With new D-11 head, Westside students back to school in mid-August
Led by new superintendent Michael Thomas, the 2018-19 school year starts for most District 11 public schools Aug. 15.
The opening-day exception is the Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning charter school, which has a noticeably longer school year and will start two days sooner.
Hired in June, Thomas replaced Dr. Nicholas Gledich, who retired after nine years as the D-11 boss.
Thomas was most recently chief of academics, leadership and learning for Minneapolis Public Schools in Minnesota. Previously, at another Minneapolis school district, his jobs had included elementary and secondary principal and coordinator for equity and integration.
He is married, with two children of high school age.
Thomas has not announced any major changes for the district, but said in a welcome vido on the D-11 website that he believes in "students first" and is looking forward to overseeing the mill levy override (property tax increase) that voters approved in the November 2017 election, giving D-11 more funds on a continuing basis.
Below are brief capsules on each Westside D-11 school (principal's name in parentheses).
Howbert, 1023 N. 31st St. (Bryan Relich), 328-4200. Enrollment: approximately 285. Type of school: Traditional.
Midland, 2110 W. Broadway St. (Jennifer Breeding), 328-4500. Enrollment: approximately 200. Type of school: International Baccalaureate (IB).
West, 25 N. 20th St. (Karen Newton), 328-4900. Enrollment: approximately 300. Type of school: Traditional.
West, 1920 W. Pikes Peak Ave. (Shalah Sims), 328-3900. Enrollment: approximately 290. Type of school : Traditional, with gifted/talented element.
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