Elementary/Middle School Program

601 N. Mildred Rd., Cortez, CO 81321 | 970-564-9377| kivacharter.org

February 12, 2019

Dear RE-1 School Board of Directors,

We have compiled this letter and enclosed documents to demonstrate our continuing efforts to respond to the issues identified in the Notice of Material Breach dated December 13, 2018 from Superintendent Lori Haukeness.

Following is our response to the specific areas of breach outlined therein:

Facilities Stabilization and Sustainability

Enrollment Stabilization and Sustainability

While we have not remedied all of the issues that took years to develop, we feel we have made substantial steps forward in just five months despite obstacles from varied angles. As already mentioned, this has entailed extensive board and leadership changes. Children’s Kiva Montessori Elementary/Middle School Board of Directors understands the issues that our school is currently facing. Despite the extreme challenges experienced this year, our staff, volunteers, families, students, and Board members continue to fight to rebuild so that we may educate our students through an authentic Montessori program. We all agree that students and families should have a choice when it comes to their student's education and that Montessori education is a great and desired option in our community. It would be tragic for our school to close - for this community, for our sister school, and for our staff and students. This would not be in the best long-term interests of the District, the community of the many students who continue to want Montessori education and either remain in Kiva, despite the misfortunes and mistakes of the past year, or would happily return or enroll is it became clear the District was giving Kiva a chance to continue and renew its commitment to high-quality Montessori education.  We hope each of you will consider all of the information we have presented to you.

We implore you all to allow our school to continue to operate. We ask that RE-1 School District negotiate appropriate benchmarks for enrollment later in the Spring, in the Fall or both for our school for the 2019-2020 school year and give us additional time to continue to work to remedy remaining issues. If you give us this opportunity, we pledge to continue to do everything in our power to restore the trust and fulfill the hope you placed in the Children’s Kiva Montessori when you first approved our charter.


Children’s Kiva Montessori Elementary/Middle School Board of Directors

Attachment 1: Agreement between Crow Canyon and E/M S

Attachment 2: Amended Lease

Attachment 3: Long-term Facilities Financial Plan

Attachment 4: Open Enrollment Requests

Attachment 5: Budget