McAuliffe, Freel honored at BOCES


GLENWOOD SPRINGS — On July 10 at the annual Colorado BOCES Association summer conference held at Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs, Nita McAuliffe, executive director/director of exceptional student services of the San Luis Valley BOCES was recognized with the Roy. G. Brubacher award for her outstanding leadership to the organization.

This ongoing statewide award recognizes outstanding BOCES organizational leadership for specific contributions within a BOCES for five plus years.

McAuliffe started with the San Luis Valley BOCES in 2001 as the director of exceptional student services, and in July 2011 she became the executive director/director of exceptional student services. Prior to this time she was an extended services/resource room teacher within the San Luis Valley BOCES and Monte Vista School District.

Nita currently serves as the president on the Blue Peaks Board of Directors, and was president of the Colorado BOCES Association in 2015-16. In addition, she is well respected and has a great relationship with all 14 member school districts that are served by the San Luis Valley BOCES. McAuliffe is truly passionate about making sure that all students with disabilities are given the opportunity to succeed.

Also on July 10 at the annual Colorado BOCES Association summer conference Tina Freel, San Luis Valley BOCES board secretary and Moffat School Board vice president was presented with the All State Board Award. This statewide award is designed to recognize school district/BOCES board members for their dedicated service to both their board and their respective BOCES.

Freel has served on the San Luis Valley BOCES board for six years whose attendance at bi-monthly board meetings is outstanding. She engages other board members in productive discussions where she is respectful and knowledgeable. Freel is responsible for the legislative reports; which shows her true passion for our public school systems and that each child is deserving of a great education.

Captions: From left are San Luis Valley BOCES Business Manager Staci Turner, Nita McAuliffe, San Luis Valley BOCES Board Secretary Tina Freel and Colorado BOCES Association Executive Director Dale McCall. Turner had the honor of presenting McAuliffe with the Roy G. Brubacher award. Courtesy photos

From left are Nita McAuliffe, executive director/director of exceptional student services of the San Luis Valley BOCES, Tina Freel and Colorado BOCES Association Executive Director Dale McCall. McAuliffe had the pleasure of presenting Freel with the All State award.

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