Dr. Keith Owen
A Message from our Superintendent
Welcome back Owls, Trojans, Wolves, Eagles, Trojans, Wolves, Lions, Cougars, Mountain Lions, Bobcats, Cowboys, Alligators and Mighty Panthers!
A large contingent of our staff worked hard all summer to get buildings ready to open. As I’m sure you know, we had some maintenance setbacks with hail and other weather that caused some unpredicted emergencies to take priority over the rest of the to do list. I hope you’ll have some patience as we work through the repairs and the everyday, annual projects that all need to get done. I hope you’ll join me in thanking and recognizing our classified and administrative staff who dedicated their summers to making sure buildings and classrooms were safe and ready to open this fall.
I am very excited that this fall we get to open the first phase, academic wing of the new Fountain Middle School to students and staff! This is a multi-phase project that will bring with it much more space and amenities, but we are proud of the work accomplished thus far by the maintenance team, general contractor and sub contractors.
This fall, residents in the state of Colorado faces a unique opportunity to rewrite the course of education funding in this state. If you hadn’t been following, I wanted to make you aware of Amendment 73, also known as the Great Schools, Thriving Communities Initiative 93. Proponents have collected and submitted to the Secretary of State signatures of 180,000 registered voters from across Colorado to put the measure on the ballot this November. Overall, the initiative would raise $1.6 billion in additional, annual revenue for Colorado schools, which equates to about $1,841 per student for FFC8. There would be minimal impact to the residents of Fountain with the way the tax is structured. Earlier this spring, I know many FFC8 staff as well as educators throughout Colorado were looking for a way to improve the state of education funding in Colorado. Here’s a very real way to address staff and community concerns with education funding.
There are a lot of other great and positive changes on the horizon for our district this year. I look forward to a productive and successful school year as we work to Teach. Lead. and Transform. the students and culture of FFC8.
Dr. Keith Owen