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The Chaffee Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) has called a special BoCC session beginning at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, January 31.

There will be a few items of regular business, including filling vacancies on the Planning Commission, and Visitors Bureau, ratifying letters of support for Chaffee Housing Trust, and considering the request from the January 17 BoCC session that Lodging Tax not allocated to the Visitors Bureau tourism marketing, be dedicated for use to the Chaffee Housing Authority.

There are two main learning rooms at The Schoolhouse, a nonprofit early childhood learning center that opened in the old Poncha Springs Schoolhouse in 2020. Photo Stephen Hall

But the additional item is an executive session ( under CRS 24-6-402(4)(d)) for the purpose of receiving specialized detail on a current investigation by the Sheriff and Department of Human Services (DHS) of the nonprofit Chaffee Childcare Initiative (CCI) and The Schoolhouse. DHS and the Chaffee Sheriff’s Office shut down The Schoolhouse on January 25 in a move that left many parents in the dark about their reasons and shocked over the process of how it was handled.

DHS Director Monica Haskell and Sheriff John Spezze are attending, as will be County Attorney Daniel Tom, Assistant County Attorney Lynda Knowles, County Administrator Bob Christiansen, and County Deputy Director of Administration Beth Helmke.

Ark Valley Voice (AVV) has learned that while parents will not be allowed to attend the meeting, they are being allowed to submit written letters to be included in the BoCC session. AVV has received an unconfirmed report that District Attorney Linda Stanley will release the investigation’s findings sometime on Monday, January 30. CCI Executive Director Amy Lovato and The Schoolhouse Director Roberta Rodriguez are due in Court at 1:30 p.m. January 31 on charges filed against them late last week.