Colorado BOCES Association Awards and Honors

2018-2019 CBA Award Recipients

The Colorado BOCES Association held their Annual CBA Summer Quarterly Meeting and Awards Banquet at The Denver Hotel in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on July 9-10, 2018.

All State Board Awards

This on-going award category was created by the Colorado BOCES Association in 1994-95. It is designed to recognize school district/BOCES Board Members who have made a sustained contribution both to districts and to their respective BOCES. Recipients are recognized for dedicated service to their respective local boards of education and for providing leadership, advocacy, and support for BOCES programs. The recipient’s support for cooperation among multiple districts, and a collaborative approach to problem solving and service to BOCES are very much appreciated.

Joe Caruso, Board Member – Pikes Peak  BOCES
Joe has been an integral part of the Fremont Re-2 School Districts successes. He is very involved in the workings of the district and highly supportive of the Superintendent. Under Joe’s leadership Fremont Re-2 has grown significantly both academically and financially. 
As the Pikes Peak BOCES Vice President and the President for the last 2 ½ years, Joe has taken on a very supportive role. He is very involved in all aspects of the Pikes Peak BOCES. He has created an atmosphere where all BOCES employees feel supported and valued. With the high turnover of employees at the PP BOCES the moral of the employees has been very low. With Joe’s leadership and genuine interest in the BOCES as a whole, the staff morale is at an all-time high. He also takes an active role in budget preparation and watches to ensure the BOCES is operating as efficiently as possible.
Joe Caruso is a quality board member for his home district of Fremont Re-2 and for the Pikes Peak BOC ES. With that said, I fell like Joe is very deserving of this prestigious award.
Respectfully,
Pat Bershinsky
Executive Director
Pikes Peak BOCES 

Roy G. Brubacher Award

This on-going award category was created by the Colorado BOCES Association in 1994-95. It is designed to recognize school district/BOCES Board Members who have made a sustained contribution both to districts and to their respective BOCES. Recipients are first recognized for dedicated service to their respective local boards of education. Secondly, recipients are recognized for providing leadership, advocacy, and support for BOCES programs. The recipient’s support for cooperation among multiple districts, and a collaborative approach to problem solving are appreciated.

Left to Right:  Moria Hawks, Jarred Masterson, East Central BOCES and Arlene Salyards and Bret Miles, Northeast BOCES

 

The award is to recognize outstanding leadership at the regional, state, or national level. Without question, their leadership has impacted school districts in our region, across our state, and even at a national level.

Arlene and Jarred, working closely with colleagues Tim Mills and Denise Shorey, changed the landscape for contracting with Internet service providers. Undeterred by previous setbacks, they led with optimism and vision to keep striving for a situation where the small, remote school districts could get Internet pricing equal to any large, affluent, front range school district.

Arlene, Jarred and crew created a large network of districts to rebid Internet services. Most of these districts had never had a second provider bid on services, and now were seeing many compete to bring Internet to the schools. The result was significantly more bandwidth for a significantly lower price.

BOCES are built on the spirit of cooperation. They looked beyond one BOCES, and reached out to others demonstrating visionary leadership, the ability to bring people together, and the persistence to overcome obstacles. These are all traits oftrue leaders. Their efforts have impacted instruction, communication, and budgets. They also paved the way for others in the state to follow, and have been traveling to get others started using their recipe.

Arlene and Jarred are truly deserving of this leadership award. They have lived out the mission of a BOCES making things better by working together. Please give Arlene and Jarred the utmost consideration for this prestigious award.

Meritorious Service Award

Representative Hamner served in the House between 2011 and 2018. She is the former Superintendent of Summit County Schools, and a former teacher in Eagle County.  While in the legislature, she served as chair of the House Education Committee and served on the Joint Budget Committee for four years, twice as chair.

House District 61 encompasses Summit, Lake, Pitkin, and parts of Delta and Gunnison counties.

She sponsored many different K-12 education bills during her tenure in the House addressing educator shortages, funding constraints, and program efficacy.

