BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
At the regular meeting of the Littleton Public Schools (LPS) school board on March 11, Kathleen Ambron, LPS director of elementary education, announced that Teresa Burden has been selected to serve as the principal for the new elementary school on the Ames campus that will open in August 2021.
Burden has been the principal of LPS’ Twain Elementary for the past three years and served as an assistant principal in another school district before that. In addition to teaching in multiple elementary grades, Burden served as a K-5 Response to Intervention Specialist.
In a letter to parents and students, Ambron announced that parents were invited to learn about the new schools on the Ames and Franklin campuses on March 16 at Highland Elementary. With the cancellation of all school and related events, currently scheduled to run from March 16 to March 27, that event was of course postponed. Ambron noted Burden’s “big heart for students, staff, and community,” as well as the interview team’s noting her “commitment to building positive relationships with students, staff, and families, strong instructional leadership skills, and a desire to partner with all stakeholders in opening the new school.”
LPS Superintendent Brian Ewert welcomed Burden, saying, “Ames is the lynchpin for all that comes next. This is the first new school in Littleton in a number of years. We are excited about all that this new state-of-the-art building will bring to the community in innovation, engagement, and purposeful learning.” He noted Burden’s passion for “climate and culture,” the bringing together of students and staff from all different communities.
School board members asked the superintendent a number of questions about how the impending break from classes would impact students, particularly high school seniors and students who depend on LPS for healthy meals.
Ewert told the board that it is highly unlikely that missed school work will be made up. Asked whether teachers could offer students work electronically, Ewert said, “We are ill prepared to be an online school but we are gathering all available resources to do what we can. We should probably look at that for the future.” He also noted the pitfalls of possible unequal treatment of students in this unplanned circumstance if some have access to computers and some do not.
LPS’ Nutritional Services department is providing free “grab and go” breakfast and lunches out of Field Elementary School at 5402 S. Sherman Way in Littleton and East Elementary School at 5933 S. Fairfield Street in Littleton for all children 18 years and younger who need them, whether or not they are LPS students. The children must be present at pick-up. They may be in the car. As of this writing, the service has been promised for March 16 to March 20. Please check the LPS website for further updates.
Terry L. Davis, director of operations, maintenance and construction for LPS presented an update to the board of the citizens’ bond oversight committee about the various ongoing construction projects around the district funded by the 2018 bond program. Featured were “flythrough” videos of progress at the Ames Campus, where demolition of the old building is now complete and piers are being installed for the new one, and the new as yet unnamed elementary school at the Franklin Campus, which is in the design advisory group and pre-construction contract phase. Groundbreaking for the brand-new Newton Middle School and Junior Stadium was originally scheduled for March 16. It too is postponed.
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