Alamosa School representatives attend CASB Day at the Capitol

ALAMOSA — Erica Romero, president of the Alamosa Board of Education, Arlan VanRy, BOE member and Alamosa School District Superintendent Rob Alejo spent Wednesday, April 5 at the Colorado capitol meeting with legislators from the San Luis Valley to inform them of the school board’s legislative priorities.

CASB Day at the Capitol is an event arranged by the Colorado Association of School Boards. Matt Cook, the organization’s director of policy and advocacy, helps school board members navigate the capitol and assists in arranging meetings.

The Alamosa representatives talked with Rep. Donald Valdez, D-Pueblo and Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa. There are a number of bills still under discussion, including some that are key to small and rural school districts. Cook said school board members are important voices in advocating on education issues because they are well known and well respected in their communities.

As a bonus, Romero was accompanied by her daughters Sofia and Emilia Romero who had the honor of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran. The girls got an up-close look at the capitol, the General Assembly and House and Senate chambers, and Romero called it a “special experience."

Pictured are Rob Alejo, Emilia, Sofia and Erica Romero and Arlan VanRy.