Commerce City receives budget award
Commerce City recently received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The city’s finance department accepted the award which is given to government agencies that meet the highest principles of budgeting. The budget is scored on how well it serves as a policy document, financial plan, an operations guide and as a communication device.
Youngest DPS students show significant reading skills
Denver Public Schools (DPS) students in kindergarten through grade 3 posted double-digit gains on early literacy exams, as seen by the most recent Colorado READ Act assessments. Superintendent Tom Boasberg celebrated this growth with Schmitt Elementary educators, returning for their first day of the new school year. Schmitt educators’ commitment led students to a more than 25 percent increase in early literacy at the once-struggling turnaround school in Southwest Denver.“Last year, one of our students excitedly shared with me that he had reached green on Istation (a READ Act assessment), which means he was reading on grade level,” said Schmitt’s Dean of Instruction Carli Shock. “He then asked me if there was anything higher than green, because if there was, that is what he wanted to strive for. Early success fosters future success – our success is due to our dedicated, passionate and talented educators.
Santa Fe Art District names First Executive Director
Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe (ADSF), a non-profit membership organization and one of the first Certified Creative Districts in the state, is proud to announce that veteran arts leader David Carroll has been named the organization’s first Executive Director. A Colorado native, Carroll has an extensive background in the arts, having held positions as Executive Director with the Western Museum of Mining & Industry and the Albany Institute of History & Art. During his tenure at both organizations, he was able to significantly increase contributed revenue while also creating lasting relationships throughout the community. His arts leadership also includes experience at the Art Institute of Chicago, Indiana University Art Museum. “I am motivated by my personal mission to build community through the arts,” said Carroll of his 15-year arts administration background.
The Summer 2017 White House Internship Program class gathered for the first time in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. My first thought was that the West Wing was smaller than I thought it would be. If the White House was represented as organs, the West Wing would no doubt be the brain. It isn’t the biggest, but it is the main thrust behind the President’s daily work. John Soper is from Bakersfield, California, and is a junior studying Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. John is a member of the Summer 2017 White House Internship Program in the Office of Legislative Affairs.
Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Dondi Osborne’s appointment as a judge on the La Plata County Court in the 6th Judicial District. Osborne will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Martha T. Minot.Osborne currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Department of Justice in Durango. Prior to this position, Osborne served as a Deputy and Assistant District Attorney for the 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office (1997-2007). She earned her B.A. from Fort Lewis College in 1991 and her J.D. from Creighton University in 1996. Osborne’s appointment is effective Aug. 29, 2017.
Mayor Hancock Thanks City Council and Denver Residents for Partnership in Proposal Created By and For the People of Denver. Denver City Council unanimously approved the referral of seven 2017 General Obligation bond (GO bond) “This bond package represents an unparalleled opportunity to invest in our city to repair roads and bridges; improve our parks, playgrounds and rec centers; upgrade our police and fire stations; and enhance our libraries, cultural institutions and Denver Health Medical Center.”