Dr. Keith Owen
A Message from our Superintendent
Developing world-class learners who transition into successful contributors to society requires a positive, empowering and safe environment. That is what students, families, educators and staff experience at Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8.
At FFC8, we are on a continual path to maximize student learning at every level, from kindergarten through 12th grade. Academic excellence is our community and district’s top priority. As recently reported in The Gazette, Fountain-Fort Carson is one of the region’s eight largest school districts and has shown consistent growth and progress in English, Math and Science from 2017-2019. FFC8 was also one of only three districts in our area to increase 11th grade SAT scores.
Small class sizes, well-trained staff and a comprehensive and challenging curriculum are the foundation for our strong academic program. Together, FFC8 educators and staff prepare students with the most advanced math, science, technology and life skills. The FFC8 School Board recently approved the second phase of adopting new curriculum for all grade levels that will give teachers the resources they need for students to attain higher achievement goals.
Of utmost importance is providing safe environments for students. FFC8 takes a proactive focus on safety, including partnering with local law enforcement, training staff, students, and the community, as well as securing district facilities and improving communication. FFC8 has entered into its second school year of employing at least one School Resource Officer (SRO) at each of our campuses. Last year, the district was awarded over $1 million in a grant through the School Security Disbursement Program. The grant will help the district continue to provide two-way radios and standardize our video surveillance systems. We commit to these types of resources so children know they are safe when they come to school in FFC8.
This fall will mark the completion of the final stages of the construction of the new Fountain Middle School (FMS). This building is a premier middle school facility in the state of Colorado and an impressive addition to the Highway 85/87 corridor. Not only is the building new, but Principal Dr. Dallas and the school staff team have worked hard to ensure there is a new, positive culture at FMS that has been well-received by current and new parents to the school.
The school board continues to invest in our staff as they approved a 6% pay raise for the 2019-2020 school year. FFC8 is now the highest paying district for new teachers in El Paso County and continues to be among the top paying districts for all positions.
The 2019-2020 school year is chock full of opportunities. Personally and professionally, I am excited for a productive and successful school year. I look forward to our continued partnership with families, educators, staff, students and our communities as together we Teach. Lead. and Transform.
Dr. Keith Owen