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June 26, 2014

Sample board resolution available regarding weighting of student academic growth in licensed personnel evaluations for 2014-15

Due to 2014 state legislation, local boards of education have the discretion to determine how much weight (between 0 and 50 percent) student academic growth will have in licensed personnel evaluation ratings for the 2014-15 school year only.

CASB encourages members to make a decision regarding the weight to be given to student academic growth in the district’s evaluations of licensed personnel for the 2014-15 school year. To assist boards in this work, we developed a sample board resolution to provide a helpful framework for the board’s discussion of this issue.

Sample Board Resolution Regarding Weighting of Student Academic Growth in Licensed Personnel Evaluations for 2014-15

For more information regarding SB 14-165 and an overview of SB 191 for the 2014-15 school year, visit CASB’s Educator Effectiveness webpage.

Nov. 6, 2013

Moving forward after defeat of A66; Congratulations to new and returning school board members

With Colorado voters resoundingly defeating Amendment 66 and the overhaul of the state’s school finance system, we must now move forward with the “new normal” of school funding.

School budgets have been cut more than $1 billion over the last four years and there is nothing on the horizon to help districts recover or rebuild that deficit. We are disappointed with the election results, but CASB will continue its commitment and efforts to making headway with the state legislature to alleviate costly and onerous mandates, and look for ways to identify more funding and resources for school districts.

CASB has always believed that the first and most necessary step for school finance reform is constitutional reform. Tax policy needs to be made in the legislature, not at the ballot box. The legislature may be unpredictable, but over time it is a place where necessary work can be done. Our future focus may need to shift in this direction.

In other election news, we congratulate returning incumbents and new school board members who were successful in their local races. CASB thanks you for your service to the children and communities of Colorado and looks forward to working with you throughout your school board journey.

Articles and videos on Amendment 66 election:

Oct. 15, 2013

Congratulations and thanks to our 2013 McGuffey Award winners!

These dedicated school board members were nominated by their fellow board members and honored recently at CASB’s Fall Regional Meetings. We thank them for their committed and passionate service to public education.

Region 1
Don Dillehay, Brush RE 2(J)
Patrick "Bryant" McCall, Otis R-3
Jeffrey Tharp, Holyoke Re-1J
Royal "Woody" Woods, Akron R-1

Region 2
Donald Gabehart, Kiowa C-2
June Guy, Hi-Plains R-23
Craig Hamacher, Big Sandy 100J
Amy Martel, Stratton R-4

Region 3
Gary Collins, Swink #33
Ricke Feemster, Kim R-88

Region 4
Sharon Olson, Thompson R2-J

Region 5
Bob Colwell, Littleton Public Schools
Mary Nichols, Littleton Public Schools
Jim O'Brien, Cherry Creek Schools
Gene Turnbull, Englewood Schools 
Region 6
Jeffery Ferguson, Lewis-Palmer #38
Stephanie Garcia, Pueblo City Schools
Doug Lundberg, Academy 20

Region 7
Tim Thomson, West Grand 1-JT

Region 8
Robin Ziperman, Buena Vista R-31

Region 9
Sage Godfrey, Moffat Consolidated #2
Ronda Lobato, Centennial R-1
Mary Neamon, Monte Vista School District
Karla Van Treese, Sargent RE-33J

Region 10
Leslie Kiesler, Mesa County Valley 51
Kay Orton, Plateau Valley 50

Region 12
Robert Jefferson, Ignacio 11-JT
Chris Kloster, Mancos Re-6 

Deadline for Demont Award nominations: Oct. 31

In other award news, the deadline is approaching for nominations for the Demont Award, a program to honor administrators who have demonstrated high moral character, compassion for children and have made positive contributions to education.

The award is open to any administrator within a public school district of 1,500 or fewer students. Completed nomination packets must be received by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 31, at the Salida R-32-J Board of Education office.

The winner will be announced and honored at the Colorado Rural Schools Alliance meeting during CASB’s 73rd Annual Convention. Recipients will receive a $1,000 senior scholarship from Stifel and a $500 senior scholarship from Adams State College.

For more information, including how to request a nomination packet, please read the attachment.

Oct. 4, 2013

Partnerships That Work: Bringing Local Governments Together forum in Montrose on Oct. 29

School district, special district, municipal and county officials are invited to network and explore opportunities for collaboration at a luncheon held 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 29, at the Montrose School District board room.

The Partnerships That Work: Bringing Local Governments Together forum is a joint effort between CASB, Colorado Municipal League, Special District Association of Colorado and Colorado Counties Inc. focusing on examples of collaborative partnerships and mutual challenges.

There is no cost to the CASB-hosted event. The forum will take place at 930 Colorado Ave. in Montrose. Registration is required and available online on CASB’s intergovernmental forum webpage.

Oct. 3, 2013

Want to help students affected by the floods? Here's how ...

