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 14, 2017- Work Session re:Interviews for District 4 Seat followed by 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:

Fri Oct 13, 2017 8am – 3:50pm



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

Press Release (October 17, 2017)

The Board of Education of Salida School District R-32-J reminds all voters in the Salida School District of the upcoming election. Ballots should be arriving in the mail soon. In 2015 voters changed the representation boundaries for the Salida School Board and this is the first election to reflect those changes. There are now five director districts and two “at large” seats. Two seats are not up for election until 2019.

The November 2017 election will have three unopposed seats-

Kyle Earhart- District 5 (4 years) Unopposed

Cheri Post- District 3 (4 years) Unopposed

Penny Wilken- District 1 (2 years) Unopposed

The at large seat is a race between Lori Isenberger and Jeannie Peters. This is a 4 year term.

All electors in the Salida School District can vote for each director seat.

The Board of Education of Salida School District R-32-J is anticipating a vacancy on the Board of Education after the November 7, 2017 election. In accordance with state law, the Board will declare a vacancy in school director district 4 at the Regular Meeting on November 14, 2017.

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, 2017.

2. The Board will interview prospective candidates on November 14, 2017 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 4), 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 will serve until the next regular school biennial election in November 2019.

5. The Board of Education plans to appoint persons to fill this vacancy at its Regular Meeting scheduled on December 12, 2017. This Appointee will be eligible to attend the Colorado Association of School Boards conference Nov 30-Dec 2, 2017.

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, 2017.


Notice of Intent from 2017 School Board Candidates:

Kyle Earhart- District 5 (4 years) Unopposed

Lori Isenberger- At Large (4 years) v. Jeannie Peters- At Large (4 years)

Cheri Post- District 3 (4 years) Unopposed

Penny Wilken- District 1 (2 years) Unopposed


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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