Dr. Keith Owen
A Message from our Superintendent
Welcome back to the start of another great school year!
District and school administrators have spent the summer and especially the last couple of weeks preparing for today and we are excited to have you back. The FFC8 administration team has seen some changes that I would like to highlight including: Mr. Clint Allison as the new Executive Director of Student Achievement, Mr. Sed Keller as the new Director for Research, Evaluation and Assessment, Mr. Joel Hamilton, the former Garrison Commander for Fort Carson who has joined us as our new Director of Human Resources, and Ashley Sportel who is new in Instructional Technology. At the school level: we welcome new administrators to the FFCHS team, Brett Derickson, Sulema James, Ryan Leaming and Keith Smith; new principal at Welte Education Center, Mr. Cito Nunn; Sarah Krider and Teresa Agey at CMS and Hazley Sutter and Brian Gasser at FMS; and at the elementary level, we welcome Megan Oleson as the new principal at Mesa, Michelle Mellinkoff as the new assistant principal at Mountainside, and Kary Davis as new assistant principal at Weikel.
I want to take a moment to recognize and thank all of the community partners we have. First and foremost, we are so appreciative of our partnership and tremendous working relationship with Fort Carson. We could not be successful for our students without the support they provide at all levels – from the Garrison, to Department of Emergency Services, the Youth Services Division and more. In town, we count ourselves equally lucky to partner with the City of Fountain and all of its departments to provide the best services we can together for students in Fountain. Thank you to the City, the Police Department, the Fire Department, Parks and Rec and more for helping us meet the needs of all students. We have other partners (too many to name) in mental health, vendors we do business with, and community organizations who all support our mission. We appreciate them all.
This year, we embark on the first year of a new five-year strategic plan. I want our community to know just how important and exciting it is to have a new set of goals and benchmarks on paper that we are looking forward to achieving for the success of our students and district. We are working on communicating more about that in ways staff and the community can follow along, including an interactive website and nice, printed booklets. This plan is a crucial guiding force in the work we do for kids day in and day out. Speaking of communication, other new vehicles on the horizon include school social media accounts where schools will be able to share student and staff success stories with their broader community, both in Fort Carson and Fountain and also around the world. We look forward to implementing the new math curriculum at the secondary level this year and watching as the academic wing of FMS is completed. Abrams Elementary is the proud recipient of a new playground thanks to a donation from The Home Depot Foundation and KaBOOM! Families on post will have almost all of their school supplies taken care of this year thanks in part to that same donation from The Home Depot Foundation, as well as a donation from the 4th Infantry Division Association in honor of the 100th Birthday of the 4ID. This year also brings many more opportunities for growth and improvement in our safety protocols and partnerships.
Overall, our district is moving in the right direction and doing a fantastic job supporting and focusing on student success. We are all in it together and I appreciate every member of our team and community. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to Fountain-Fort Carson students!
Dr. Keith Owen