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BEST school program faces changes

Posted: Thursday, Nov 14th, 2013

Kathy Gebhardt

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — Attorney Kathy Gebhardt, who was the lead counselor for the plaintiffs in the Valley bred Lobato vs. State of Colorado case, told the San Luis Valley Superintendents Advisory Council (SAC) on Tuesday during its regular monthly meeting the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program is undergoing some changes that might alter the future of new Colorado schools.

Several Valley school districts have benefitted from the program over the past five years, and the South Conejos School District, Creede School District and the Moffat School District all passed matching fund bond initiatives earlier this month to bring three more new schools to the area.

Established in 2008, BEST provides an annual amount of funding in the form of competitive grants to school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative educational services and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, according to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). BEST funds can be used for the construction of new schools as well as general construction and renovation of existing school facility systems and structures. The goal of the BEST Program is to provide first class, high performing, 21st century facilities and help alleviate health and safety concerns throughout the state.

For the complete article see the 11-14-2013 issue.

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