2018 Session:

  •             HB 18-1393, Modifications to Increase Effectiveness of the READ Act
  •             SB 18-225, Definition of Early College High School
  •             HB 18-1332, Collaborative Educator Prep Program Grants
  •             HB 18-1002, Rural School District Teaching Fellowship Program

Prior Sessions:

  • SB 15-235, Increasing Appropriations for School Lunches
  • SB 14-150, Expanding School Counselor Corp Grant Program
  • SB 13-002, Designate BOCES as Local Education Agencies (allowing BOCES to receive federal and state grants).

In addition to her support for education during her role on the JBC (where she was chair or vice chair every year), she also addressed long-term budget issues that helped the entire state budget.  In 2018 alone, she sponsored legislation to increase the state General Fund reserve and set aside money to help stabilize PERA.

Most importantly, her top priority remains the reduction of the budget stabilization factor (formerly the negative factor).   She sponsored legislation in 2014 to reduce the BS factor by $152 million, and this year, as chair of the JBC, she set aside $150 million to reduce the BS factor.  Over a billion dollars when she was sworn in, the BS factor is now $672 million.

As a member and chair of the Joint Budget Committee and her role on the House Education Committee, Representative Hamner has been a great and loyal supporter of BOCES and our member districts (especially rural districts).

As a member and chair of the JBC, Representative Hamner has always supported the HB-1345 Appropriation to the BOCES each year.  In addition to strongly supporting the original HB-1345 legislation, Dr. Hamner provided annual leadership and strong support for funding for the HB-1345 each year.

Dr. Millie Hamner is very deserving of the Meritorious Service Award.

Roy G. Brubacher Award

This on-going award category was created by the Colorado BOCES Association in 1994-95. It is designed to recognize school district/BOCES Board Members who have made a sustained contribution both to districts and to their respective BOCES. Recipients are first recognized for dedicated service to their respective local boards of education. Secondly, recipients are recognized for providing leadership, advocacy, and support for BOCES programs. The recipient’s support for cooperation among multiple districts, and a collaborative approach to problem solving are appreciated.

Representative McLachlan is completing her first term.  Prior to her election, she served as an English teacher at Durango High School.

House District 59 contains La Plata, Archuleta, Hinsdale, Ouray, San Juan, and part of Gunnison counties.

In 2017, she sponsored two major pieces of education legislation, both of which passed:

  • HB 17-1176, PERA retirees employed by local school districts, allowing retired educators to resume teaching without a reduction in PERA benefits. This bill has allowed a number of rural school districts to fill long-time vacant positions.
  • HB 17-1003, Strategic Plan to Address Educator Shortages. This report, completed by the Departments of Education and Higher Education in December 2017, led to a number of bills being introduced and passed in 2018 to address educator shortages.

In 2018, Rep. McLachlan passed the following bills:

  • HB 18-1193, Extending the Advanced Placement Incentive Program to 2021.
  • SB 18-085, Financial Incentives for Education in Rural Areas. This is a key bill for rural schools and BOCES because it accommodates special service providers in addition to teachers.
  • SB 18-272, Creating a Crisis and Suicide Prevention Training Grant within CDPHE.

In addition, she sponsored a number of other bills in 2018 that although not successful raised important issues.

  • HB 18-1367, Leadership Professional Development for Principals
  • HB 18-1416, Student Suicide Prevention Grant Program
  • SB 18-147, Educator Loan Forgiveness Program
  • SB 18-114, Suicide Prevention Enhance Student Life Skills

In her short time in the State House of Representatives, Representative McLachlan has demonstrated strong leadership and support for BOCES and school districts (especially rural school districts and rural BOCES).

We look forward to her may years of service in the future and the opportunity to work with her to support rural school districts and BOCES.

Roy G. Brubacher Award

This on-going award category was created by the Colorado BOCES Association in 1994-95. It is designed to recognize school district/BOCES Board Members who have made a sustained contribution both to districts and to their respective BOCES. Recipients are first recognized for dedicated service to their respective local boards of education. Secondly, recipients are recognized for providing leadership, advocacy, and support for BOCES programs. The recipient’s support for cooperation among multiple districts, and a collaborative approach to problem solving are appreciated.