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Rural Education Council Members

The Council is comprised of one rural superintendent from each of the eight regions in the state and representatives from local school boards, teachers, principals, and business/community members.

Council Members

  • Don Anderson, Executive Director
    East Central BOCES
  • Janae Ash, Fifth-Grade Teacher
    Pagosa Springs Middle School, Archuleta County School District 50 JT
  • Douglas Bissonette, Superintendent
    Elizabeth School District C-1
  • Randy Black, Director of Member Relations
    Colorado Association of School Boards
  • Randy Boyer, Executive Director
    San Juan BOCES
  • Bruce Caughey, Executive Director
    Colorado Association of School Executives
  • Scott Cuckow, Superintendent
    Crowley County School District RE-1J
  • Cheryl Gomez, Superintendent
    Ridgway School District R-2
  • Ken Haptonstall, Superintendent
    Garfield County School District 16

  • Sue Holmes, Superintendent
    Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1
  • John Knapp, Department of Agriculture and Board of Directors
    Colorado Association of School Boards
  • Dale McCall, Executive Director
    Colorado BOCES
  • Rick Mondt, Superintendent
    Briggsdale School District RE-10
  • Raylene Olinger, Principal
    South Routt Elementary, South Routt School District RE-3
  • Donna Rohde, School Board Member
    Cheraw School District 31
  • Paula Stephenson, Executive Director
    Colorado Rural Schools Caucus
  • George Welsh, Superintendent
    Center Consolidated School District 26JT
  • Troy Zabel, Superintendent
    Bayfield School District

The Rural Council will work closely with Tina Goar, the Department’s special advisor on rural needs and Deputy Commissioner Keith Owen who assembled and will oversee the Council.

Please contact Tina Goar 303-866-6608 with any questions.

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