Board of Education

BOE Meetings


BOE Regular Meeting, April 15, 2024 at 5:30 pm

BOE Work Session, May 2, 2024 at 5:00pm



Any member of the community who would like to participate in Public Comment will need to email  Erika Warren ([email protected]) by 4:15 p.m. on the day of the meeting. She will then email you a link to join the meeting. When it is time for Public Comment, you will have 3-minutes to speak to the Board of Education.


The following individuals may be eligible to address the Board during a public comment period (Policy BEDH)
  • Residents of the district.
  • Parents/legal guardians of students enrolled in district schools.
  • Members of the staff.
  • Individuals who have been requested by the Superintendent or the Board President to present a given subject.
  • Nonresidents of the district who previously have requested and received the permission of the Superintendent or the Board President.

Please sign up here for Public Comments

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The Manitou Springs Board of Education (BOE) consists of 5 members elected to four-year terms. The BOE typically meets twice a month. Please use the left navigation link to view the schedule of meetings for each school year. The fundamental work of the BOE is to establish the direction of the district, set organizational goals, and monitor the progress of the district towards those goals. The BOE Directors have developed a series of ends statements and executive limitations to direct their work based on multiple community meetings and outreach. The ends statements are embedded in the district’s mission of establishing deep, meaningful relationships; creating academically rigorous courses; and providing multiple opportunities for students to engage in a wide range of activities. Please Email the BOE with any questions you may have.

Tine Vidovich,  Board President (Term 2021-2025)

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Tina was appointed to the Board of Education June of 2017.  She has been a resident of Manitou Springs for fourteen years.As a parent of a Manitou Springs School District 14 student she has served on both the Building Accountability Advisory Committee and District Accountability Advisory Committee, volunteered for various events, and most importantly served as Team Mom for MSHS Boys Soccer Team. In addition to her volunteer and parenting experiences, she is a career educator with nearly 30 years of experience as a paraprofessional, teacher, and administrator. Tina loves to spend time in Manitou with her family and friends, but especially enjoys hiking with her two Labrador retrievers. Tina’s belief is that every child deserves an excellent education.  Email  Tina Vidovich




Natalie Johnson, Board  Vice President (Term 2021-2025)

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A Manitou Springs resident since 2004, Natalie has volunteered and/or worked with the District as a Community Liaison for Partners for Healthy Choices (PHC), Chair of the Career and Technical Education Committee, a representative on the District Sustainability Plan Committee D14 Schools (2011), a member of the DAAC (District Accountability Action Committee) and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee/Wellness Committee for PHC. She attended Public Schools, comes from a long-line of teachers and has experience working on and for boards. Natalie received a Bachelor of Art from Ripon College in Wisconsin with a Major in Art History and English. She has a Masters of Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato in Women's Studies. A childless taxpayer, former Manitou Springs business owner, resident and nonprofit director, she brings a unique perspective to the table. She loves to read, eat good food with friends and BUILD COMMUNITY. Johnson is the Executive Director of the Manitou Art Center and the Manitou Springs Creative District.

Email Natalie Johnson



Connie Brachtenbach, Board  Director (Term 2023-2027)

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I am a 4th generation Coloradoan, who has lived in Manitou Springs since 1990. My partner, Vicky and I have 2 daughters, Emma, and Nora, who attended school in Manitou Springs. Emma is a middle-school teacher at Fountain-Ft. Carson and Nora was recently
employed at the Manitou Elementary School as a para-professional. We also have 2 grandchildren, who we hope will be enrolled in District-14 when they are ready to begin their educational journey, from kindergarten through 12 th grade.
I have a BA in Sociology from FHSU in Hays, KS. Most of my professional career has been with Deluxe or you many of you may know better, Current or Checks Unlimited. While with Deluxe, I worked in a wide variety of operational, managerial, and senior leadership roles. I was also the Executive Director at TESSA, a local non-profit, served as a campus safety officer at Colorado College, and most recently worked as the plant manager at EduKit. I currently work for the State of Colorado, in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, as the Business Outreach Specialist, serving El Paso and Teller counties. In addition to my work experience, I have served on numerous, non-profit boards and committees, including the Community Prep School Board of Education. I am also the founder of the RJR Fund for Kidpower. I look forward do to serving the community and the Manitou Springs School District as a member of the Board of Directors. and I look forward to the opportunity to meet with students, parents, staff, and teachers.Manitou Springs resident since 2004,

Email Connie Brachtenbach






Jill Bishop,  Board Director (Term 2023-2027)

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I have been a district #14 resident since 1996 happily living in sunny Cascade. I have long loved the Manitou Springs School District and take great pride in residing in a school district that values educating the whole child and sees every student as a unique
individual. I have been a public-school educator for twenty-five years as both a classroom and elementary art teacher. I have served on multiple education committees both as a teacher and as a parent. As an educator, and a board member, it is my belief
that every action must be driven by what is best for kids. My children both attended MSSD#14 kindergarten through twelfth grade. As a teacher and Manitou parent, I was very pleased with the opportunities and education my kids received in district #14. It is
my goal as a school board member to ensure current and future Manitou parents can say the same.


Email  Jill Bishop

 


Maggie Santos,  Board Director (Term 2023-2027)

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I have lived in Manitou Springs since 1999. I moved here specifically so my kids could attend a small school district and have the benefit of a community that revolved around the school. Both of my children went through MSSD kindergarten-12, and it was a wonderful experience. . My father retired after traveling the world with the military and I graduated high school in Colorado Springs. I graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Spanish, and a certificate in secondary education. After teaching and coaching middle/high school, I transitioned to law enforcement where I was a DARE/School Resource Officer, was the supervisor of Sex Crimes/Crimes Against Children and the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. I became the Director of Campus Safety and Emergency Management for Colorado College. After leaving Colorado College, I have been substitute teaching and coaching Track at MSSD.


Email  Maggie Santos