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Capital Construction Assistance Board (CCAB)

General Information

In 2008, the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board was created within the Colorado Department of Education. The Capital Construction Assistance Board (CCAB) was given powers and duties described throughout C.R.S.22-43.7. The CCAB is composed of nine appointed members, which include: 1 public school board member; 1 public school superintendent; 2 school facilities planners or managers; 1 architect; 1 engineer; 1 construction manager; 1 school technology expert; and 1 public school finance expert.

None of the CCAB members shall hold any state elective office, and shall serve for terms of two years with a maximum of three consecutive terms.

CCAB Meeting Information

Upcoming CCAB Meetings, Times & Locations:

August 27, 2014  - 1:00 p.m. Location: 890 Auraria Parkway, Suite 440A, Denver 80204

September 24, 2014  - 1:00 p.m. Location: 201 E. Colfax Avenue, Room 101, Denver, CO 80203

October 22, 2014  - 1:00 p.m. Location: 201 E. Colfax Avenue, Room 101, Denver, CO 80203

November 26, 2014  - 1:00 p.m. Location: 201 E. Colfax Avenue, Room 101, Denver, CO 80203


View Archived Meeting Minutes and Agendas

View CCAB Rules, Resolutions, Powers and Duties

If you would like to contact the Assistance Board, send them an email here. 


Capital Construction Assistance Board Members


Lyndon Burnett - Board Chair

School Board Member, Appointed by the State Board

Lyndon Burnett is currently the school board president for Agate School District 300. His previous work experience includes: 1972-1976 Worked part time for Gene White Electric Company while attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. In 1976 worked for Brown & Root Construction Company for six months while obtaining Texas Real Estate License. 1977-1980, Sold residential Real Estate and then solicited residential mortgages. 1981-1983, Loan Officer for D. Ansley Company, Inc. a subsidiary of Frost Bank in San Antonio, Texas. Served as Real Estate Broker for the company and the job consisted of making commercial loans in the South Texas market for a variety of nationwide life insurance companies. 1983-1993, Owned and operated Burnett Properties Company in San Antonio, Texas selling commercial, residential, and farm & ranch properties. 1993 to present, Manager of J & V Diller Ranch LLC, a family owned cattle operation. Still semi-active in Real Estate as Lyndon D. Burnett, Broker since 1993 in Colorado.

Vacant - Board Vice-Chair

School Facilities Planner/Manager, Appointed by the State Board

John Conklin

District Architect, Appointed by the Governor

John Conklin is a licensed professional Architect with over 35 years of experience in project design, project management and public school district owner representative services. A significant number of John's projects have included K-12 public schools. Thirteen years of John's professional career included working with both Jefferson County Public Schools as Coordinating Architect (7 years), and Douglas County School District as Project Manager (6 years). Both positions involved providing professional owner's representative services for all types of K-12 public school projects, from facility assessments, through establishment of project scopes and budgets, architectural and engineering consultant selection, project programming and design, bidding, construction administration, project closeout and warranty services. John's most recent work while with Douglas County School District was managing the writing and submittal of the CDE BEST grant application for life safety upgrades at Douglas County High School. The submittal of this grant application resulted in the successful matching grant award by CDE, and followed with John's management of the design and construction of the life safety upgrades with the architectural consultant and construction firms. 

After leaving Douglas County School District in December 2012, John is now providing professional services as a consulting architect to architectural firms and building product manufacturers.


Kathy Gebhardt

Public School Finance Expertise, Appointed by the President of the Senate

Kathy Gebhardt's practice is focused exclusively on advocacy to ensure equal access to public education. After practicing law in private firms for nearly 20 years, she, along with Alex Halpern, founded Children's Voices, Inc. Kathy has handled complex and class action litigation. She was lead co-counsel in Giardino v. State of Colorado, which challenged the funding structure for capital construction in Colorado. The settlement of the case led to the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) legislation. Kathy works closely with education advocacy and policy groups to help educate the public as to the challenges that must be overcome to achieve access to a quality public education.

Kathy is a member of the Board of Directors for Great Education Colorado, Rural and Community Trust, and Colorado Lawyers Committee. She is a past board member of the Alliance for Quality Teaching. She has worked as a consultant with the Education in the Public Interest Center in Boulder, Colorado. She received her law degree from the University of Denver College of Law and her bachelor of arts degree from Lewis and Clark College.

Ken Haptonstall

Public School Superintendent, Appointed by the State Board

Current Superintendent of Garfield County School District 16

Denise Pearson

School Facilities Planner/Manager, Appointed by the Speaker of the House

Denise Pearson is currently superintendent for the Elbert County School District C-2 (Kiowa Schools).  Her previous work experience includes:  A career of 30 years at US WEST (now CenturyLink) as a multi-state manager, responsible for regional computerization; a Department of Defense liaison for bases located within the corporate territory; a manager of international proposal services for US WEST International, and headed proprietary computer services for US WEST Dex as it related to IT development and customer service operations.  After retirement, she was a substitute teacher at Kiowa Schools; followed by business manager and then superintendent since 2009.  As a volunteer, she was elected as a Board Member for 10 years of service for the North Central Fire Protection District where she lead a bond effort to build a new addition to the fire station and oversaw its construction.  She wrote numerous grants for them, two of which purchased an ambulance and fire truck.  She received her BA from the University of Colorado.

Tim Reed

Construction Manager, Appointed by the Governor

Tim Reed is an architectural graduate of the University of Illinois, a Colorado Licensed Architect and Certified Energy Manager.  Currently, the Executive Director of Facilities and Construction Management and is responsible for building and site maintenance, environmental and custodial services, planning, property, energy and construction.  Jefferson County Schools is the largest school district in Colorado with nearly 85,000 students and a real estate portfolio of over 12 million square feet.  Previously, Tim served as Director of Planning and Property managing Jeffco Schools’ asset database, enrollment projections, energy and property management and participating in the development and implementation of capital improvement programs.  Jeffco Schools was awarded a BEST grant for a wastewater transport system serving the District’s Conifer schools that Tim authored.  He has served as the District’s primary contact to the Rocky Mountain Deaf School, a Jeffco Schools’ charter, and BEST grant recipient. 

Prior to joining Jeffco Schools, Tim had a successful architectural practice that included numerous K12 projects, as well as commercial and institutional work.


David Tadlock

Technology Expertise, Appointed Jointly by the Minority Leaders of the House & Senate

David Tadlock has over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications, data communications and physical security industries.  He has worked for multi-national companies and had local ownership in a family business serving private, charter, and public schools districts, as well as many other industries.  He has built, designed, and implemented the networks for thousands of organizations nationwide during his career.

Matt Throop

District Engineer, Appointed by the Governor

Matt Throop is the current District Engineer for Weld County School District 6, which serves more than 19,000 students and 25 K-12 buildings.  Matt holds degrees in Civil and Biomedical Engineering from Michigan Technological University with research focused in sustainable concrete design. 

Since 2011 Matt has been an active member of the USGBC Colorado Chapter, as well as the Colorado Association of School District Energy Managers (CASDEM) and is currently vice president for the Colorado School Plant Managers Association (CSPMA).  Sustainable design, healthy living, and continued education are the motivations that encourage Matt to continually strive to make Colorado Schools the best in the nation.  

Matt currently lives in Berthoud, CO with his Fiancé Leona and dog Gryff.  In his spare time, Matt enjoys working with a local craft distiller and brewer helping to grow the business sector of Berthoud. 


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