Many of our members have asked how they can help students in communities that were impacted by the recent floods. CASB has learned that the needs in the Greeley and Evans communities are still great, and 800 students have lost their homes.

Weld County School District 6 is collecting monetary donations and other much-needed items at its administration building located at 1025 Ninth Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631. Please note the donation is for flood relief and send it to the attention of Theresa Myers or Meggan Sponsler, who will distribute donations to schools. Monetary donations can be made directly on the Weld County District 6 website.

Immediate needs, for students of all sizes and ages. Please note: Any clothing donations must be new (not gently used) due to sanitary and health concerns.
  • winter clothing (coats, hats, gloves)
  • boots and shoes
  • school and casual clothing
  • underwear
  • socks
  • specialized clothing (sports uniforms and warm-up suits)
  • toiletries and personal items (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, curling iron, hair brushes, combs)
Other student needs:
  • hearing aids
  • glasses
  • graphing calculators
  • medication and medical equipment
  • books and toys
To learn more about resources available to school districts impacted by the flood, or learn other ways to help, visit the CDE’s Flood Resources website.

Oct. 2, 2013

Seats open on CASB Board, CHSAA Legislative Council; Nomination deadline is Nov. 15

Fifteen seats open on CASB Board of Directors

Serving as a CASB director is a rewarding next step in your school board career and allows you to collaborate with fellow directors from around the state, deepen your understanding of major education issues, and make an impact at the state level. Consider taking your local board leadership to the next level by running for one of the 15 seats open on the CASB Board of Directors.

The nomination deadline for candidates who are also running for election on their local school board is Friday, Nov. 15. Candidates who are not running for election on their local school board must submit their nomination information by Friday, Nov. 8. For more information on the benefits of being a CASB director and the board election process, please visit the Running for the CASB Board webpage.

CASB member voting delegates will elect new CASB directors at our Annual Business & Leadership Meeting from 3-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in conjunction with CASB’s 73rd annual convention in Colorado Springs. Note: This is a new day and time.

A candidate guide outlining each candidate’s letter of intent and answers to questions prepared by CASB’s Board Leadership Committee will be emailed on Nov. 21 and posted to our website.

One seat open on CHSAA Legislative Council

CASB has combined its 12 regions into five regions by geographic area, and elects five school board members to serve on the Colorado High School Activities Association Legislative Council. This year, there is a vacancy for one three-year term on the council, representing CASB Regions 7, 8 and 10.

School board members from these CASB regions who are interested in serving on the CHSAA Legislative Council are invited to complete a candidate affidavit and submit a 100-word statement of interest by Friday, Nov. 15.

CASB member voting delegates also will elect a new CHSAA representative at the Annual Business & Leadership meeting. A candidate guide with each candidate’s statement of interest will be emailed on Nov. 21 and posted to our website.

For additional questions about the CASB Board of Directors or CHSAA Legislative Council election processes, contact Ana Navratil at 303-832-1000.

Sept. 26, 2013

A Message from Commissioner Hammond: Flood Information for Impacted and Neighboring Districts

Dear Superintendents,

We’ve been so amazed at the resiliency of our schools and communities over the past few difficult weeks. Everyone has demonstrated the rugged Colorado spirit of banding together to help each other. School districts’ staff have been nothing short of heroic. You’ve relocated schools, cared for homeless children, and rallied support for your community. Districts that have wanted to lend a helping hand have reached out to others in need with donations, staffing support and creative partnerships to help get everyone through this difficult time. I’m proud and humbled by your strength of heart, mind and soul.

You’ve asked about options for the upcoming Count Date to accommodate recent impacts of the flood. This year’s October Count process not only impacts the flood-affected districts, but also neighboring districts that may receive students that have been displaced. We’ve attached information to start that alternate planning and administration process.

Some districts have homeless families in need of evening meals. Attached is an explanation of two programs that can help and ways for you to apply or get more information.

Finally, districts with more students qualifying for Title I services as a result of the flood may need help to meet the immediate instructional and other needs of students. The attached document outlines what a new webinar will provide for participants as it will include information to navigate options with Title I and the Migrant programs.

If we can be of further support to you, please let me know.

Take Care,
Robert K. Hammond

Robert K. Hammond | Commissioner of Education | Colorado Department of Education | 201 E. Colfax Ave. Room 500, Denver, CO 80203 | | |

Sept. 23, 2013

FEMA Public Assistance Program available for schools districts impacted by floods; preliminary damage assessments from districts requested by Sept. 25

School districts impacted by recent flooding may be eligible to apply for FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program. The PA program provides supplemental federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement or restoration of disasterā€damaged, publicly owned facilities. Disaster-related costs incurred by school districts must be located in designated areas.

School districts are asked to provide emergency response and damage cost estimates by completing a form on the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management website. Districts are asked to enter their information by noon on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Information entered on the online form will be used for two primary purposes:
  1. It will serve as a contact list for school districts interested in participating in the PA program.
  2. The estimated costs will be evaluated for general eligibility and tallied by the county.

