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The May 14 meeting of the Salida School District Board of Education entailed reports from the High School, Middle School, Longfellow Elementary School, Crest Academy and the Salida School District. The Longfellow Elementary School report shared their excitement about a future visit from Colorado Succeeds, with interviewers conducting interviews with elementary students and teachers for the school’s entry in the Colorado Succeeds Prize.

The Succeeds Prize is the most prestigious awards and recognition event for Colorado teachers and schools in the State. A partnership between 9NEWS, Colorado Succeeds and mindSpark Learning, the Succeeds Prize awards schools across six categories with a total of $150,000 in cash prizes. The winners of the prize will be announced live on TV on Sept. 19.

Tami Thompson, Salida High School principal, reported on the scholarship night that took place in early May, announcing that local high school students received $70,000 in scholarship awards.

The board approved the preliminary budget for the upcoming fiscal year and approved a special session for an evaluative conversation regarding Superintendent David Blackburn. An executive session in the June 4 meeting was held with the full board and Blackburn, regarding personnel matters pursuant to the Colorado Revised Statutes.

During the June 4 special meeting, the board also accepted the resignation of Kyle Earhart, Salida School Board president and director for District 5. In accordance with state law, the board declared a vacancy in the office that must be filled within 60 days.

The Salida School District Board of Education will reconvene in a work session and regular meeting on June 11, starting at 4 p.m.