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  • District 70 Proposes Bond Issue and Mill Levy

    District 70’s bond issue and Tax Levy promise to improve its schools. The general aim of the Bond Issue is to add several physical features to at least 6 schools, as well as some changes district-wide.

    Plans for Pueblo West High School include the addition of ten classrooms, an auditorium, a 6-lane swimming pool, eight tennis courts with lighting and fencing, a new track, artificial turf, landscaping, and an auxiliary building. The proposed cost for the changes at Pueblo West High alone is $21,554,720. District-wide the cost will add up to $35,000,000. The mill levy adds up to about $3,373,738.

    In the last two years, D70 has faced serious budget issues. The district has had to make some major changes, including the introduction of the four day school week. Considering these issues, it is reasonable to wonder where the money for the bond issue and tax levy will come from. The answer to that question is taxpayer money. An estimate states that the combination of the mill levy and bond issue will cost about $3.20 per month for a $100,000 household and $11.67 per month for a $100,000 commercial property.

    These tax add-ons may not seem like a lot but year after year bond issue and mill levy proposals do not pass. The last time D70 received a tax increase was in 2002, which was nine years ago. “We need to get Pueblo West out to vote,” says Principal Martha Nogare. “We just want to make sure our high school is a complete school. We have so much to lose if it doesn’t pass.” The decision is set to be made November 1st and Pueblo West citizens are encouraged to get out and vote.

  • Wagner Climbs to the Top

    A common misconception about the person that the students, as well as staff members, at Pueblo West High School depend on to organize and see out all the events that happen throughout the year, is that he is simply the Athletic Director. He is much more than that though. The proper name for Jamison Wagner is Activities Director. As a new administrator at the school, his job is to make all major decisions concerning any club, sport, or extracurricular activity that goes on at Pueblo West.

    Wagner has proven to be well-rounded, with experience in many fields. He co-owns a very successful business, Marble Slab, and was formerly the head DECA advisor, a math teacher, and coach at Pueblo West. He also went on to play basketball in college. Now he can add Activity Director to that long list.

    While working at Cañon National Bank, Wagner got a call from the high school, at which his wife worked at the time. They asked if he would like to become a teacher and start a DECA program at the school. At that point he had no idea what DECA was, but he was up to the challenge. In order to start a new DECA branch he had to do some research and figure out how it operated. Wagner headed to Pueblo County High School to observe their program in hopes of learning enough to create a successful club at Pueblo West. After recruiting for a few weeks, 71 students joined the new business-based club. Since then, DECA has done nothing but grow and help students better their future in numerous ways.

    Wagner was an exceptional basketball player in his prime. He was picked up on a basketball scholarship by Bismarck State College in North Dakota as a shooting guard. A teammate of his went on to be the general manager of the Denver Nuggets, allowing him to organize trips like Nuggets Night for the students in DECA. Thanks to his college basketball career, Wagner became Coach Kersey’s assistant coach for four years.  Coach Kersey had to take a leave of absence due to health issues and Wagner became the  boys’  basketball head coach. Around the same time he had 3 kids within 3 years of each other. He wanted to have more time to help out and spend time with his children, so he resigned as the head coach.

    The new, experienced, Activity Director is working on emphasizing the importance of sports and other activities in the lives of students at Pueblo West High School. “My biggest goal is to get as many kids involved as possible, whether its basketball, cross country, DECA, or choir. My belief is, the more that students are involved in, the better attendance will be and the harder they will work in class.”