Elementary/Middle School Program

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

December 10, 2018

Dear RE-1 School Board,

We would like to thank you for the ongoing support and transparency you have offered Children’s Kiva Montessori Elementary/Middle School (E/M S), especially over the last three months. It has been a difficult time for our school due to a wide variety of factors. We want to take this opportunity to provide you with the information and efforts that have been made during this time.

The E/M S Board received letters of concern on September 28th, October 9th, October 15th, October 22nd, and November 9th. The school has taken the following actions to address each of the Districts concerns:

Financial:

Director/Leadership:

Grievance:

Health/Safety:

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Special Education and Academic Performance:

Facilities:

Given the extent of the many extenuating circumstances that we have faced, we ask you to consider the many efforts we have made to remedy each and every one as they have occurred. Our students and staff have modeled incredible resilience and perseverance. As the urgency of the matter has become apparent, the response from the large majority of our community of families has been a resounding “We need and deserve more time. The Community needs this school.”

Continue to hold us accountable but let us model for the Montezuma-Cortez community that we can be creative and truly collaborative in developing a plan that addresses the RE-1 School Board’s concerns and also acknowledges and validates the need for choice and desire for alternative educational settings that gave rise to the Kiva E/M S program in the first place.

We understand your concerns about our school and our current obstacles. We have provided this letter in hopes that your Board will take all of these efforts into consideration as you discuss our school and it’s future. We hope that we can continue to work collaboratively toward a meaningful resolution that meets the needs of all of our students.

Sincerely,

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