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2016 Bond Oversight Committee

Purpose: The Denver Public Schools Bond Oversight Committee is a group of community members appointed by the superintendent and school board to monitor and advise the school district in the effective, efficient and appropriate use of general obligation bond funds approved by Denver voters on Nov. 8, 2016.



  • Oversee and review bond construction projects to ensure that they align with what was approved by voters and the school board.

  • Committee chairs will work with district staff to provide reports to school board members on the spending and progress of the bond.

  • To represent the work of the committee within the community.

  • Review and advise on DPS recommendations for the use of bond savings.

  • Review and advise on DPS recommendations for project changes.


Public Comment: Each committee meeting will reserve up to 10 minutes at the start for public comment. Speakers are limited to two minutes each and should email Robin Pulliam, 24 hours in advance to be added to the speaker list. If more than five speakers have requested time, later speakers will be scheduled for the following oversight meeting.


Committee Members:

  • Veronica Booz

  • Diana Romero Campbell

  • Tony Curcio

  • Kim Desmond (Co-Chair)

  • Al Habercorn

  • Colleen Kazemi

  • Tom Migaki

  • Ryan Nichols

  • Melissa Rosas

  • Halisi Vinson

  • Russell Welch (Co-Chair)

Bond Premium

At their meeting on February 21, 2019 the Denver Board of Education approved recommendations from the Bond Oversight Committee for how to allocate $45.8 million in 2016 bond premium funds for capital improvement projects across the district.


Premium funds come directly from the sale of bonds, which were approved by voters in November 2016. These sales created a $96 million reserve dedicated to DPS infrastructure improvement projects, freeing up more funding for students, teachers and school programs.

To learn more about the committee’s process please view the Bond Oversight Committee’s presentation. You can also view the committee’s prioritization rubricequity index and the full list of funded projects.

2016 Mill Levy Oversight Committee

Purpose: To maintain and expand community relationships and involvement to ensure mill levy funds are spent as originally intended and represented to the voters.


The ten programs funded through the 2016 mill levy are: CareerConnect, Dual Enrollment, Early Literacy, Paraprofessional-to-Teacher, Principal Pipeline, Summer Academy, Teacher Leadership and Collaboration, Technology, Transportation, Whole Child



  • Develop accountability system to track mill levy expenditure (2003, 2012 and 2016) and impact on student achievement

  • Advise on continuous improvement efforts within mill levy programs to increase impact on student achievement

  • To represent the work of the committee within the community.


Public Comment: Each committee meeting will reserve up to 10 minutes at the start for public comment. Speakers are limited to 2 minutes each and should email Robin Pulliam, 24 hours in advance to be added to the speaker list. If more than 5 speakers have requested time, later speakers will be scheduled for the following oversight meeting.


Committee Members:

  • Jack Becker

  • Laurence Bleicher

  • Will Chan

  • Kim Cotter

  • Michelle Garrison

  • Eliot Lewis

  • Leslii Lewis

  • Paula McClain

  • Nadine Penn (Co-Chair)

  • Farman Pirzada (Co-Chair)

  • Rafael Orona Reyes

  • Pamela Roberts

Mill Levy Achievement Reports

Since January 2018, the Mill Levy Oversight Committee has been working through a deliberative process to collect and review data related to each of the ten 2016 Mill Levy programs by creating and analyzing detailed program achievement reports (formerly called scorecards).


On April 22, 2019, the committee co-chairs presented their initial findings and takeaways to the Board of Education, and then presented updated 2018-19 findings on November 18, 2019.  This information will be valuable in the ongoing progress monitoring of each program.

2016 Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CPAC)

Members of the 2016 Community Planning and Advisory Committee:

  • 75 community members from across Denver

  • At least 7 members from six geographic regions of Denver (Northwest, Northeast, Far Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Central)

  • More than 50% are parents with students in Denver Public Schools

  • Nearly 60% are people of color, representing our district’s ethnic and racial diversity


What did CPAC members recommend to the Denver Board of Education?

CPAC Co-Chairs

Christine Benero

Benero is president and CEO of Mile High United Way, which works to advance the common good of the community by investing and focusing on the issues of school readiness, youth success and adult self-sufficiency. Last year, Mile High United Way invested more than $30 million in the Denver metro area. Benero’s long history of public service includes leading as the former CEO of the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter in Denver and working in the presidential administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. She is a member of the DPS Foundation board.

Bruce Hoyt

Currently senior vice president for investments at Gary Community Investments, which includes the Gary Community Investment Company and The Piton Foundation, Hoyt brings a mix of education experience and business acumen to the CPAC. Formerly managing director at KPMG corporate finance, Hoyt is a DPS dad and Manual High School graduate who was twice elected to the serve on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education representing southeast Denver. He also has served as a member of the DPS Foundation Board and was a member of Gov. Hickenloopers transition team on education.

Eddie Koen

Eddie Koen is regional executive director of College Track Colorado, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring students from underserved communities graduate from college. The 10-year program works with students from the summer before ninth-grade through college graduation, providing academic support, leadership training, financial and college advising, and scholarships. He is a former high school drop-out who became a first-generation college student and went on to complete his law degree. Prior to College Track, Koen worked for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. He is a Denver Foundation board member.

Ruben Valdez

Colorados first Hispanic Speaker of the House, Valdez was recently honored by the DPS Board of Education as a role model for students in all walks of life. Valdez, the youngest of nine siblings, dropped out of high school in Trinidad and moved north to seek work, returning to school to earn a college degree and raising three kids who graduated from DPS. His long history of public service including serving in the state legislature, where he shepherded passage of the first bilingual education law, and appointments by former President Jimmy Carter and former Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm.

Final CPAC Recommendation to Board

Read the full recommendations of the citizens’ committee to Denver Board of Education members, encouraging board members to place a bond and mill proposal on the November ballot to support Denver students and schools. Board members approved the committee recommendations on June 16.


Public Comment PolicyMany citizens are very interested in the CPAC recommendations and the potential impact the recommendations may have on their school communities. We have developed this approach to promote equity of access to and engagement with this planning process:

  1. Public comment will be held at all sub-committee meetings

  2. The first 20 minutes of each sub-committee will be reserved for public comment, subject to demand.

  3. Comment sign-up will be at or by calling 720-423-3991and will close at 5pm the business day prior to the sub-committee meeting

  4. Speakers are allotted a time period up to 3 minutes

  5. During the CPAC process, each school or group will be allowed one speaking advocate per subcommittee to ensure that all school communities have an opportunity to share their voice

  6. Written comment is also accepted at and will be shared with the committee

CPAC Exploration Process

Our 75-member Community Planning and Advisory Committee kicked off its work in February and reached the halfway mark in early April. In June, CPAC members presented their full recommendations to the Denver Board of Education, urging board members to place a ballot proposal before voters in November. The board approved the CPAC recommendations on June 16.


In preparing their recommendations, CPAC members learned about our students’ needs and explored potential investments to best support them. For example, during the week of April 4-8, the Mill Levy sub-committee met at Place Bridge Academy to discuss more support for students’ social-emotional health and an expansion in summer learning and enrichment opportunities. The Quality Learning Environments sub-committee toured George Washington High School and discussed potential improvements such as new furniture, improved resources for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and lighting improvements.

2016 Innovative Classrooms

The Innovative Classrooms program is funded by the 2016 voter-approved bond measure and provides over 150 schools across DPS with funds to make school-determined investments that positively impact learning environments for students. The majority of projects are complete, and include investments such as renovated classrooms, updated libraries, and cafeteria upgrades. 

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