
We here in the Cañon City Fremont County RE-1 School District look to these challenges placed before us as opportunities to become better. We thank you for trusting us with your children and welcome you to a another great school year!
George S. Welsh
Superintendent of Schools