Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) will host its 73rd annual Delegate Assembly in Denver Oct. 12. A long list of resolutions will be considered, including several submitted by member school districts.
Others were drafted in anticipation of educational issues the state Legislature may consider during its next session.
According to CASB, the Delegate Assembly provides direction to help ensure CASB represents the interests of school boards before state and national policymakers.
Members of the Delta County School Board reviewed the proposed resolutions and discussed the appointment of a voting delegate at a special meeting Friday, Sept. 27.
School board member Kathy Svenson objected to the use of the word "democracy" to describe our form of government in a resolution about the cost of conducting elections. She made a motion the word be changed to "republic" but was voted down 3-2 after several audience members used their smartphones to look up the definition of democracy.
Another CASB resolution calls upon local school boards to ask their voters to remove term limits. Several school board members said they stand behind the two-term limit but understand small school districts may have a shortage of willing candidates, and in those school districts eliminating term limits could be a practical solution.
Svenson, who had carefully read the long list of resolutions, questioned how the state can be asked to fund all-day kindergarten when it's already struggling to maintain current funding for K-12 education.
The wording of several other resolutions was sorted out with the help of district administration. In the end, the majority of school board members agreed with the resolutions as presented.
Each member school board can send one voting delegate to participate in the debate and take action on the resolutions. Kathy Svenson was willing to be that delegate, but other school board members were concerned her "politics" would overshadow school board consensus.
"You have to represent the board," school board member Tammy Smith said. "You have to keep politics out of it."
"I agreed that's what I have to do as a school board member in the first place," Svenson said. "I will support what the board supports, and I will not share my personal views."
Other school board members were not convinced, however, and voted 3-2 against sending a voting delegate to the assembly. Kathy Svenson and Pete Blair were in favor of appointing a delegate.
Cheryl Hines, who is completing her second four-year term on the school board, said Delta County has not sent a delegate to the assembly for seven years because they have not been able to find someone who could leave their personal views behind and represent the entire board.
Jan Tuin pointed out since the school board is in agreement with the resolutions, Delta County's vote would have little impact anyway. The district will also save the expense of sending a delegate to the Front Range.
Before moving to discussion of the Crawford-Montessori proposal, school board president Pete Blair said the 3-2 votes indicate school board members are putting a lot of thought into their decisions, and not just going with the "status quo."blog comments powered by Disqus