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Poudre School District Board Meeting 9/12/2023

by Matthew Liberati

Agency descriptor from The Poudre School Board of Education website: The Board of Education is the elected body that sets policy and governance for the school district. Board Directors are voted on at large. Voters vote for one candidate from each director district that is open during the general election.

Meeting Summary*

The district wide production of Mama Mia from this summer was recognized. The production allowed participants to grow in various ways and provided direct benefits to literacy, mental health and graduating with options.

The district externship program for teachers was recognized. Educator Externship Program | Poudre School District ( 15 educators spent 40 hours working at a business to learn new skills and experiences to apply to the classroom and highlight potential careers for students.

Community comments included a teacher stating training for the new elementary reading curriculum was not effective and teachers need time to prepare. Additional comments focused on increased needs for transparency, potential conflicts of interest with the Colorado Association of School Boards, accommodations for the disabled community to view district materials and to have adequate and appropriate braille signage

School Resource Officer (SRO) Presentation: Overall SRO contacts have gone down over 500 incidents over the last 5 years. The top 3 actions after School Resource Officers are involved in incidents are mentoring, no charges and referral to school. Mentoring had the largest increase in the 22/23 school year. An SRO feedback form is available School Resource Officer Program | Poudre School District ( It has not been used since it went live in the Spring of 2022. SRO goals for the year include traffic safety around elementary schools, community engagement outside of school, and a data tracker for SRO teaching hours.

An executive session was called to discuss 1 district strategies for the 2024-2025 collective bargaining agreement/employee contracts and 2 legal advice on specific legal questions regarding possible litigation around a former bus paraprofessional attendant

Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 26, 2023 @ 6:30 p.m., Johannsen Support Services Center, 2407 Laporte Avenue, Fort Collins

​Agency Website:

Date & Meeting Time:

Sept. 12, 2023; 6:30 PM

Members Present:

President District F, Rob Petterson, Vice President District C, Kristen Draper, DJ Anderson District A, Nate Donovan District B, Jim Brokish District D, Carolyn Redd District E, Jessica Zamore, District G

Members Absent:


Others Present to Note:

Kelly Lyell Coloradoan Education Reporter

*Citizen Observers further the commitment of the League of Women Voters to its principle of Citizens Right to Know, however, we are not acting as journalists. Omissions and errors are possible. It is assumed that users of this information are responsible for their own fact-checking. This could include contacting a government clerk, conversing with an elected official or staff, and/or asking us to speak to the Observer who attended.

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