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In 2008, the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board (CCAB) was created within the Colorado Department of Education. The CCAB powers and duties are outlined in C.R.S.22-43.7.

The CCAB is comprised of nine appointed members: one public school board member, one public school superintendent, two school facilities planners or managers, one architect, one engineer, one construction manager, one school technology expert, and one public school finance expert.

None of the CCAB members may hold any state elective office and will serve two-year terms, with a maximum of three consecutive terms.


Announcements​:

Rulemaking Hearing

A rulemaking hearing will be held on December 17, 2020 during the regularly scheduled CCAB meetingThe hearing will be held virtually and can be viewed via the "Watch Live" link below. 

The hearing will be held in accordance with Section 24-4-103, C.R.S.  Data, comments, and arguments will be received from all interested parties.  If you would like to provide testimony, we encourage you to do so in writing. Written testimony may be submitted to the board at BESTSchools@cde.state.co.us.  Submissions must be filed at or before the commencement of the hearing on December 17, 2020 in order to be considered. 

The board is also accepting short virtual testimony. If you wish to testify remotely, please register by  December 11, 2020.  To register for virtual testimony email  BESTSchools@cde.state.co.us with the following information:

  1. Your name and phone number. Use the same information to log-in/call in to testify.
  2. Name of group or organization you represent (if applicable).
  3. Whether you support or oppose the rule.
  4. Written summary as backup is encouraged.

Once you have registered to testify, an email will be sent with the meeting link. This link should not be shared and will only be valid for the rulemaking portion of the meeting.  You will be called upon during the rulemaking hearing to provide your testimony and will be given three minutes on the agenda. Please note that if you run long or speak/make noise at other times, you will be muted and possibly removed from the meeting.

To view a copy of the proposed rules please visit the Secretary of State website to access the Colorado Register published November 10, 2020.

Other CCAB Materials:

CCAB Meeting Information: 

  • December 17, 2020, 1-3pm - Virtual Meeting
  • January 21, 2021, 1-3pm - Virtual Meeting
  • February 18, 2021, 1-3pm - Virtual Meeting

Watch Live

Watch Live is only available during scheduled meeting dates and times.

Written public comment can be submitted to BESTSchools@cde.state.co.us prior to the commencement of each meeting.


Capital Construction Assistance Board Members


Scott Stevens CCAB Member

Board Chair

Scott Stevens

Engineer, Appointed by the Governor

Scott is currently the Executive Director of Construction for the Boulder Valley School District. In this role he oversees all aspects of construction related to the District's Bond for work to improve schools and facilities. He has spent the last seven years in School District Facilities and Construction and has over 20 years of experience in the State of Colorado in Construction, Facilities, and Civil Engineering.

Scott is a registered professional engineer in the State of Colorado and has been an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since 1995.


Jane Crisler CCAB Member

Vice-Chair

Jane Crisler

Architect, Appointed by the Governor

Jane Crisler is inspired by great educational buildings, both old and new, and is passionately committed to improving neighborhood quality of life through designing and preserving these great community buildings. Jane leads both the K-12 and Historic Preservation markets for EUA's Denver office. She has worked for more than 14 years in commercial architecture as well as 12 years at the Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. She currently serves on Denver's Lower Downtown Design Review Board as well as on the Board of Directors for the Association for Learning Environments, Rocky Mountain Region.

Jane's experience includes design of large-scale K-12 rehabilitation and adaptive use projects as well as ground-up new construction and additions throughout Colorado. She is a licensed architect practiced in all phases of the K-12 architectural design process. Jane enjoys the creative problem solving associated with tough adaptive use projects and is a leader in the firm's K-12 and historic preservation planning and design practices.


Brian Amack CCAB Member

Brian Amack

Technology Expert, Appointed by the G.A. Minority Leaders

Brian Amack is the Technology Director for Morgan County School District. He has worked in the Information Technology field in the Community College System and Morgan County School District for 30 years. He has been intimately involved in the building of two new schools and countless renovations to many schools, including extensive work on HVAC, Fire Alarm and Door Access control issues.


Allison Pearlman CCAB Member

Allison Pearlman

Construction Manager, Appointed by the Governor

Allison Pearlman is currently Manager of Design and Construction for Aurora Public Schools, where she plans, assigns, and directs the work of a project management team. She additionally manages design and construction projects including smaller building renewal projects, mechanical repair and HVAC replacement projects, and addition and new school construction projects.

