Glow run changes to spring date

ALAMOSA — It has been barely six months since the last Alamosa Education Foundation Glow Run but it's already time to start preparing for the next one. Instead of being held in September like the inaugural event, Alamosa School District Board of Education member Christine Haslett announced during their Monday meeting that 2018's race will be on May 19.

Along with changing the date, the location will also be different this time around. The route, which has yet to be finalized, will involve the stadium at Alamosa High School.

"I personally didn't like the run around the golf course and highway so as soon as it was done I suggested we do it with the school district in mind," Haslett said.

Kids will run first at around 8:30 p.m. and then the adults will start their 5K run and walk.

Like last year all proceeds go to AEF and help Alamosa School District with scholarships, workshops, training, field trips and other expenses.

After the board approved the third and final reading of over 20 updated policies—mostly involving updating references to the No Child Left Behind Act to the newer Every Student Succeeds Act—assistant superintendent Carrie Zimmerman presented information from the district's draft unified improvement plan.

Containing the district's demographics and socioeconomic information, Zimmerman told the board that an average of 65 percent of the district's 2,300 enrolled students qualify for free and reduced lunch. There is an equal split of male and female students and 66 percent of students are Hispanic. A little over 300 students identified as English Language Learners, meaning English is not their primary language, with the majority of those enrolled in elementary school.

Zimmerman also recapped the schools' accreditation ratings. Alamosa High School and Alamosa Elementary School maintained their rating of "Performance" while Alamosa Ombudsman School of Excellence dropped from "Improvement" to "Priority Improvement" and the district is focusing on Ortega Middle School going back up to "Performance."

"Overall though, as a district, our scores went up from 52.8 percent to 55.8 percent," Zimmerman said.

The final plan will be submitted next month with the middle school improvement plan after presenting it to stakeholders such as parents and the board.