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.

August 15, 2017 Board Fall Retreat Work Session 8am-4pm at 355 E Rainbow Blvd Salida CO 81201
Talking Points (in no particular order) to Include:

-          Embargoed (?) scores
-          Property/Capital Inventory
-          Parking Lot Discussion/Non-actionable Plan in place?
-          Strategic Plan/Focused Work for 2017/18
-          Evaluation Scope and Expectations
-          Initial student #s and growth/Future options
-          Way-too-early budget #s and CBT Q&A

September 12, 2017 Work Session 4pm followed by  Regular Board Meeting 6pm

October 10, 2017 Regular Board Meeting 6pm

November 14, 2017 Regular Board Meeting 6pm

CASB Conference Nov 29-Dec 2, 2017 Colorado Springs

December 12, 2017 Regular Board Meeting 6pm

Collaborative Bargaining Team- in the Kesner Board Room:

None Scheduled for CBT



Penny Wilken (2015-2017)

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

Lori Isenberger (2015-2017)
Cheri Post (2015-2017)

Elizabeth Gay Dewberry-Hahn (2013-17)

Kyle Earhart (2013-17)

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


Board Elections

Board Elections are held biannually. The next Board elections will be in November 2017. 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

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


 Information for potential School Board Members/ Nov 7, 2017 Election

Five out of seven school board seats will be voted upon this November.  The five open seats include District 1, 3, 4, and 5, along with an at large seat. Districts 3, 4, 5 and the at large district will all be four year terms. District 1 will be a 2 year term. District 1, currently served by Penny Wilken; District 3, currently served by Lori Isenberger and Cheri Post (one of these seats will transition to “at large”); District 4, currently served by Gay Hahn; and District 5, currently served by Kyle Earhart will all be up for election. No Directors are term limited at this time.

Salida School District continues to work within the framework of the strategic plan and has identified four main areas of focus including: financial planning, issues around growth, master facilities planning, and continued improvement in Human Resources. “These are big priorities and it is important to bring on board members who see the importance of this work and can help carry it forward to the next level.”

Salida School Board Directors serve on various committees and as liaisons to the staff and community while managing the matters of the district at regular monthly Board meetings.

Colorado Association of School Boards has helpful information about the work of a school board member which can be found in a printed handbook (which will be available to view at the ​ Salida Q and A on June 6th) and on their website  The handbook outlines key factors for effective boards of education:

-             Lead strategically

-             Relate well with the superintendent

-             Work effectively as a governing body

-             Oversee district personnel actions and decisions

-             Oversee district’s academic program

-             Make sound and responsible fiscal decisions

-             Oversee and invest in district facilities

-             Assure the health and wellness of students and staff

-             Advocate

-             Make decisions based upon the long-term, systematic impact of their actions

-             Engage the public in district matters

-             Develop, implement, and monitor sound, understandable policy

Effective board members have two different roles, which require two different sets of skills.  One is to represent individual philosophy that is consistent with the voices of the community.  The second is to work with the other board members as a governing board to provide direction based on community values

The School Board will host an informal Question and Answer work session from 5:15 to 5:55 pm ​on June 6, 2017 before their next Regular Meeting.

Anyone considering running for Salida School Board is encouraged to contact school board members and the Superintendent for more information.  Candidates for school board must pick up a petition from the Salida School District Central Administrative Offices (CAO) at the Kesner Building 349 E 9th St. /Salida which will be available on August 9.  They need to be returned to Central Administration Office with 50 signatures from eligible voters registered within Salida School District Boundaries.

For more information, please contact Brandy Coscarella, Salida School Board Assistant at 530-5406.

Thank you to the Board for all your hard work…

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