2016 Legislator Outreach

In November and December, GSV caught up with our legislators in one-on-one meetings at school locations around the district.

Principals and staff hosted legislators at their schools to share insights on St. Vrain schools and how budget decisions at the state level have had an impact.

  • Hygiene Elementary hosted Senator Rollie Heath
  • Blue Mountain Elementary hosted Representative Jonathan Singer
  • Erie Elementary School hosted Representative Dianne Primavera
  • Altona Middle School hosted Senator Matt Jones
  • Trail Ridge Middle School hosted Representative Mike Foote

Discussion included questions about possible future TABOR rebates, as well as, de-brucing TABOR through a citizen’s initiative in 2016.  This initiative is now known as the Colorado Priorities Initiative. We were unable to meet with Senator Marble, Representative Saine, and Representative Hullinghorst.


Lisa Hainline, GSV Past President, on the Senate Floor with Senator Matt Jones.

GSV followed these meetings with visits to both the House of Representative and Senate floors at the end of February.  Representative Mike Foote and Senator Matt Jones kindly hosted our visit to the Capitol and walked us through the the morning’s activities as they unfolded before us.

Thank you to all who shared their time and expertise with us this year so that we were able to participate and share more about how to impact outcomes to public school funding.  We look forward to our next opportunity to work together.

A special thank you to Senator Rollie Heath and Representative Dickey Lee Hullinghorst who were term limited and completed their service on May 11. We value the many years of service you have given and the time you have graciously taken to help our team learn.

For more about issues related to education bills addressed in the 2016 session, reference Chalkbeat Bill Tracker.  Best wishes to Todd Engdahl in your future endeavors and we thank you for your final Chalkbeat 2016 Legislative Session Review.

About Grassroots St. Vrain

GSV is an independent, non profit organization whose vision is a St. Vrain Valley community that is informed about education funding in Colorado and empowered to take action for the benefit of our schools.
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