Centennial had many accomplishments in 2017. Two of the larger achievements were finalizing large service …
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Matt Sturgeon, Centennial city manager
What was the city's biggest accomplishment in 2017?
Centennial had many accomplishments in 2017. Two of the larger achievements were finalizing large service contracts (for the city). One with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement and the other with CH2M for public-works services. Public safety and public works operations are two core responsibilities for Centennial. City council worked diligently, evaluating the levels of service received from each provider, which led to the successful negotiation of long-term contracts that will serve the interests of Centennial residents and businesses well into the future. The approval of these contracts also reaffirmed Centennial's commitment to provide quality public services through the most efficient and cost-effective methods.
What opportunity for the city are you most looking forward to in 2018?
There are many things to look forward to in 2018. In the near future, I'm looking forward to working with the newly elected city council to develop council's priorities for the next 2-5 years. There are emerging regional opportunities to improve traffic, which is a consistent complaint received by Centennial and the surrounding jurisdictions. I'm certain much of what we discuss will focus on issues related to traffic and pedestrian circulation and safety.
Brian Ewert, Littleton Public Schools superintendent
What was the district’s biggest accomplishment in 2017?
Implementing weekly Professional Learning Communities was the district’s biggest accomplishment in 2017. Weekly PLCs give our teachers the frequent and consistent time needed to solve student-learning challenges and improve instruction. This collaborative time allows them to better address: improving academic growth and achievement; closing achievement gaps; serving a more diverse population as the community’s demographics change; and ensuring students graduate with 21st century skills. LPS’ district achievement goal states: “One hundred percent of LPS students will graduate prepared for meaningful post-secondary opportunities.” Adopting weekly PLC’s was an imperative step toward achieving this goal. And we are grateful for our community’s continued support that helps to make changes like this possible.
What opportunity for the district are you most looking forward to in 2018?
In 2018, we are most looking forward to continuing our “vision work.” We are committed to remaining as a leader in 21st education and understand that to achieve that, we must have clear goals and a well-defined vision for the district. A large part of this will include future-thinking and innovative practices in our educational programming, as well as continuing our work with the district’s Long Range Planning Committee as they assess our facilities and capital needs. Implementing new school start times in the fall of 2018, aligning with medical research about adolescent sleep patterns, will also be an important step toward making LPS an even better learning and teaching environment for the future. It’s exciting work and we are confident in the future of our district.
Blair Madden Bui, Centennial, CEO of John Madden Co.
What made 2017 memorable?
I just love being alive — I don't really have any special reason. I love Centennial. I think it's an exciting time to be alive because of what's happening in the political arena, whether you're for or against it.
What are you looking forward to in 2018?
(For 2018,) one of my biggest passions in life is sustainable development, and (my company) is pioneering the way in south Denver for Property-Assessed Clean Energy financing … We're replacing all our rooftop units in our residential property.
Carl Weitz, 47, Centennial, field-service technician
2017 was memorable just for negative reasons, and I look forward to it getting better. I just went through a divorce.
I started a new job, so (in 2018), I'm looking for a new beginning. And to see (my daughter) more.
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