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Dear St. Vrain Valley Schools Community,
It has been an outstanding start to the 2018-2019 academic year and I want to express my deep appreciation to our community for your continued partnership and support in advancing student achievement. In Colorado and across the United States, St. Vrain Valley Schools is leading the conversation on how to build a highly-successful public education system that is not only giving our students a strong competitive advantage for their future success, but also having a significant impact on the economic growth and overall health of our community.
This month we have begun our annual fall community meetings where we have been sharing our pyramid of strategic priorities with members of our community. At the foundation of our pyramid is one critical component to our ongoing success: strong district finances. In St. Vrain, our finances are the strongest they have ever been – among the best in Colorado and beyond. This is in large part due to the steady support of our community, our outstanding teachers and staff, and our excellent students, as well as a consistent and strategic approach to sound investments and financial management. St. Vrain’s high level of fiscal excellence was recently recognized by Standard and Poor's through an increase in our credit rating to AA+. Over the past decade, we have built a system that has not only created efficiencies to reduce spending, but also increased the quality of programming and opportunities throughout our schools, recruited the best teachers and staff, and greatly raised the quality of our school facilities and environments.
We believe that second only to parenting, our public schools will have the greatest impact on the future of our communities, state and nation. This is a responsibility that we take with the highest level of importance to ensure that we are delivering a world-class education to our children.
Thanks again for all of your outstanding support and I hope to see you at one of our upcoming community meetings to share more about our vision for the future and to thank you personally for what you have done to advance excellence across our system.
Don Haddad, Ed.D.
Superintendent, St. Vrain Valley Schools