Elementary/Middle School Program

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

December 18, 2018

Dear Kiva Community,

The Children’s Kiva Montessori Elementary/Middle School Board of Directors would like to provide you with the most recent information concerning the status of our Charter Contract with RE-1. Superintendent, Lori Haukeness, issued a notice to our Board stating that we are in material breach of our Charter Contract.  The Board and Administration met on Monday night in an open meeting to discuss the information provided to us by the District.

The Notice of Material Breach from RE-1 is attached below and outlines two major areas of concern that must be remedied by February 13, 2019. These areas include facilities and enrollment. The Board and Administration are working with Children’s Kiva Building Corp to understand the timeline of our Mildred location as well as brainstorming additional locations for our students after February 2019. The Board and Administration continue to have significant concerns about our enrollment.
Per the Notice of Material Breach from RE-1 our enrollment must not decrease by more than five (5) percent of the enrollment as of December 12, 2018.

On December 13, 2018 we received an additional letter of concern from the District related to Exceptional Student Services (ESS) for students. Our school will be without an ESS Provider after December 21, 2018. Federal and State requirements and the terms of our Charter Contract require that we provide appropriate ESS/Special Education services. Per this notice of concern we have until January 11, 2019 to submit to RE-1 a plan to provide the appropriate Special Education services.

These are all considerations the Board and Administration are actively reviewing as we move forward and consider what is in the best interest of our students, staff, and our organization.  We will hold a Special Board Meeting tonight, Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Children’s House, 1204 E Empire.  The meeting is open to the public and we encourage all to attend.


Thank you for your continued support and flexibility. We appreciate each and every one of you and welcome any feedback you may have. Feel free to reach us at bod@kivacharter.org.


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

Attachment: Notice of Material Breach from RE-1