Pueblo District 60 students head back to school today and there are some big changes to the school schedule.
District 60 is moving to a 4 day school week with classes held Monday through Thursday. They’re partnering with community agencies to offer students Friday activities. plus, some schools will provide enrichment activities like tutoring, drama club and science club on Fridays.
Free meals are also being offered on Fridays to students at various locations. Some Boys and Girls Club locations and Pueblo libraries are included.
This year teachers and District 60 are ready to turn over a new leaf. With a new deal on the table, teachers say they’re eager to put their energy and resources into the students.
The new deal comes with a 2.5% cost of living adjustment and a $50 stipend towards health insurance. It was ratified in May through an 85% majority vote.
“It’s really nice to be starting the school year with a deal already done,” said Suzanne Ethredge President of the Pueblo Education Association. “This way we can concentrate on getting the school up and started and not have to be worried about negotiations or mediation coming up.”
“Teachers are excited to get back into the classroom and certainly district-wide we’re really excited to start looking into the future for the school district in a way where we can collaboratively work together to address all issues across the board, ” said Dalton Sprouse a spokesperson for Pueblo City Schools.