What They Said

District 6 seminar emphasizes involvement - Tribune 13 Nov. 2005

Broderius encouraged parents to share their thoughts with the board.

"We are community schools. They are owned by you and paid for by you, so you have to say what you expect from us. If we work together, there is absolutely no end to what we could accomplish."

"Students may not need or want it"
Ranelle Lang about recess

Michael Clough (CDE Regional Manager) “The district is making gains in literacy, it won't be long before you start seeing dividends from an articulated, research-based reading program." (School Reform Earns Praise - Greeley Tribune, Nov. 14, 2006

"There's a lot of good work taking place in District Six classrooms today and I encourage community members and parents, or anyone to make an appointment sometime at a school near you to see the change in action" - (10/09/06) Renae Dreier, Superintendent, Salary $165,000

"Teachers have great flexibility and creativity; in fact they are freed from low level decisions and can now develop great creativity." From District Six Suggestion Box - Responses.

"We're not going to just stay the course, we have to live,
practice and breathe the course of change.."
Bruce Broderius - Schoolboard President

"Please, please give us a chance to make these changes permanent. I know we can do his, I know we will succeed. There will be no excuses."
Marlene Schuman - Schoolboard member

"There's nothing there that I do not agree with and
nothing that I will not support."
Jesse Quinby - Schoolboard member

"At Meeker I saw the students working in small groups, in the 90 minute literacy plan, in the 90 minute structured, very rigid program we have [mockingly intonated]. They worked in small groups, they worked individually, they worked on the mats in front of the teacher. They worked at their desks,…there was movement" - Julie Kautz - Schoolboard member

"We have stolen the best people of the state."
People say "Oh, you have taken Dr. Lang from Ft. Lupton!"
Marlene Schuman - Schoolboard member

"We're the experts, we went to college to learn how to do this"
Ranelle Lang - Assistant Superintendent of Academic Achievement.
Salary $108,740

"Hold us accountable"
"Parents need to ask "is my child learning?" - Jeff Miller
Assistant Superintendent of Academic Achievement
Salary $105,300

"We..occasionally just tweak, just a little bit, something that the superintendent might want to say" - Mark Stevens, Director of community/school relations, Salary $105,000

(Directed at Renae Dreier after her comments about the GEA teacher survey)
"Young lady, thank you for your comments"
Bob Stack - Schoolboard member.

"The Board is the voice of the people" - Ranelle Lang

"It's about the kids, not the adults"
"We have to be the adult in the situation"
Ranelle Lang

"Lunch and timing was an issue when I was a kid and it was for every one of my children. They want to get outside. That is nothing new to us here." - Jaulie Kautz

"We are focused and aligned" - Larry Kleiber
Director of Assessment, Salary $93,857

Referring to a roll call vote: "7-0. I guess that's the team!" -
Bruce Broderius

"There's some fun going on in the classrooms. Learning is supposed to be fun!" - Marlene Schuman

Bruce Broderius in response to the reauthorization of the No Child Left behind act:

"In time, 98 to 99 percent of school districts in America will be found not to have met annual yearly progress," he said, stating that the act's measurements are misleading through a long period of time.

For instance, in special education, he said, it may be possible for one-third of special education students to move from "unsatisfactory" to "proficient," as the act requires. But the probability would be "very, very marginal" for 60 percent of that group to make the same achievement in a six-year period.

The board president said much more personnel, training and funding would be necessary to reach the "equal proficiency" of all groups the law requires.

"Once the public at large understands [this]," Broderius said, "they will say, 'Wait a minute folks, this is expensive ." Whole article at http://www.greeleytrib.com/article/2007101090107

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