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May 24, 2024

CASB believes that quality public education is the foundation for our nation’s economic prosperity, community’s quality of life,
and every child’s opportunity to live their best life. The following are current events and opportunities for our members:

 
  • NEW! Keeping Students Safe: Legislation, Compliance, and Best Practices in the Event of an Emergency on Your Campus
    • For K-12 Administrators, CTOs, School Safety Specialists, and other safety professionals. You're invited to an exciting and informative event on June 12, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.! Join us for a unique educational experience that will guide leaders in creating the ultimate school safety plan.
    • Location: PPA Event Center - 2105 Decatur Street - Denver, CO 80211
    • Register here!
  • CASB Boardsmanship Academy
    • Registration is now OPEN!
    • NEW! McGuffey Award submissions are now open!
    • CASB is looking forward to a change in format for the regional meetings next fall, and we hope that board members will find the new format engaging.  CASB has traditionally offered regional meetings at twelve different locations throughout the state and tried—many times unsuccessfully—to find a date that did not conflict with school board meetings in each region.  CASB members also told us that they want board professional development that provides more in-depth content and more opportunity for conversation with peers.  Next fall we will offer sessions on three Saturdays in six different locations and provide an extended period of time for deeper content and meaningful discussion.  

      The topics will vary by region, but they all focus on students and how school board members can govern effectively to support the students in their districts. Registration will be opening soon, but we wanted you to have a sneak peek of the topics and locations, so you can start planning for the fall. We will be providing lunch, so there will be a minimal cost for attendance. Here are the locations, dates, topics, and presenters that have been confirmed:

      • August 24, 2024
        1. LIMON
          • 10:00 - 11:45 a.m.
            Using Local & State Data for Effective Governance
            Presenters:  Dan Jorgensen and Erin Loften, CDE
          • 12:45 - 2:30 p.m.
            Mastering the Art of Effective School Board Meetings
            Leslie Bogar, CASB’s Deputy Executive Director
        2. JOHNSTOWN
          • 10:00 - 11:45 a.m.
            Nurturing Minds: Addressing Youth Mental Health in Our Schools
            Presenters: TBD
          • 12:45 - 2:30 p.m.
            Strengthening Ties: Cultivating Effective Relationships Between Board Presidents and Superintendents
            Presenters: Chris Gdowski, Adams 12 and Matt Cook, CASB Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
      • September 7, 2024
        1. PUEBLO
          • 10:00 - 11:45 a.m.
            Legal Topics that Affect Your District and Students  
            Presenters: Rachel Amspoker, Hilary Daniels, CASB Attorneys
          • 12:45 - 2:30 p.m.
            Strengthening Ties: Cultivating Effective Relationships Between Board Presidents and Superintendents
            Presenters:  Chris Gdowski, Adams 12 and Matt Cook, CASB Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
        2. ALAMOSA
          • 10:00 - 11:45 a.m.
            Secure Foundations: Advancing School Safety in Our Districts
            Presenter: Chris Harms, Director, Colorado Office of School Safety
          • 12:45 - 2:30 p.m.
            Using Local & State Data for Effective Governance 
            Presenters:  Dan Jorgensen and Erin Loften, CDE
      • September 28, 2024
        1. DURANGO
          • 10:00 - 11:45 a.m.
            Mastering the Art of Effective School Board Meetings
            Presenters: Leslie Bogar, CASB’s Deputy Executive Director, and Kristin Smith, Durango School District 9-R Board President 
          • 12:45 - 2:30 p.m.
            Legal Topics that Affect Your District and Students  
            Presenters: Rachel Amspoker, Hilary Daniels, CASB Attorneys
        2. GRAND JUNCTION
          • 10:00 - 11:45 a.m.
            Using Local & State Data for Effective Governance 
            Presenters:  Dan Jorgensen and Erin Loften, CDE
          • 12:45 - 2:30 p.m.
            Using Roles and Responsibilities to Focus on Student Engagement
            Presenters: Barb Clementi, CASB Past President, and Jubal Yennie, Executive Director
  • Save the Dates
  • CASB Connections Podcasts
    • Public Comment and Social Media
      • Learn the ins and outs of public comment during school board meetings, as well as what constitutes public comment when it comes to social media use by school board members. Rachel Amspoker, CASB Staff Attorney, and Sonja McKenzie, Cherry Creek School District Chief Counsel, share the details involved in public comment and best practices that you will want to hear and put into practice.

  • CASB Board Training Services
    • Resolutions Service
      • CASB offers a comprehensive resolutions-drafting service, aimed at assisting a board and staff in formulating well-crafted and effective resolutions in a timely manner. Resolutions may adopt new procedures for the board, recognize a special event, honor members of the community, implement board member compensation, and more. There will be an initial flat-fee rate of ($150), which covers the first three hours of work. If the work goes beyond three hours, each additional hour will be $25/hour. Contact [email protected] for a consultation.
    • CASB provides Strategic Planning facilitation. Please contact Leslie Bogar, [email protected], for a proposal.
    •  Training Fees:
      • CASB Members - In person facilitation $400 (2 - 4 hours) plus overnight accommodations if necessary; $800 (4 - 8 hours) plus overnight accommodations if necessary. Call for virtual facilitation pricing.

