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The CDE Scoop - June 6, 2012

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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Capital Construction


Planning Assistance Available for Building Excellent Schools Today

Does your school facility have capital improvement needs? The Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program can assist with funding capital improvement needs through an annual competitive matching grant program.

The summer/early fall months are ideal months for planning. The next grant cycle opens in December. Each district in Colorado has an assigned technical assistance consultant that can answer questions about the BEST program.
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For More Information, Contact:
Kristin Lortie
Capital Construction
Phone: 303-866-6184
Email: lortie_k@cde.state.co.us


Exceptional Student Services


Q&A Available on Statutory Changes to Disability Categories

A question and answer document prepared by CDE ESSU staff, with input from the Special Education Directors’ Consortium, Colorado Association of School Boards, and Rural BOCES Association, was created to answer key questions about legislation regarding the adoption and implementation of H.B. 11-1277, changes to disability categories. The document can be found at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Tanni Anthony
Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 303 866-6681
Email: anthony_t@cde.state.co.us


Federal Programs


NCLB Consolidated Application is Open

The Consolidated Application is now available online for districts and BOCES at the link below. Preliminary allocations and budget files at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdefisgrant/NCLB_download.htm. As in previous years, the Consolidated Application and budget is due June 30.

On August 15, 2012, the Title I-A School Designation (Not Served- NS, Targeted Assistance program- TA, Schoolwide program-SW) table in the application will lock and districts will not be able to make any changes. This is an earlier date than first announced but is necessary in order to comply with the waiver the state was granted by the USDE.

Federal Programs and Grants Fiscal consultants will host office hours to answer your questions. To ask a question, call: 1-877-233-9952 at the following times:
o Wednesday, June 6 from 9 to 10:00 a.m.
o Thursday, June 7 from 1 to 2 p.m.
o Tuesday, June 19 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
o Wednesday, June 20 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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For More Information, Contact:
Cheryl Miller
Federal Programs
Phone: 303-866-6214
Email: consolidatedapplications@cde.state.co.su


Health, Wellness & Nutrition


More on the New School Meal Patterns

Starting in school year 2012-13, schools participating in the USDA’s School Meal Programs are required to meet new nutrition standards for breakfast and lunch meals. As more schools offer a wider variety of menu choices and salad or fruit/vegetable bars to students, it is important to ensure the meal schedule allows adequate time for children to eat and enjoy their meals. The New Meal Pattern promotes age-appropriate meals. Scheduling grades 6-8 and 9-12 lunch periods separately may help to support the foodservice department in meeting the new guidelines.
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For More Information, Contact:
Brehan Riley
School Nutrition
Phone: 303-866-6299
Email: riley_b@cde.state.co.us


Library


Last Call for Ebsco Database Requests for the Summer

Schools that currently subscribe or wish to subscribe to the state’s Ebsco package of databases are reminded to complete an order form by June 15 for the coming year (July 2012 thru June 2013). Schools that do not submit an order form will lose access on July 1.

Orders will be accepted throughout the summer and fall from *any* school that would like to take advantage of this inexpensive resource. The databases will be activated once a completed request form is received.
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For More Information, Contact:
Jim Duncan or Lisa Priebe
State Library
Phone: 303.866.6900 |or| 303.422.1150
Email: lpriebe@clicweb.org or duncan_j@cde.state.co.us


News & Notes


Read the June Edition of the CDE Update

The June edition of the CDE Update is available at the link below. The Update provides a brief snapshot of the state's most significant education initiatives and key implementation milestones.

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For More Information, Contact:
CDE Communications Office
Phone: 303-866-2334
Email: CDE _Communications_Office@cde.state.co.us



2012 CDE Summer Symposia Registration Still Open for Denver

The 2012 CDE Summer Symposia, a two day learning opportunity facilitated by CDE, assists schools and districts in unifying their work around Colorado's reform agenda.

-Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 & 20 in Denver

To register, and for additional information regarding the CDE Summer Symposia please go to the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Liz Lenz
Office of the Associate Commissioner
Phone: (303) 866-5648
Email: lenz_e@cde.state.co.us


School Finance


Preliminary ECEA Allocations Posted

The Preliminary ECEA Allocations for Special Ed and Gifted and Talented are now posted on the web. Initial payments of 90 percent for Special Ed and 60 percent of Gifted and Talented will be made in September. Final Allocations for ECEA Special Ed will be calculated after the 1st of the year, and the remaining 10 percent and 40 percent payments will be made at that time.
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For More Information, Contact:
Vicki Graham or David Ferris
Grants Fiscal
Phone: 303-866-6129 or 303-866-6911
Email: graham_v@cde.state.co.us or ferris_d@cde.state.co.us



NCLB FY 12-13 Budgets Available

FY 12-13 NCLB Consolidated Budgets are now available on the Grants Fiscal website at the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Robert Hawkins or Martin Petrov or Debbie Wolfe
Phone: 303-866-6775 or 303-866-6389 or 303-866-6724
Email: hawkins_r@cde.state.co.us or petrov_m@cde.state.co.us or wolfe_d@cde.state.co.us



NCLB FY 12-13 Budget Webinars

CDE's Grants Fiscal Management Unit will host Consolidated Application Budget webinars for FY 12-13. All sessions will be recorded and posted to the Grants Fiscal website.

When: Thursday, June 7 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Conference Room Number: 866.386.5651
To join the meeting: http://connect.enetcolorado.org/gfm3/
No registration is needed to attend this webinar.

For More Information, Contact:
Robert Hawkins or Martin Petrov or Debbie Wolfe
Phone: 303-866-6775 or 303-866-6389 or 303-866-6724
Email: hawkins_r@cde.state.co.us or petrov_m@cde.state.co.us or wolfe_d@cde.state.co.us


State Board of Education


State Board of Education Agenda Highlights for June 13

The Colorado State Board of Education will hold its June board meeting on Wednesday, June 13. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the first-floor board room at the Colorado Department of Education offices, 201 E. Colfax Ave., in Denver.

Highlights:

Morning
-Recognition of Colorado’s Outstanding Students

Afternoon
-Rulemaking Hearings including:
¨ Repeal of Rules for the Administration of Colorado Data Reporting for School Accreditation
¨ Revisions to Alternative Education Campuses Rules
¨ Revisions to Education Accountability Rules

-San Juan BOCES Integration Project Report

-Commissioner’s Report: Strategic Priorities

Times are approximate and may change. Audio for the state board meeting is streamed live during the meeting at http://www.cde.state.co.us/index_sbe.htm. To view a detailed agenda including support documents, visit the link below.
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For More Information, Contact:
Office of the State Board of Education
Phone: 303-866-6817
Email: state.board@cde.state.co.us






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