What happens next?

FEMA and DHSEM will reach out to your school district with next steps, and may request additional details on the damage description and estimated costs. Your school district will then be provided an opportunity to attend an applicant briefing and kickoff meetings to learn additional details, program information and timelines.

For additional flood help and information, visit CDE's Colorado Flood Resources webpage.

Aug. 13, 2013

Reminder: CASB sample resolution available for local school boards in support of ballot initiative

CASB has recently added a sample resolution for local boards in support of the ballot initiative. It is featured on our Initiative 22 webpage, along with several other resources designed to help our members better understand SB 213 and Initiative 22.

Also, don’t forget to register for our panel discussion on Initiative 22 and SB 213, from 9-11 a.m. Thursday. Registration deadline for online participation is 3 p.m. Wednesday. School board members and superintendents will hear different points of view and discuss the pros and cons of the bill and ballot initiative, including how districts would be impacted by the new per pupil funding model and the new funding requirements of Amendment 23.

CASB Executive Director Ken DeLay will moderate the forum. Joining him will be Carol Hedges, executive director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute, Justin Silverstein, vice president of Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, and Tracie Rainey, executive director of the Colorado School Finance Project.

The event is open only to CASB members and will be held at our office located at 1200 Grant St. in Denver. It will be streamed live for those unable to attend in person and a link to a recording of the forum will be available on our website following the event.

Aug. 12, 2013

Read, watch, listen: CASB has the answers to your burning school election questions

Last week’s most popular school election question was, "What goes in a candidate packet?"

The answer?
  • Petition (including the circulator's affidavit and candidate's acceptance of nomination)
  • Candidate's Affidavit of Qualifications for Office
  • Candidate's Notice of Intent
  • Any additional information: Secretary of State webpage address for FCPA filings, CASB's school elections website (includes direct link to FCPA forms for candidates), local candidate event invitations, or other materials you want to share with your local candidates.

Other questions? Check out CASB’s school elections webinars, with topics to help school board candidates and school district designated election officials understand their responsibilities in the election process. Topics include: Who is Eligible to Run for Our Local School Board (5:50), Fair Campaign Practices Act for Candidates (6:03), How Do I Get My Name on the Ballot? (6:02), and All About Petitions (8:33).

Also, tune in to our 28-minute podcast to hear CASB Chief Counsel Kathleen Sullivan and Morgan County Clerk Connie Ingmire discuss the interplay between clerks, school district election officials and candidates.

Aug. 7, 2013

Pagosa Superintendent Mark DeVoti Joins CASB

Mark DeVoti, superintendent of Archuleta School District 50 Joint in Pagosa Springs, has been named Assistant Executive Director of the Colorado Association of School Boards.

DeVoti, who has led the school district for more than six years, will join CASB on Oct. 1. His primary responsibilities will include overseeing CASB’s Superintendent Search service and school board training and development.

“We are thrilled that Mark has agreed to join our team,” said CASB Executive Director Ken DeLay. “His strong track record as a leader in the Archuleta School District, as well as statewide, will greatly benefit our work with school boards and superintendents across Colorado. In addition, he leaves his district in a position of strength and in capable hands, which is important to us at CASB.”

DeVoti joined the Archuleta School District 50 Joint in 2001, and served as an intermediate school principal and curriculum coordinator before becoming superintendent in February 2007.

Under his leadership, Pagosa Springs High School was recipient of the 2009 Colorado Commissioner's Cup and the district established the Pirate Achievement Center, an in-district alternative education program serving high school students. The district also created FAMA: Fine Arts Magnet Academy, a pathway focused on arts education, and the school board was named an All State Board of Distinction in 2011.

In addition to his school district work, DeVoti was appointed in 2012 by Colorado Education Commissioner Robert Hammond to the Global Education Leader’s Program, a six-member team collaborating globally to transform education. He has served on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Education Leadership Council since 2011.

Aug. 7, 2013

Reminder: Register today for Initiative 22 Forum on Aug. 15

School board members and superintendents are invited to attend a panel discussion on Initiative 22 and SB 213, from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Attendees will hear different points of view and discuss the pros and cons of the bill and ballot initiative, including how districts would be impacted by the new per pupil funding model and the new funding requirements of Amendment 23.

CASB Executive Director Ken DeLay will moderate the forum. Joining him will be Carol Hedges, executive director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute, who will discuss the initiative’s fiscal and tax implications. Justin Silverstein, vice president of Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, has been invited to give a K-12 perspective and answer questions about the bill and ballot initiative.

The event is open only to CASB members and will be held at our office located at 1200 Grant St. in Denver. It will be streamed live for those unable to attend in person and a link to a recording of the forum will be available on our website following the event.

Additional information and registration is available on the Initiative 22 Forum webpage, which also includes a recently added CASB sample resolution for local boards in support of the ballot initiative.

Note: CASB's conference room space is limited; registration for those who wish to attend in person will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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