Trinidad School District No. 1 Board of Education met Wednesday, March 24 to hear a number of items including student honors, fourth quarter principle reports and updates on the BEST Grant.

Three students – Bryn Sears, Madison Taylor and Savannah Lee all received scholarships for their post-secondary education. Sears, who plans to attend Colorado School of Mines received the Ninetta Davis Scholarship; Taylor was dubbed a University of Denver Provost Scholar; while Lee, who plans to attend Colorado State University, received the Mary John Goree Las Animas County Scholarship.

“They’re resourceful, resilient and respectful, and they each possess a ‘can do’ spirit with a solid foundation of problem solving, critical thinking and leadership skills,” said Ashleigh Ackerman, a counselor at Trinidad High School.

Principals from all three Trinidad schools gave fourth quarter reports concerning how students are learning with a mixed-school model.

At Fishers Peak Elementary, which has an enrollment of 354 students, approximately 93 percent of the student population are learning in-person at least part of the week. There were 164 students studying in the Monday and Wednesday cohort. Among the Tuesday and Thursday cohort there were 168 in-person learners. The school has as of Tuesday afternoon 23 fully remote learners.

Trinidad Middle School has not changed its mixed-learning schedule from quarter three to quarter four.

The number of students in-person has been growing, said Trinidad Middle School principal Deana Pachelli at Wednesday night’s meeting.

She said that parents and families were hesitant at first because of the rising COVID-19 numbers locally, but that once parents saw the difference it makes, they were more comfortable with the hybrid model. Pachelli added that TSD1 put in place multiple health practices at its schools in response to the pandemic.

There are 151 students learning in-person under the hybrid model with 81 students fully remote, according to school data shared with the Board of Education. These numbers can change because TMS allows students to change their learning preference once per a quarter.

Trinidad High School has 115 in-person learners attending school four days a week with 194 students learning remotely four days a week.

THS principle Chuck Smithey had multiple updates to share with the board.

The senior class is excited about its ceremony in May, said Smithey. He said that the school will follow guidance from the county health department for holding the graduation ceremony. 225 people could attend the ceremony if it is held in the gym, while 250 people could attend it if it outdoors. He said that as of March 30 they were considering holding it outside with a livestream.

Smithey said that no students from outside the district would be permitted to attend the prom this year, but that it is open to all THS juniors and seniors. The prom will be held May 1 at THS.

Jeff Roybal, TSD1 facilities manager, presented the board with updates to the renovations at Trinidad Middle School being completed in part by the BEST Grant.

Roybal informed the board that the IT room had been moved to the basement, the boiler and pumps are running, and all the wall lockers have been painted with electro-static paint to look “modern.”

The third and second floor are having fire alarms installed, the carpeting has been completed on the third floor, the atrium entrance doors have been replaced, the lower south auditorium doors near the auto shop have been replaced as well.

He said that the first floor still needs a lot of work and that outside work will become a priority once the weather changes to more favorable construction weather.

“The weather has really slowed down progress for the outside,” said Roybal.

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