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DCSD reworking pay schedules to meet minimum wage requirement

When Colorado voters approved a new minimum wage law in 2016, they probably didn't consider how that could affect the state's school districts. After two work sessions, the Delta County Board of Education continues to grapple with how best to adjust employee pay schedules to meet the $12 per hour minimum wage requirement by January 2020.

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Vision Charter contract renewed

Vision Charter Academy will operate for another four years after the Delta County School District board approved a new contract. Delaine Hudson, district liaison, said a lot of negotiation and work with attorneys went into the contract, although it is substantively the same as the prior contract.

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DHS speech team plans major fundraiser

Since November, the Delta High School speech team has competed all over Colorado, and has brought home dozens of trophies in various events. Now, at last, you will have the opportunity to actually see what has impressed judges about these wonderfully talented young men and women!

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Students explore health careers
Students explore health careers

A career in the medical field is not restricted to patient care, students learned during a Health Careers Symposium last week.

During a panel discussion, Rhonda Katzdorn, a human relations professional from Delta County Memorial Hospital, explained that the hospital and its clinics offer 230 different positions, from IT to maintenance to laboratory personnel.

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3 DHS students qualify for national speech competition
3 DHS students qualify for national speech competition

Delta High School has three national qualifiers in speech and debate. The national competition will be held in Birmingham, Ala., this summer.

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Cross-country skiing with a dose of grit

Grit might best describe the essence of a young student's first cross-country skiing. Throughout the winter, hundreds of Delta County students gripped their ski poles, as they shuffled their skis and peered down the snowy path of possibility and adventure on their national forest.

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DI teams tasked with creative problem solving

Destination Imagination is preparing Colorado's kids to be the innovators of the future by combining the arts, sciences, and technology with creativity, teamwork and problem solving.

Teams competed in regional competition in early April to qualify for state competition in Denver this weekend.

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Pinnacol scholarship applications due April 15

The Pinnacol Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The foundation provides scholarships to children whose parents have been injured or killed in work-related accidents, regardless of insurance carrier. The application deadline is April 15.

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VFW honors student essay writers
VFW honors student essay writers

Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Post 3571 and its auxiliary recently hosted the District 11 VFW and auxiliary quarterly meeting in Delta. One of the highlights of the meeting was a banquet luncheon honoring the winning students of the Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen programs from District 11.

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VCA students sharpen their test-taking skills

Over the past three weeks, nearly 100 Vision Charter Academy (VCA) learners, across three campuses, have participated in Test Prep Winter Carnivals hosted by the VCA staff and Vanguard Parent Association. Through the course of the event, learners rotated stations sharpening skills for the upcoming CMAS, SAT and Dibels tests this spring.

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Procrastinators weigh their options at college, job fair
Procrastinators weigh their options at college, job fair

Graduation is just three months away, but some Delta High School seniors are still undecided about post-graduation plans. To provide direction, DHS hosted a "Procrastinator's Fair" that featured six four-year and vocational colleges, as well as the opportunity to explore careers in the military, mechanics, health, emergency services, engineering, construction trades and more.

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Teachers, principals get high marks

Performance reports for Colorado teachers and principals released to the public for the first time show the majority of educators in Delta County received evaluation ratings of "effective" or higher.

A total of 88 percent of Colorado teachers and 98 percent in Delta County -- received an overall rating of "effective" or "highly effective" according to the metrics released by the Colorado Department of Education.

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