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Moffat County School District superintendent among 170 supporting school finance reform

About 40 of Colorado's school superintendents, including Moffat County School District Superintendent David Ulrich, gathered in Denver on Wednesday to support proposed changes to the school finance formula.

CRAIG — When public school superintendents gathered in Denver on Wednesday to show support for the reform of the school finance formula, Moffat County School District Superintendent David Ulrich was among them.

"Colorado superintendents have helped to create a proposal to modernize school finance with a new way to redistribute money from the state," Ulrich told the Moffat County School District Board of Education on Tuesday. "The current formula hasn't been fully funded in years, and we're behind. If the current formula were fully funded, we would have an additional $1.9 million for Moffat County schools."

He then joined about 40 other superintendents in Denver the following Wednesday to show support for newly proposed legislation (HB 18-1232).

The bill was proposed by State Rep. Dave Young (D-Greeley) last week and gained support from State Sen. Don Coram (R-Montrose), who has since signed on as co-sponsor.

The formula proposed in the legislation does not impact the state general fund, as it does not raise any money, and would only be triggered two years after voters approve a ballot measure.

"The proposed formula seeks to hold districts harmless — no district would get less money as a result of the new formula,” Ulrich said. “We don't have calculations for the impact to Moffat County of a new formula. I would expect to get something around the end of the school year if the bill passes.

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The bill is supported by more than 170 of Colorado's superintendents, who represent about 93 percent of Colorado's public schools.

"Anytime that superintendents from all over the state can come together and show support for students in all of our districts is time well spent," Ulrich said. "This effort, if successful, would be a positive result for all students in Colorado, including Moffat County School District."

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