• Fabyanic: CCSD commitment to excellence

    A guiding principle my University of Colorado professor Dr. John Haas instilled in me during my teacher-ed program is that schools reflect the communities in which they exist. Successful schools mirror communities that value their schools; flailing, struggling schools often do the opposite.

    In some places, a community’s commitment to its schools arises organically; in others, the community needs to be led, shown the value of their schools and its relationship with them.

  • Byerley: Spring!

    Could it be? The giant snow banks are beginning to melt, there is about three inches of mud on the road, and the birds are chirping.

    Could it finally be Spring at 10,000 feet in Clear Creek County? The thought is invigorating. Daylight saving time has left an energizing light glowing later into the day. We feel less like going home after work to shut it down and more like grabbing those trail shoes to enjoy our great outdoors.

  • Byerley: The short-term rental dance

    The City of Idaho Springs recently mailed the city updates newsletter, which included a reminder regarding the short-term rental ordinance that was passed in November. If you are operating a short-term rental in Idaho Springs proper, you’d better pay attention.

    When I called City Hall to obtain more information on the city’s plans to enforce said ordinance, I was told they’re going to begin issuing court summonses to those who are not in compliance.

  • Fabyanic: American denialism

    Over the past decade, a twin-strained school of thought has taken hold in America. Like the mythical Hydra, each strain has multiple heads, which, when lopped off, two others replace it.

  • Fabyanic: Hans Berg had a zest for life

    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

    — “Walden: Where I Lived, What I Lived For”
    by Henry David Thoreau

  • Byerley: Checkered skies and government lies

    If you look up at the skies above Clear Creek County and across the entire Denver Metro area, on nearly any given day, you can see planes flying back and forth, leaving miles of chemtrails behind them. If you look closely, they have a pinkish and sometimes greenish tint to them.

  • Byerley: Through the valley

    One of my favorite hymns is “In the Valley He Restoreth My Soul.” Lately it keeps running through my head during difficult times. It is a reminder that the valleys of life are a place to seek solace, experience healing and to live out our low points with the help of His strength and grace.

  • Fabyanic: Dog-eat-dog education

    Two recent reports dealing with education paint a grim picture of attitudes about it. Statewide, Colorado children are being compelled to attend school in squalid buildings unfit for human occupation. Nationwide, super-wealthy, socially insecure parents are cheating and lying their scions’ ways into elite colleges and universities.

    A recent Washington Post article drew national attention to Colorado’s indifference to children, especially in poorer school districts. It pointed out that statewide classroom and infrastructure needs now stand at $14 billion.

  • Fabyanic: Co-superintendents not a good idea

    Two thousand years ago, when the republic was collapsing, the Romans concocted a new leadership model: Triumvirate, a three-man team that split areas of governance. Slow to learn, they tried it twice before concluding that a leader cannot be divided. The emerging empire was thence controlled by a singular man, albeit an emperor with unlimited power.

  • Byerley: County property conundrum

    What to do with Goldigger Field and the bus barn property is quite the conundrum. On one hand, I can understand the history and nostalgia, and wanting to preserve a green space for soccer practice, the annual homecoming football game, community events and club activities.