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Centennial BOCES

 

Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) are an important and vital part of the public educational system in Colorado. BOCES services are those needed by children, their families, and school personnel, which can be more efficiently provided across school districts - examples include services to support special education needs and professional development for educators. Colorado's BOCES (or Educational Services agencies) are unique in that they are an extension of the local member school districts. A BOCES in Colorado exists at the discretion of its members and provides only those programs and services authorized by its members.

 

Centennial BOCES, or Board of Cooperative Educational Services, is a cooperative agency that provides educational services to school districts across northern Colorado. The pooled resources at BOCES allow for more educational opportunities in small, rural districts that may not be able to afford some services on their own, and in larger districts that would like to partake in educational innovation.

 

Services Provided: Alternative Principal Licensure Program (APLP); Alternative Teacher Licensure Program (ATLP); College and Career Resources; Mandatory Reporting Training for Adults; Mandatory Reporting Training for Youth; Media Library

Member Districts: Briggsdale RE-10; Brush RE2J; Eaton RE-2; Morgan County RE-3; Estes Park R-3; Pawnee RE-12; Platte Valley RE-7; Prairie RE-11; Valley RE-1 - Sterling; St. Vrain Valley RE-1J; Weld RE-1; Weld RE-9; Weldon Valley RE-20J; Wiggins RE-50J

Students served by member districts: 51,486

Link to BOCES website:https://www.cboces.org/

 

Federal Stimulus Funding for Centennial BOCES


How much funding went to Centennial BOCES?

ESSER I (CARES Act): $126,281

Addressing the immediate crisis
Expenditures allowed through Sept. 30, 2022

ESSER II (CRRS Act): $278,723

Providing stability and managing the health crisis

Expenditures allowed through Sept. 30, 2023

ESSER III (ARP Act): $407,497

Recovery and acceleration

Expenditures allowed through Sept. 30, 2024
Use of Funds Plan

Other Stimulus Funds: $482,091
A partnership between the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado, UNC, and CSU to improve student and family outcomes for migrant families.



State Funding Facts for Centennial BOCES

Since 2009-10, the state has not been able to fully meet its constitutional obligation to equalize funding for school districts and the loss in state share has been tracked by the Budget Stabilization Factor (formerly known as the Negative Factor).   
 

Loss in state share for the 2020-21 school year: ($55,608,546)

Loss in state share for the 2021-22 school year: ($27,781,932)

Cumulative loss in state share since 2009-10: ($524,734,211)

 

How are students being supported through the use of federal stimulus dollars?
The federal stimulus dollars are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to support our students and to address the multi-year effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision on how to spend federal pandemic recovery resources is inherently and intentionally local as school communities are best equipped to identify and address their most urgent local needs in order to:

     Create safe and healthy learning environments

     Address lost instructional time

     Meet mental health needs of students and staff

     Support educators and staff stability and well-being

 

In addition to mitigating the effects of the pandemic, the shortfall in state funding to Colorado schools during the 2020-21 school year doubled and the one-time federal stimulus funds helped to temporarily mitigate the significant loss in funding to school districts. As Colorado spends less on education per student than most other states, a teacher shortage existed before the pandemic making it difficult for school districts to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers. While all the one-time federal stimulus dollars will expire by September 30, 2024, they have supported local students and communities weather the effects of the pandemic.

 

ESSER I funds provided vital resources to districts and BOCES to address the social and economic disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak that impacted all school districts starting in March 2020. The decision on how to spend federal pandemic recovery resources is inherently and intentionally local as school communities are best equipped to identify and address their most urgent local needs. The top uses of ESSER I funds for Centennial BOCES are provided in the link below.

 

Click here to learn more about Centennial BOCES's ESSER I Investment Priorities