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Colorado boards of trustees

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A Board of Trustees is an appointed body in the state of Colorado according to the state's constitution.

Appointment

A board of trustees is made up of eleven people:

  • 2 members appointed by the board of education
  • 2 retirees from the association elected by the retired members of the association
  • 6 active members of the association elected by the active members in such manner as to be representative of the various employee job classifications of the school district
  • 1 member having demonstrated expertise in pension administration or in investment matters and appointed by the other members of the board of trustees.

A member appointed can be, but does not need to be, a member of the board of education. The board of trustees elects from the appointed members a chairperson, a secretary, and a treasurer, whose duties and responsibilities shall be prescribed in the duly adopted bylaws of the board of trustees.

The appointments are staggered by two years so that the first term for five of the trustees initially elected or appointed shall be two years. All other terms shall be for four years. Trustees may be re-elected or reappointed to the board for an unlimited number of terms, but no single term for any trustee can exceed four years.

When a vacancy occurs on the board of trustees, it will be filled for the remainder of the term involved in accordance with the pertinent provisions of the plan.

A person appointed to the board of trustees by the board of education or by the board of trustees may be removed at any time by the body that appointed him or her, with or without cause. In such event, the body that made the appointment shall appoint a replacement for the balance of the term of the removed person.[1]

Government roles

The board of trustees acquires and holds property for the use of publicly funded schools. It is a party to all suits and contracts and it does all things necessary to carry out its duties, including but not limited to the power to demand, receive, hold, and use for the best interests of public schools the money, lands, or other property as may be donated or devised to or for the school.

The board of trustees and their successors have a seal, make bylaws and regulations for well-ordering and governance, and conduct the business in a manner not repugnant to the constitution and laws of Colorado.[1]

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