Certain school fees may be on the rise in Fort Lupton

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Fees for such things as Chromebooks and in-school meals may be increasing next year.

That was the word from Weld RE-8’s chief operating officer, Jim Roedel, during an April 14 school board study session.

There wasn’t a mention of specifics, and the board couldn’t make a decision because of the meeting’s format. Roedel said more information would be forthcoming next month.

In 2020, revenues from food service totaled more than $1 million based on 500,000 served meals.

“This is going to be a shock to parents,” Roedel told the board. “We’ve been trying to keep the price down since 2017, and we’ve always said ‘no’ to increasing the price. In May, we’ll give you an estimate on where this might land.”

SWAP

The School to Work Alliance Program, which provides services and cases management to young adults with disabilities, wants to have a footprint in the district.

At the Weld Re-8 board workshop April 14, program coordinator Joella Vallejo-Forsyth said her program takes over after the district’s career assessments and pre-employment screenings.

“SWAP takes the next step with families. It’s an important introduction to families to the services that are available while their kids are in high school,” she said. “We try to align all that so the transition from high school to adulthood is as seamless as possible.”

Funding comes from the state division of vocation rehabilitation. SWAP has contracts with local districts, such as Adams 12 in Thornton, and Academy 20 in Colorado Springs.

“In the first year, we had lots of training partners working in district classrooms, and they worked well there with the 18- to 24-year-olds,” she said. “We had a workshop where more than 50 kids attended hands-on career fairs. They learned about particular career tracks and got some of that hands-on work experience.

“We have lots of students who are ready to work this summer.”

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