Re-8 restarts employee evaluations

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After a three-year interruption thanks to COVID-19, the Weld Re-8 School district plans to restart its employee evaluation system in the fall.

At an April 28 Weld Re-8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Alan Kaylor said the process – involving Randa Solutions Inc. – will follow state laws to evaluate district workers.

“Why are we using RANDA? We are using something the state created. It’s hard to create a system with the staff we have,” Kaylor said. “It’s an easy way to adhere to state statutes.”

Kaylor told the board the process won’t begin until sometime in September once teachers are back in school after summer vacation.

Transportation update

The number of available bus drivers in the district is down, but the number of student passengers is increasing, at least when compared to 2020-2021 numbers.

That was the word from Andrew Moore, the district’s director of operations and facilities, during a transportation presentation to the school board on April 28.

He said there are eight state-licensed drivers for district school buses and four who are certified to drive smaller district vehicles. One driver left, and another retired. Between 2017 and 2021, the district employed 11 school bus drivers.

“Eight drivers is our lowest point,” Moore said. “We can call in some reserves. We had a driver resign and two who left. Our transportation manager gave notice, and we just posted that job.”

The number of students riding school buses is more than percent larger this year than last. COVID and its restrictions pulled the numbers down to 413 students a year ago. This year, the number is 671. The high-water mark over the last five years was in the 2019-2020 school year when 770 students rode district buses.

“We have no one on a waiting list,” Moore told the board. “We try to keep our routes under one hour in length. It gets challenging for some routes.”

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