Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Program V1.2

Wember Inc. attended the board meeting on February 16, 2010 held at the Department of Education office located at 1200 Grant Street in Denver. The meeting was well attended by submitting agencies, Owner's Representatives, design professionals, and contractors. The meeting started with a follow up to the discussion of North Routt Charter School who was recently denied the grant funds due to a failure to meet the requirements of the matching funds. North Routt requested that the committee to prioritize their projects at the time the match funds are produced. The committee decided to put approved projects like Mapleton and North Routt at the top of the list for consideration but would not agree to prioritize the projects. Much time was spent discussing the programs intention and future. At this meeting it was presented that the sources that fund the BEST program including the Colorado Lottery and Land

Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Program V1.1

The Colorado Department of Education continues to develop and refine the program that was Established in 2008 with the signing of HB08-1335, BEST provides an annual amount of funding, in the form of competitive grants, to school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, boards of cooperative educational services and the Colorado school for the deaf and the blind. BEST funds can be used for the construction of new schools as well as general construction and renovation of existing school facility systems and structures. The program is celebrating some successes and working through unique challenges. Wember Inc. attended the January 26, 2010 Board Meeting along with many others from the design and construction industry. The meeting was standing room only with the board members and BEST staff compressed in the center of the room. The meeting began with typical housekeeping and then went into of the North Routt Community

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