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School board sets public forum to discuss facilities

On Tuesday night, the board of education of Archuleta School District 50 Joint did not discuss whether or not to pursue a bond initiative — again — but rather discussed the need for community engagement in considering the state of the district’s school facilities.

To those ends, the board decided to schedule a special meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. in the Pagosa Springs Junior High School library.

Topics of that public forum will include whether to restart efforts related to facility improvement; consider a highly participatory process that includes community participation in A) the design and leadership process via a Strategic Guidance Committee, and B) the development and consideration of the options for facilities via a Citizen Input Committee, and C) develop and discuss a list of candidates to participate on the Strategic Guidance Committee.

At Tuesday’s meeting, District Superintendent Mark DeVoti presented an action item to the board asking the directors to consider community participation on how the district should proceed in dealing with facilities, but wrote in an action item, “The board is not being asked to a approve a recommendation for a bond election, a date for a bond election, or a specific facility plan. They are only being asked if they want to proceed, and if so, to proceed with a highly participate community process.”

The board approved DeVoti’s action item, scheduling the public forum for Jan. 17, but did not specify any particular format for the discussion.

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