A branch of CDE, the Division of Capital Construction has developed a series of programs and resources for capital construction funding and technical assistance for school districts, traditional public schools, charter schools, BOCES, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.
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This video provides a short overview of the history of the BEST program. It demonstrates how BEST is affecting positive educational change through capital construction to help realize CDE's goal that "all students in Colorado will become educated and productive citizens capable of succeeding in a global society, in the workforce, and in life."
Opportunities and Announcements:
The next Capital Construction Assistance Board Meeting will be in June 2019 at a time and location to be determined.
Full-Day Kindergarten Facility Capital Construction Grants
CDE is asking superintendents to complete a survey from CDE by Wednesday, June 12 that will serve a few purposes: completing required reporting to CDE on district plans for implementing full-day kindergarten, applying for the formula-based grant through HB 19-1005, and enabling CDE to assess the implementation needs across the state.
CDE has sent informational letters to superintendents, fiscal leads, and Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) directors regarding implementation actions needed with respect to House Bill 19-1262 and House Bill 19-1055. HB 19-1262 provides funding for full-day kindergarten should districts choose to offer it, and HB 19-1055 provides $25 million in formula-based grants related to conducting full-day kindergarten or preschool educational programs.
House Bill 19-1055 provides $25 million in formula-based grants to districts or institute charter schools for the purpose of acquiring furniture, fixtures, or other fixed or moveable equipment (excluding construction equipment) that is needed to conduct a full-day kindergarten education program or a preschool educational program. All expenditures must meet the definition of furniture, fixture and equipment pursuant to the Financial Policies and Procedures Chart of Accounts and be coded to Object Code 0730-0739.
More information is available at: http://www.cde.state.co.us/schoolreadiness/kindergarten. This includes a link to a spreadsheet entitled “Full-Day Kindergarten Formula Based Grant Funding for FFE”. This spreadsheet contains two allocation estimates to provide districts with a general idea of the district’s prorated share of this grant funding. The estimates are based upon the total kindergarten counts for the 2018-2019 school year. One estimate assumes no half-day programs transition to full-day programs, the second assumes all half-day programs transition to full-day programs. The formula-based grant amounts will be updated in July to reflect estimated kindergarten counts for the 2019-2020 school year.
May 2015 marked the first grant cycle in which marijuana excise tax revenues were used to fund capital construction projects around our state. Find out more about the revenue sources funding the BEST Assistance Fund here.
Impact of the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grant Program
The BEST program is helping to significantly and positively impact students and communities throughout Colorado by assisting them with their capital construction needs.
Since 2008, the BEST program has:
- Funded 354 grant applications in 141 school districts
- Improved the health, safety, and security in 524 school facilities
- Helped create and support roughly 37,000 jobs as of December 2018.