2022-23 Budget Update

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - 3:15pm
View of graduation with balloons in foreground

More CTE, sports in grades 6-8, special ed and GT resources proposed

In addition to providing competitive compensation to attract and retain high quality staff, the Adams 12 Five Star Schools proposed budget for 2022-2023 includes priority investments in several key areas, including: the return of competitive sports in grades 6-8, expanded career and technical education opportunities, staffing for three new programs in special education, and additional support for gifted and talented students. All of these investments align to the district’s strategic plan ELEVATE, which includes the six focus areas of 21st Century Learners, Diverse Learning, Outside-the-Classroom Learning, Safe Schools, Social-emotional Learning and World-class Staff.

The Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education is scheduled to adopt next year’s budget in June. 

Competitive Sports in Grades 6-8
Our families have expressed a strong interest in competitive sports returning to our middle and K-8 schools, and we’re pleased to share that the proposed budget provides funding for this to happen. The district plans to offer cross country for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in the fall and we hope to incorporate boys and girls basketball later in the school year. 

Expanded Career and Technical Education Opportunities
Career and Technical Education, also known as FutureForward in Adams 12 Five Star Schools, continues to expand in both programming and access. 

FutureForward at Bollman has added an additional Behavioral and Mental Health teacher because of high student interest and requests for the program. Next school year, FutureForward at Washington Square plans to launch a new Sports Medicine program with science integration, as well as English courses and a Construction in Mathematics course. The Washington Square campus is also expanding staffing in their Firefighting and Welding programs in order to accommodate more students.  

Special Education Staffing
The Five Star District plans to expand services for students with significant impacts of Autism who require more frequent and intense specialized instruction in order to meet their individual needs. This includes the addition of teachers, related service staff and paraprofessionals to support students at the elementary and middle school levels.  

Additional staff has also been added throughout the district, and at each level, to meet the variety of instructional, behavioral, and mental health student needs presented post-pandemic.

Additional Support for Gifted and Talented Students
With a commitment to providing equitable access to programming, the district plans to add Gifted & Talented Advocates (GTA) in most schools. GTAs focus on accelerating student growth in the academic content areas, supporting social and emotional needs, and fostering a positive school climate and culture regarding gifted services.  

Advocates collaborate with principals and teacher leaders to develop and implement school-wide structures and initiatives in relation to the school’s specific GT Program Plan. The GTA serves as a capacity-builder, engaging with teachers to support their instruction and classroom environment.

Next Steps
There are a few key dates in the coming weeks that are associated with the Board of Education’s budget adoption process.

  • Wednesday, May 25:  2022-2023 Budget Presentation
  • Wednesday, June 1:  Public Comment on 2022-2023 Proposed Budget 
  • Wednesday, June 15:  2022-2023 Budget Adoption

Get more information on these upcoming board meetings.