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By Candie Fix
Managing Editor 

School board members to be sworn in on Dec. 5


November 23, 2023

Haxtun voters elected five community members to serve four-year terms on the Haxtun School Board in elections earlier this month. Those five include incumbent Amy Kilgour and new members Ross Edwards, Trever Fix, Lee Salyards and Val Wilson. Edwards returns to the Board as an elected member after serving a short stint following an appointment to a vacant position several months ago.

The five new members will be sworn in during a Tuesday morning, Dec. 5 board of education meeting. At the same time, outgoing members Steven Hadeen, Richard Starkebaum and Abby Henry will be recognized for their service to the local school district.

Also at that meeting, the board will re-organize, electing a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Following re-organization, the board meeting will include regular business including certifying the mills. Board members will then travel to Colorado Springs to attend the Colorado School Board Conference to engage in work sessions to discuss the District’s strategic plan, values, graduate profile, superintendent’s role and evaluation tool and goals.

In addition to electing new school board members, voters passed 5B, allowing the Haxtun School District to pursue a BEST grant facilities addition project. Out of 701 total votes, 457 district voters voted in favor of 5B, 244 opposed it.

According to information from Haxtun School Superintendent Marsha Cody, the next step to move forward with the facilities addition and update is to determine the square footage of the new addition based upon Colorado Department of Education recommendations. This will be completed by Dec. 1. Once the scope is finalized, project information will be sent to contractors for estimating.

In January, the BEST grant application will be written and a project budget and schedule will be developed based on information received from contractors. The grant must be submitted to CDE by 4 p.m. on Feb. 5. From Feb. 6-April 18 the grant application is reviewed and published into the BEST Summary Book. The BEST Board reviews the applications through the summary book from April 18-May 13.

May 13-15, each application entity presents to the BEST Board resulting in the BEST Board prioritizing projects. The amount of funding allocated by the State determines the amount of projects funded based on this prioritized list.

The State Board of Education meets by June 20 to approve the BEST prioritized list. When the District is approved for a BEST grant, the design for the addition and remodeling will be developed in partnership with a team of stakeholders (the Design Advisory Group) and informed by feedback and insight from the community. Once a design is in place, construction documents will be created and reviewed by the State, a permit will be issued and construction will begin.

General scope of the project includes additions and renovations to the existing school: new Vo-Ag/ CTE space; new elementary and early childhood classrooms; new elementary/ auxiliary gym, locker rooms and weight room; and new centrally-located, shared-space including media arts center, kitchen and cafeteria.

The BEST Grant and match will also pay for demolition of the existing elementary school wing, admin area, cafeteria, kitchen, small elementary gym and existing Vo-Ag shop building.


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