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Board Memo – November 17, 2016

Dear RMAE Community,

Over the past several months our school community has faced many challenges. Throughout each one, we, as a community, have remained optimistic and understanding that these challenges are not insurmountable. Often it is in the fine balance of understanding and learning from the past, while moving and looking toward the future, that enables us to find our proper path once the dust has settled.

We are all aware that RMAE has been and continues to face a substantial budget deficit. Over the past several weeks, the Board and specifically the Finance Committee, have dedicated significant time and consideration in deciding on the best direction to take RMAE with regards to restoring the school’s financial stability. Great care was given to discussing and considering numerous options while also understanding that the path forward required making difficult decisions. In the end, the revised K-8 budget plan approved by the Board was based on making necessary and realistic expense reductions, while seeking to minimize the impact on the students and school as a whole.

We would like to assure everyone that our children and their ability to receive a high quality education are our highest priorities. The ability to realize this requires a financially stable school where school resources including staffing and other expenses are appropriately matched to the size and funding of the school. In light of our current budget situation, we would like you to be aware that several staff changes have been made, and were communicated first to impacted staff yesterday afternoon and this morning by our Interim Director, Dr. Stueven. More specifics regarding these changes will be shared to the RMAE community in a separate communication from Dr. Stueven tomorrow.

With these changes now in place, the need to heal and rebuild RMAE for the future is now as clear as ever. We are asking everyone to come together as a school community, for the ultimate benefit of our children and the education they receive. We all have a very important job ahead of us in rebuilding the school’s reputation and increasing our enrollment this year and in the future. This requires the dedicated effort of each and every one of us – please join us in supporting our wonderful school. There are many ways in which to help: volunteering time in your child’s classrooms or elsewhere on campus, join and support the PTO, become involved in or donate to the RMAE Foundation, and/or serve on one of the many the Board sub-committees which make recommendations to the Board and help implement key initiatives. As a reminder, you can view and sign-up for the various sub-committees through this link: RMAE Committee Sign-up List.

We would like to thank Jeffco Public Schools, the Colorado League or Charter Schools, and Dr. Stueven for their invaluable advice and input during this process. In particular, we are thankful for the new leadership of Dr. Stueven and his knowledge, guidance and commitment to building a successful charter school. As a community we are fortunate to have him at RMAE and we continue to appreciate and support all his efforts during these trying times.

Lastly, we would like to reiterate our optimism for the future of RMAE. The outpouring of support from everyone has been tremendous, and it is with your selfless service and dedication that the school can and will rebuild. We look forward to working alongside you in this effort. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time – you can email the entire board at: rmaeboard@rmae.org. However, please note that we are taking Nov. 23-27 to reflect and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with our families and loved ones and during this time we will not be responding to any correspondence. We appreciate your understanding and will resume communications starting first thing on Monday, November 28th. We hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Most Sincerely,

Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen Board of Directors

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