      • BOCES and Affiliate Members - In person facilitation $500 (2 - 4 hours) plus mileage and overnight accommodations if necessary; $1000 (4 - 8 hours) plus mileage and overnight accommodations if necessary. We offer no charge for virtual training that is less than two hours. Please call for information.

      • Non-Members - Call for pricing.

 
  • NEW! Legislative Wrap-Up
    • The Legislative Wrap-Up is complete, but if you were unable to attend you can find the recording of the webinar here!
  • NEW! Proposed Resolutions for the 2024 Fall Conference & Delegate Assembly are now being accepted!
    • The submission form can be found here!
  • Are you interested in expanding your advocacy role as an elected Board member? Then the CASB Legislative Resolutions Committee or the Federal Relations Network may be for you. Please contact CASB Director of Public Policy and Advocacy Matt Cook ([email protected]) for more information.
 
  • NEW! The Colorado Supreme Court recently ruled that a BOCES cannot open a school within the territory of a district that is not a member of the BOCES, without the district’s consent.

    The case involved ERBOCES and Colorado Springs School District 11. ERBOCES opened Orton Academy, a contract school serving students with reading challenges, within District 11’s boundaries, despite District 11 not being a member of ERBOCES. ERBOCES argued that the language of the Colorado BOCES Act allows them to operate a school in a nonmember district, as it states a school may be opened “at any appropriate location, within or without the geographic boundaries of the school district providing the money for the facilities.” C.R.S. 22-5-111. The BOCES interpreted “any appropriate location,” to mean any district at all, even if it was not a member of the BOCES. However, the district argued that the statute means that a BOCES may operate a school within any one of their member district’s boundaries, regardless of whether that specific district paid for the school.

    The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of the District, stating that the language of the statute does not clearly give BOCES authority to place a school in another district. The Court did not find it likely that the law would authorize a BOCES to take such sweeping action without clearly expressing as such. Additionally, considering that the context of the nearby statutes relate to procurement and financing of buildings and facilities, a provision allowing such placement of schools would be out of place and unreasonable. Ultimately, the ruling explains that BOCES may open a school within the boundaries of any of their member districts, regardless of whether the school is located within a member district that paid for the facility.

    Ultimately, this ruling is a clear articulation that a BOCES may not place schools in a school district’s boundaries, if that school district is not a member of the BOCES and does not consent. If a BOCES placed a school within a district’s boundaries and the district objects, that district may consider consulting with an attorney to determine appropriate actions.
 
  • CCDF State Plan Draft
    • The Colorado Department of Early Childhood is seeking stakeholder input on the new draft Child Care and Development Fund Plan for 2025-2027. The Plan explains how the state invests federal CCDF funds to expand access to high-quality child care for working families.
    • CDEC is making the draft Plan available to gather feedback and input in developing the Plan, which will guide Colorado’s work for the next several years and beyond. You can find a draft copy of the Plan HERE and we have created a slide deck to provide a high level overview of the Plan.
    • How to provide feedback:
      • Read the draft Plan and slide deck, and share your feedback by May 30, 2024.  
      • Please use this form to submit your feedback on the sections of the plan. 
      • Join the public hearing on June 3rd, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at CDEC, 710 S. Ash Street—Building C, Denver, in the Innovation Room, or on Zoom (Passcode: 123456). Learn more about the public hearing HERE
  • 2024 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Notices Inviting Applications (NIAs) 
    • The U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the FY 2024 Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Grant Competitions. Evidence-based projects that include STEM, social emotional learning, educator recruitment/retention, and other field-initiated innovations are welcome.
 
CASB Departments Serving You
  1. Executive Director
    1. Dr. Jubal Yennie ([email protected] or (303) 302-3808)
  2. Director of Finance
    1. Susie Griffin Butler ([email protected] or (303) 302-3806)
    2. Tonja Darling ([email protected] or (303) 832-1000)
  3. Deputy Executive Director
    1. Leslie Bogar ([email protected] or (303) 302-3805)
  4. Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
    1. Matt Cook ([email protected] or (303) 302-3807)
  5. Staff Attorney (Legal Information)
    1. Rachel Amspoker ([email protected] or (303) 302-3803)
    2. Mikayla Unruh ([email protected] or (303) 302-3801)
    3. Hilary Daniels ([email protected] or (303) 226-6886)
  6. Policy Department
    1. Kristina Gutierrez ([email protected] or (303) 302-3811)
    2. Holly Burg ([email protected] or (303) 302-3810)
    3. Diana Calderon ([email protected] or (303) 302-3804)
  7. Communications Specialist and Registration Questions
    1. Bryce Reedy ([email protected] or (303) 302-3813)
  8. Events Specialist
    1. Gabriella Wilson ([email protected] or (303) 302-3809)
  9. Administrative Assistant (Board of Directors Questions or Meeting Room Reservation Requests)
    1. Tracy DeMeo ([email protected] or (303) 302-3812)
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