Board of Education

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The mission of the Salida School District, in active partnership with family and community, is to ensure that each and every student is prepared to succeed in life, by providing quality instruction and progressive curriculum in a secure and challenging environment which will empower students with the skills necessary to achieve their greatest potential.

The Salida School Board is a group of volunteer citizens that have dedicated themselves to ensure that the heart of the community, the schools, are healthy. They oversee policies, systems and the superintendent. They do not oversee the minutia of classroom activity. Citizens concerned with individual student needs should contact the teacher and principal. The board loves input from other community members as they try to represent what the school is and should be to Salida at large. Board policies are posted at the Colorado Association of School Boards.

All Board of Education meetings are public meetings and the community is always welcome.  There are BOE Meeting Protocols for participating in the meeting.  Participants are encouraged to understand those protocols so that his or her voice can be best heard. Agendas are posted by the Friday prior to the Regular Board Meeting.

Upcoming Meetings…

All meetings are held in the Board Room on the 2nd floor of the Kesner Building unless otherwise noted.

November 12, 2019 6:00 Regular Session 4:00 Book Study and Work Session
December 5-8, 2019 CASB Conference- Colo Spgs
December 10, 2019 6:00 Regular Session

Collaborative Bargaining Team 2019-20 Meeting Schedule:

Meeting #2 Friday, October 17th, 2019 8-4pm

Meeting #3 Friday, November 1st, 2019 8-4pm

Meeting #4 Friday, November 15th, 2019 8-4pm

Meeting #5 Extra Date Friday, November 22nd, 2019 8-4pm

Staff Presentation from CBT Dec 4th, 2019 in SHS Auditorium

Meeting #6 Wednesday, March 11th, 2019 8-4pm

Meeting #7 April 17th 12-1:30pm Lunch


Penny Wilken (2015-2017; 2017-2019)

Jennifer Visitacion (2015-2019)
Joel McBride (2015-2019)

Cheri Post (2015-2017; 2017-2021)

Joe Smith (Appointed Dec 12, 2017-2019)

Jeff Post (Appointed June 2019-Nov 2019)

Jeannie Peters (2017-2021)

Please note there are two people in District 3 as we transition into our NEWLY ADOPTED 5 Director Districts with 2 At Large Seats.

Two Vacancies Announced:

The Board of Education of Salida School District R-32-J is anticipating two vacancies on the Board of Education after the November 5, 2019 election. In accordance with state law, the Board will declare a vacancy in school director district 1 and director district 5 at the Regular Meeting on November 12, 2019

1. Interested persons are invited to send an application to the Board of Education c/o Board Secretary Brandy Coscarella with a statement of interest and qualifications by October 30, 2019.

2. The Board will interview prospective candidates on November 12, 2019 at a public meeting.

3. To be eligible for appointment, a candidate must reside in the director district that the applicant is seeking (i.e. Salida School District 1 or District 5), and must have been a registered elector of the Salida School District for at least twelve consecutive months prior to the date of appointment.

4. The appointee(s) will serve until the next regular school biennial election in November 2021.

Board of Education Vacancy Application packets are to be turned in to Brandy Coscarella, School Board Secretary/ 349 E 9th St/ Salida CO 81201. Interested candidates must complete an application that consists of a letter of interest, resume, and a list of three references. The application must be received in the office of the Secretary to the Board of Education by 4:00 p.m., October 30, 2019.

5. The Board of Education plans to appoint persons to fill this vacancy at its Regular Meeting scheduled on December 10, 2019. This Appointee will be eligible to attend the Colorado Association of School Boards conference Dec 5-8, 2019.

Board Elections

Board Elections are held biannually. The next Board elections will be in November 2019. Packets will be available for potential Board Members in August of the election year. For more information, please attend a Board meeting or contact the School Board Secretary, Brandy Coscarella, at 719-530-5406

November 2019 Election:​
Notice of Intent to be a Candidate for School Director:
Joel McBride
Joseph Smith
Jennifer Vistitacion

These are our seats up for election (all uncontested) and the two with no candidates will be appointed after the election:

District 4 (2 year term) Joe Smith

District 5 (2 year term) No Candidates

District 1 (4 year term) No Candidates

District 2 (4 year term) Jennifer Visitacion

At Large Seat (4 year term)-  Joel McBride

Also on the ballot:

Ballot Question 5A

Shall the property within the boundaries of Salida School District Number R32J be

included in the boundaries of the Colorado Mountain College District, and in so doing

expand the availability of low-cost college degrees and certificates; continuing education

and lifelong learning; tuition-free concurrent enrollment for high school students; and

skilled trades and industry-specific training, on behalf of the residents of the Salida

School District Number R32J?

Map of Combined Five Director Districts with Two At Large Seats *Adopted November 17, 2015

Thank you to the Board for all your hard work…

Board with students

 penny and jeannie at CASB

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