The Arapahoe Charter School community celebrated the school’s 20th anniversary by recognizing employees with 10-20 years of service at a Board of Directors meeting July 13.

Each staff member was recognized for contributions to ACS and presented with a check to mark their years of service by Board Chairman Jimmy Lee.

“These staff members represent the core of our school community,” Lee said following the meeting. “They have dedicated years of time and energy to providing our students with experiences they will carry with them for life.”

“These bonuses acknowledge that dedication and reaffirm our school’s appreciation of their years of service,” Lee said. “In a way, we are replacing what the state eliminated in 2014.”

For more than 50 years, the state awarded veteran teachers bonus payments based on how many years they had worked. Until 2014 when the legislature eliminated longevity pay, most state employees received a payment equal to 1.5 percent of their salaries once they’d worked for 10 years, and that payment jumped to 4.5 percent after working for 25 years or more.


Arapahoe Charter School to host meet and greets

Arapahoe Charter School will hold two meet and greets to kick off the new school year.

“This is an excellent opportunity to pick up schedules, meet our teachers, bus drivers and cafeteria staff,” said ACS Administrative Director Dr. Dennis Sawyer. “We want our parents to be informed, involved and an active part of our school community.”

There are two Meet and Greets scheduled: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 4-7 p.m. for grades 6th-12th and Thursday, Aug. 10, 4-7 p.m. for grades kindergarten-5th.

“The education of our children is a collaborative effort,” said Dr. Sawyer. “These events reinforce those efforts and get the school year off to the best possible start.”

The first day of school for students is Monday, Aug. 14. For questions about these events and/or inquiries regarding possible openings at ACS, call 252-249-2599.