Check-In with Ms. Kovalesky (09/02/22)

Check-In with Ms. Kovalesky

Greetings, STEM Families!

Can you believe that we’ve been in school for four weeks? It has been so great having our students back with us and it’s been even better getting into a normal routine quicker than I’ve ever seen.

I want to express a BIG Thank You to our parents for all that they’ve done to help us launch the school year. From signing up to volunteer, donating items on our teachers’ Wish Lists, getting into the rhythm of driveline and so much more.

It really does take a village to make our school run and I am happy that you all are part of the village with me.

Your STEM Leadership and Administration teams have already accomplished so many things in just four weeks, but we have much more work to do.

I wanted to touch on two topics with all of you that are important for all of us.

MLO/Bond for Douglas County

I want to let you know that at its monthly meeting in August, the DCSD Board of Education voted unanimously to place a $60M Mill Levy Override and $450M Bond on the November 2022 ballot. All seven board members expressed their strong support and personal dedication to our students and our staff. There was also a lot of support and unity among community members that provided public comment – even community members that typically have opposing viewpoints came together in support of additional funding for our school district. The Board also unanimously adopted a compensation resolution that will automatically trigger if the MLO passes.

I wanted to provide our families with direct access to the District’s MyDCSD Future Funding Needs webpage, which has all of the information nicely organized.

Staffing for the 2022-23 School year

I wish I could share better news, but the staffing shortage in education has not improved, and STEM has not been immune to the impacts of being short-staffed. We are doing everything we possibly can, thinking outside of the box and even developing innovative alternatives where we can. Our openings are posted on all major job boards in education and among industry leaders, and we’ve also partnered with a recruiting firm to assist as well.

I want to be as transparent with our community as possible so that together we can work to overcome these challenges and find the right people to support our children. Below are the current teaching job openings that we have, and I hope that our community will support our recruitment efforts.

  • 4th-grade Teacher (currently being filled by a retired, long-term substitute teacher)
  • Engineering Teacher
  • Spanish Teacher (Scheduled to return 9/12/22)
  • English Teacher (Interview conducted this week)
  • K-8 Dean (Interviews scheduled for next week)
  • Instructional aides needed K-5 and Secondary
  • In-House Substitutes

We also have openings on our Student Support Services Team.

There are several ways in which you can help us spread the word, including sharing our “Now Hiring” post on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram)

If you know individuals who are retired teachers or work in related industries that might be interested in joining our STEM team, please refer them to our STEM Employment page.

I am so honored to serve our community in this leadership capacity and I look forward to partnering with you to ensure our students Never Stop Innovating.

Thank you,

LynAnn Kovalesky, STEM Executive Director

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