Clear Creek school board briefs

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/10/22

School district staff raises approved, Building 103 space and more

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Clear Creek school board briefs

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School district staff raises approved

Staff in the Clear Creek School District will get one-time payments in addition to pay increases in the 2022-23 school year.

The school board on June 9 approved contracts with the Clear Creek County Education Association for both the teachers and classified staff. The teachers union still must ratify the contracts.

Teachers will get a 6.75% pay increase plus a step increase and a one-time payment of $1,800. Classified staff will get a 7.75% increase, plus a step increase and a $1,800 one-time payment.

In addition, the administration staff will see 5% pay increases, and the school board voted to give Superintendent Karen Quanbeck a 5% pay increase.

With the pay increase, a new teacher in the district with a bachelor’s degree and no experience will make $41,611 plus the $1,800 one-time payment.

The raises are not as much as the teachers originally asked for. In March, the union asked the school board for a 15% wage increase to provide them with a wage that would allow them to live in the county and would make up for the years when they received no or limited raises.

In May, the teachers asked for an 11% raise plus step increases, which equals about a 2% increase, and a $3-per-hour increase added to every level of the classified staff salary schedule. At that time, the school board offered a 6.25% increase plus a step increase for teachers, and a 7.25% increase plus a step increase for classified staff. 

District staff missed out on raises on and off over the last decade when the district didn’t have money in its budget to afford salary increases. However, the district made salary increases a priority since 2016-17, when a teacher with a bachelor’s degree and no experience had a starting salary of $32,000.

 

McHugh named to school board

Kerry Ann McHugh is joining the Clear Creek school board as the representative from District E, which is the far west end of the county.

McHugh was one of three candidates the board interviewed for the position that became open when Larry Pyers resigned.

“I was thrilled we had three amazing candidates,” said Superintendent Karen Quanbeck on June 9. “The fact that folks are willing to serve when things are not super easy in the land of education or anywhere in fact is amazing.”

Board President Sandi Schuessler said McHugh, as a longtime Georgetown resident, has a connection with the community that will be an asset to the school board.

 

Arts group wants to use Building 103 space

As the Clear Creek School District creates a new elementary school in Building 103, Clear Creek County Arts & Education hopes it will be a player in the building.

The organization, which wants to bring professional theater and dance, along with classes for students and adults, to Clear Creek County, hopes to be able to access the fourth floor of the former middle school that has a theater, band and choir rooms and more.

Scott Lupinski, a 1981 Clear Creek High School graduate, recently discussed Clear Creek Arts & Education with the school board. He said the state-of-the-art Carlson Elementary School was paramount, but he hoped the arts could come in second as the district looks at what to do with the remainder of the building.

Voters approved a $33 million bond in November with the majority of the money going to retrofit the building for an elementary school. Of the 80,000 square feet in the building, the elementary school will use about 50,000 square feet. Organizations have begun talking with district officials about uses for the remaining space.

Lupinski said when the school was opened in 1968, the superintendent wanted to try different methods to educate students, and the building was known as the Tower of Learning.

“Perhaps we can revive and revitalize what is happening on the fourth floor,” he said, noting that the group would like a professional theater company to perform in the summer, drawing more tourists to Idaho Springs and the county. The rest of the year would be classes and local theater productions.

“Imagine a place where aspiring students in the arts … display paintings on the walls of the buildng while other students are taking dance, music and acting lessons,” Lupinski told the school board. “This could become the Guggenheim of the West.”

The school board has not made any decisions on other tenants for the building.

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