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Education

  • Quest Academy students sign future Ken Homyak school.

    Students from Quest Academy in Dacono sign the floor of the future art room at Ken Homyak PK-8 Academy, 3927 York St. in Dacono. Haselden Construction workers are building the $17.5 million school, which is set to open next August. 

  • Three new faces join school board

    In the hotly contested Weld Re-8 school board election, three new faces will join the board and one current member will keep her seat, according to unofficial results from the Weld County Clerk and Recorder.

  • Two employees leave school district, three others change jobs

    In the past month, two employees have left the Weld Re-8 school district and three others have changed jobs at the district administrative offices.

    To start, Superintendent Alan Kaylor recently came under fire from school board members for two separate instances where he gave new job contracts and raises to people without getting approval from the school board, which violates school district policy.

  • High School DECA and FBLA on the rise

    A record 37 members joined the Distributive Education Clubs of America group this school year at Fort Lupton High School building – mainly building on the momentum of current DECA president Sydney Trujillo.

    Trujillo said she originally got involved with the group to help her with her social skills.

  • School district pays almost $17,000 for unplanned work

    Weld Re-8 School District paid an additional $16,941 recently for construction work that took longer than expected at the new Ken Homyak Pre-k-8 Academy site near York Street in Dacono, according to school board members.

  • School district considers paying for student resource officer

    Fort Lupton Police Officer Randy Curameng travels from school to school, acting as a student resource officer to be there when students need him.

    Curameng currently is “on loan” from the police department to the school district.

  • Candidates talk growth, schools, communication at forum

    City growth, how to improve schools and how to build better relationships in the community were all hot topics at the Fort Lupton Chamber of Commerce candidate forum Wednesday, Oct. 11.

    Mayoral candidates Zo Stieber and Bob McWilliams, and Weld Re-8 school board candidates Heather Taylor, Gabriel Saucedo, Matthew Adame, Michelle Bettger, Kehle Griego, and Nalleli Valverde all spoke. School board incumbent Janice Wilkin did not participate.

    Stieber said infrastructure and land annexation are priorities she has championed for Fort Lupton.

  • Fort Lupton High School student commits suicide

    “It’s almost like she looked like a cartoon character, that’s how pretty she was,” said Fernando Martinez, as he described Ariella Richardson. “She had the prettiest eyes.”

    Martinez was friends with the Fort Lupton High School sophomore Ariella, 16, who committed suicide the morning of Monday, Oct. 9, according to her father Byron Richardson. It was her first year at Fort Lupton High School. Martinez is a student at a Greeley high school.

  • School board approves raises for two more employees

    School board members approved 15 to 20 percent raises for two business office employees after holding a 90-minute, special, closed-door meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 3.

    The two employees are expected to take on additional duties as a condition of the raises, according to Carol McDermott, school board president. However, McDermott declined to comment on the specific raise amounts, the specific added responsibilities or the employee names.

  • School district raises bus driver salaries 3 percent

    Weld Re-8 School District officials plan to pay bus drivers 3 percent more this school year as a way to try to stop driver shortages.