News from the Business Office
Operations and Facilities Report
Graland expanded its security policy and now provides all-day protection thanks to the presence of off-duty police officers, one per day. Officers, who work the Denver city beat in their regular jobs, remarked that their time at Graland allows them to connect with children and establish trusting relationships that will impact students as they grow.
“Our number one priority is student safety, and with the support of the Board of Trustees we continue to enhance campus security,” says Juan Botello, director of finance and operations. “Dana Rankin, our liaison for traffic and safety, worked diligently to make sure the officers were integrated and welcomed as new members of our community.”
In other news, Graland revealed newly installed educational and play spaces to enhance our program. Notably, the Lower School Student Support Team moved into their new offices in the Georgia Nelson Building, first floor. In an article earlier in the year, Kristin Newman, reading specialist, reported: “Not only does the new suite provide a wonderful learning environment for students, but it also provides easy access for teachers. Now, the Lower School specialists can easily collaborate, share materials, and work closely with classroom teachers.”
The Dvorak Playground on the Clermont side opened in October 2017 and offers swings, a sandpit, basketball hoop and green grass where students have enjoyed games and unstructured play.
Finally, over in the Early Childhood Learning Center, our youngest learners enjoyed a new gross motor skills room in the lower level of Hamilton West. Toddlers in the employee childcare program also explored their new outdoor play space.
Botello Wins National Award for Excellence
Our director of finance and operations, Juan Botello, was given the Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award from the National Business Officers Association in spring 2018. This award honors business officers who have made significant differences in their schools and whose contributions exemplify exceptionally high standards of integrity, knowledge and motivation to help their schools succeed. They are team players, excellent managers and true leaders. Congratulations, Juan, on this much-deserved recognition!