Before joining Aurora Public Schools, Allison was a Facility Planner at Denver Public Schools. And prior to this position, she worked in the Facilities Division of History Colorado as Building Manager/Project Manager. This work provided opportunities to visit communities across the state including ones in Costilla, Las Animas, Montrose, Pueblo, and Weld Counties.

Ms. Pearlman received a Master's of Architecture from the University of Kansas in 2000. Her interest in public policy issues and community engagement dates back to the early 1990s, where she completed internships at both the National Coalition for the Homeless and the White House's Office of Communications.


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Wendy Wyman

Facility Planner and Manager, Appointed by the G.A. Speaker of the House

Wendy Wyman is committed to promoting equity and ensuring that all students participate in high-quality educational experiences. She understands that all students deserve to learn in safe, healthy, and enriching environments. As the superintendent of a mountain district she led two large construction projects supported by BEST grants matched with local bonds; projects funded by BEST cash grants; and other facility improvements.

In her current role as the executive director of the Mountain BOCES, Wendy works with four rural school districts that have all benefitted from the BEST program. Time and again she has seen school facility improvements revitalize communities and enhance the lives of students and educators.

Dr. Wyman’s work as an education leader includes eight years as a superintendent and five years as a building principal. Wendy has also served as a teacher; an assistant professor in higher education; a Title I senior consultant at the Colorado Department of Education; and an education policy analyst.


Brett Ridgway CCAB Member

Brett Ridgway

Public School Superintendent, Appointed by the State Board of Education

Brett Ridgway has 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. Fifteen of those years came from experience in the private sector; in banking (with Bank One & J.P. Morgan Chase) and financial services (The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation). Brett received his certified public accountant license in 1994 and transitioned into banking where he designed and maintained several statistical modeling systems to predict the financial results for more than $100 billion in loan portfolio balances.

In 2007, Ridgway transitioned to education finance. He has served School District 49 as Chief Business Officer, for the last ten years. At District 49, he leads one of the most innovative yet financially healthy school districts in Colorado, despite D49's status as a floor/low-funded, high-growth school district. District 49 has built or acquired five new buildings for students in the last few years and recently completed the initial wave of a new decennial ‘refresh and refurbish' program for all D49 educational buildings – including charter schools. Ridgway has also served on the board of directors for Colotrust, the leading Liquid Government Investment Pool in Colorado, since 2010.


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Matthew Samelson

Public School Finance Expertise, Appointed by the President of the Senate

Matt Samelson is the director of special projects for the Donnell-Kay Foundation, which engages K-12 education policy in Colorado, and is an attorney with Western Environmental Law Partners.  Matt’s education work focuses on public school infrastructure issues, such as facilities, transportation, school finance, bond and mill levies, and educator housing.  Recently, he helped improve transit equity in the Denver metro area by working with numerous youth and community organizations to create a more affordable RTD youth pass. As an attorney, Matt works on a variety of oil and gas policy issues for conservation groups and communities. Matt has a law degree from the University of Colorado and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to engaging in law and policy work, Matt was a journalist for eight years.


 Michael Wailes CCAB Member

Michael Wailes

School Board Member, Appointed by the State Board of Education

Michael D. Wailes is a member of the Weld County RE-5J Board of Education. He is a Colorado native and lives on his family's farm near Johnstown. He owns and operates a small digital marketing agency and runs a small, fledgling charity: Johnstown-Milliken Coats for Kids.

In addition to serving on the school board, Michael serves as the Chairman of the Weld County Planning Commission and the Weld County Board of Adjustments.


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Vaishali McCarthy

School Facilities Planner/Manager, Appointed by the State Board of Education

Vaishali is currently a Sr. Manager in the Office of Planning and Design for Denver Public Schools, and has been with the District for five years.  She assists in the development and maintenance of long range capital plans for District facilities and necessary capital expenditures for new construction and capital reinvestment.  Additionally, Vaishali acts as a liaison between the District, school site administrators, architects and contractors to assure that the authorized projects are accomplished in accordance with District policies and procedures, and oversees day-to-day activities for the Planning and Design team.

Prior to Denver Public Schools, Vaishali has had 15 years of experience in the private sector as an architect in Denver, with the majority of work with schools.  Her school projects have ranged from small renovations to new high school construction projects throughout the State of Colorado and North Dakota.


For more information or if an alternative version of a document is needed, please contact BESTSchools@cde.state.co.us or call 303-866-2153

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