Like many of the state's 178 school districts, BVSD is bracing for tough financial times.
Staring in January and going though December of 2009, Whole Foods Market stores within the BVSD territory will redirect all funds collected through their reusable bag donation program to the School Food Project.
Jones thanked the district-wide community in general, singling out other key community partners Impact on Education, the Boulder County Farmers' Market, the Growe Foundation, Vermillion, The Fresh Ideas Group, and the Culinary School of the Rockies as well as the members of the joint district/community School Food Project Committee co-chaired by Luff and BVSD Chief Financial Officer Leslie Stafford.
Jones also pointed out that the School Food Project web page on the BVSD website was now live and capable of accepting online financial contributions.
More than 20% of students now take advantage of open enrollment to attend BVSD schools other than those assigned to them by attendance area - an unusually high percentage.
We collected data from five sources: 1) surveys of parents and educators in BVSD schools; 2) focus group discussions with this same group; 3) a follow-up survey of principals; 4) a random telephone survey of BVSD parents; and 5) statistical records on open enrollment, test scores, demographics, funding, and fund-raising.
The BVSD Department of Research and Evaluation supplied most of the statistical records.
Well-known as a technology leader among Colorado school districts, BVSD is upgrading its network infrastructure with advanced security measures including individual Active Directory accounts for every student enabling the district to offer email accounts to all elementary, middle and high school students assuming parental permission.
BVSD consists of 55 schools serving 11 Colorado communities.
Although the BVSD MIS shop has supported the infrastructure build-up, their knowledge in UNIX system administration is extremely limited.
To train in-school contact people, BVSD is designing a course that covers simple installation and maintenance of network software and network operation at a school level.
Note: most BVSD members currently use regular dial-up to access the Internet, so the vast majority of training has been done on command-line, character-based interfaces.