• Weld Re-8 school board creates boundary for Quest Academy

    Students who live within a new school boundary will get first dibs on going to the new Ken Homyak PK-8 school at 3927 York St., Dacono, when it opens in the fall.

    All other students in the Weld Re-8 School District can choose to go to the school, too, if any openings remain. The new school is expected to hold 520 students, almost triple the number currently enrolled at Quest Academy, 3100 Sweetgrass Parkway.

  • Second-graders ask city council for bike lanes

    It’s not often you see a 7-year-old speak before a city council, but even more rare is when that second-grader calls for change to his or her community.

  • Hoff wants high schoolers to buckle up, drive smart

    Car safety is an issue that hits home especially hard for Fort Lupton High School Assistant Principal Jeffrey Hoff.

    His late son, 14-year-old Gavin Hoff, died in a car accident in 2016 despite wearing his seat belt.

  • School district discusses safety committee

    In an effort to improve safety coordinating at its schools, Weld Re-8 staff is considering instituting a school safety committee. What that board will exactly look like and do, is at this point, anyone’s guess.

    “We have to be clear on the committee goals, because otherwise, everything will be tit-for-tat,” said school board member Michelle Bettger.

  • Butler and Middle School construction price tag: $5.2 million

    Butler Elementary School and Fort Lupton Middle School are scheduled to receive $5.25 million in upgrade work – including safety upgrades – this summer. 

    The Weld Re-8 school board recently approved a $5,254,910 guaranteed maximum price tag for work that’s expected to include new flooring, roofing, masonry, plumbing and painting at both schools. The money comes from a $48.6 million capital bond approved by voters in 2016.

  • Tardy school audit finally complete

    An audit being performed for the Weld Re-8 School District is finally near completion - and it’s only three months late.

    In response, the school district plans to file a complaint with the Colorado Board of Accountancy in an effort to get Auditor Steven Plutt’s accountant license revoked. Plutt is the one who filed the audit after the deadline.

    “That’s up to them to decide to do that. I obviously don’t agree with it but it’s their decision to make,” said Plutt.

  • Kitchen workers, students, unhappy with food service

    Some students at Fort Lupton High School complain that the food is bland and unappetizing.

    “There was actually a piece of pizza, it was still frozen from the top,” said Alondra Flores, a junior. “And their milk, we drink them, and some (cartons) say expired on that date we get them.”

  • Middle school students walk out against school shootings

    More than 200 Fort Lupton Middle School students walked out of school Wednesday, March 14, in response to a school shooting Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, that took the lives of 17 victims.

    Fort Lupton High School held a memorial ceremony last week. 

    An estimated 185,000 people around the United States were expected to walk out March 14 to honor those who lost their lives and to express a desire for change to end school shootings. Students and others at three School District 27J middle schools in Brighton also held walk outs March 14.

  • State mock trial event calls on Fort Lupton HS

    Fort Lupton High School's mock trial team is heading for Greeley this weekend to participate in the state-level competition.

    It's the first time the Bluedevils qualified for the event.

  • Community weighs in on school safety

    Across the country, Americans are discussing whether or not teachers should be armed, after a 19-year-old killed 17 people in a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida Wednesday, Feb. 14.