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Facility Schools Model Workgroup

Facility Schools Model Workgroup

Background Information

During the 2021 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed Senate Bill 21-274 (PDF), Sustainable Model to Serve Facility Students. The bill created a workgroup to identify a potential sustainable model that is not embedded in the child welfare system, to better serve students along the continuum for services, and to address the insufficient capacity for services across the state. The act outlines membership in the workgroup, as well as duties of the workgroup. The workgroup must submit a report of its recommendations to the department, and the Commissioner must submit the report to the Joint Budget Committee.

We want your input!

The Senate Bill 21-274 Facility Schools Model Workgroup is looking for input from families, parents, guardians, current/former students, as well as educational advocates.

The Workgroup would like to hear about first-hand experiences- both positive and opportunities for growth- when educational needs exceeded what was available in a traditional classroom setting. These experiences could have taken place in a variety of placements including in-district or out-of-district and/or facility, program, service, or individual-based. The Workgroup is also looking for input based on experiences when appropriate services were not available either in or out of the district. If you are willing to provide input, please click on the link below to complete a short survey. The survey is available in English and Spanish – if you need this survey in another language, please utilize the Google Translate option found at the bottom of the webpage. The survey will be available through April 15. If you need further assistance please contact the Office of Facility Schools at

2021-2022 Meeting Dates and Information 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most meetings of the Facility Schools Model Workgroup for the 2021-22 school year are anticipated to be held remotely. If conditions permit, the Facility Schools Model Workgroup may meet in person following proper health protocols. The meetings are open to the public; however, only working group members have an active role in the meetings. The workgroup will allow time for public comment at the beginning of each meeting. Guidelines for public comment include - 3 minutes per person, with a maximum of 5 people (15 minutes total); requests for public comment must be submitted to Quinn Enright,, no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time/date - information should include name, group or entity represented, and topic. 

Accommodation Notice:    

  • If you plan to attend a meeting and need accommodations, please notify Lori Kochevar,, at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting date. Advance notice allows CDE time to set up requested accommodations before the meeting. 
  • If you have requested accommodations for a meeting and are then unable to attend, we ask for at least a 72-hour notice of cancellation, so that CDE can be proactive with cancelling requested accommodation services ahead of the meeting. Thank you! 
  • Friday, August 20, 2021; 10am-12pm
  • Thursday, October 7, 2021; 9am-11am 
  • Friday, November 5, 2021; 9am-12pm
  • Thursday, December 2, 2021; 9am-12pm
  • Friday, January 7, 2022; 9am-12pm
  • Friday, February 4, 2022; 9am-12pm
  • Thursday, March 3, 2022; 9am-12pm
  • Friday, April 1, 2022; 9am-12pm
  • Thursday, May 5, 2022; 9am-12pm
  • Thursday, June 2, 2022; 9am-12pm​
  • July- No Meeting of Workgroup​
  • Thursday, August 4, 2022; 9am-12pm​
  • Friday, September 9, 2022; 9am-10:30am​
  • Friday, October 7, 2022; TBD​
    • Virtual Meeting Link | Join By Phone | Meeting Agenda
  • Friday, November 4, 2022; TBD​
    • Virtual Meeting Link | Join By Phone | Meeting Agenda
  • Friday, December 2, 2022; TBD​
    • Virtual Meeting Link | Join By Phone | Meeting Agenda


  • School Districts
  • Board of Cooperative Education Services
  • Special Education Directors
  • Facility Schools and Facility Schools Board Members
  • Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Human Services, including Division of Youth Services
  • County Departments of Human Services

Member list

Laurie Burney

Kari Chapman

Michele Craig

Stacey Davis

Wendy Dunaway

Paul Foster

Samantha Garrett

Doug Hainley

Mylynda Herrick

Sonjia Hunt


Elizabeth Lucier

Sandy Malouff

Germaine Meehan

Brandon Miller

Becky Miller-Updike

David Molineux

Kelly O'Shea

Erin Osterhaus

Betsy Peffer

Steven Ramirez

Deon Roberts

Robin Singer

Carolena Steen

Judy Stirman

Ann Symalla

Barb Taylor

Kevin Tracy

Callan Ware

Maureen Welch

Laura Writebol

Timelines for Activities

August 20, 2021

Initial meeting of the workgroup to confirm membership and establish purpose and scope of work

October 1, 2022
  • The workgroup shall develop recommendations for a model
  • The workgroup shall develop an implementation plan for the new model
  • The workgroup shall submit the recommendations and information for the implementation plan to CDE
November 1, 2022 CDE shall submit a written report summarizing the workgroup’s findings and recommendations to the JBC
December 21, 2022 CDE Commissioner shall present the report to the JBC
On or before July 1, 2023 – July 1, 2027 Implementation of the new model
October 1, 2023 – October 1, 2027 During implementation, CDE shall submit written reports concerning progress