Cotopaxi School District Financial Transparency

The Cotopaxi School District RE-3 values open and honest communication with its many stakeholders: staff, students, parents, and taxpayers. In order to meet the requirements of Article 44, Title 22 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, The Public School Financial Transparency Act, we have posted the following items on our financial transparency webpage.

Fremont RE-3 Finance Data

Required Financial Transparency

Colorado Revised Statutes, 22-44-304

* District Adopted Budget
* District Financial Audit
Salary Schedules
Financial Data File  *FY19-20
* List of Waivers Received by the School District - 
Cotopaxi School district currently does not have any waivers from state statute.
* Standardized Description and Rationale for Each Automatic Waiver - 
does not apply to our district.
* Federal Form 990,990-EZ, or 990PF
 does not apply to our district.
* Plan for Distributing Additional Mill Levy Revenue or Statement of Intent of Distribute 
does not apply to our district.
* Other District Specific Financial Information

Financial Data File for FY20-21 is required to be posted no later than March 1st, 2022

Financial Transparency for Colorado Schools

Colorado Department of Education Office of School Finance


Please consider the context when evaluating financial transactions. Some transactions may appear improper on the surface but are perfectly normal and justifiable when placed in the proper context. We welcome your questions regarding our financial transactions or records.


Cotopaxi School District has received notification as an award winner for the following grants. CRF - FY 19-20 $277411.41 - Used for COVID-19 supplies, COVID-paraprofessionals ESSER I - FY 20-21 $46,508 - Used for COVID-19 supplies, COVID-paraprofessionals, All staff extra duty stipend EOY, ESSER II - FY 21-24 $256,279, ESSER III - Applied, awaiting a decision.

RE-3 ALLOCATION:  $575,567
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) adding funds to the Elementary and Secondary Education Relief (ESSER) fund in emergency pandemic aid.   ESSER III funds must be spent to address the impacts of COVID-19 and Districts are required to use at least 20% of funding for addressing the learning impacts of the pandemic.   

Cotopaxi School District will ensure that ARP - ESSER III funds will be used for purposes that are reasonable, necessary, and allocable under the ARP Act. Cotopaxi Schools will use ESSER III funds for technology purchases to allow students and staff to connect at any time whether remote or in the classroom. Teacher recruitment and retention is an increased concern due to COVID-19. Cotopaxi School district will look to hire a part/full time coaching specialist that will work directly with new staff, as well we will look to hire a part/full time mental health specialist to help both students and staff with pandemic or post pandemic needs. Continual professional development training is necessary for teachers, paraprofessionals, and instructional staff on technology improvements, instructional methods, and social/emotional needs. Instructional learning loss will be assessed and programs developed to address identified learning loss. The district will also purchase additional vehicles to keep students in their cohorts and socially distanced when being transported. Air quality improvements will be installed on busses and in school buildings. Cotopaxi School District will implement a Summer School program to address learning loss for the next two years. Cotopaxi School District will continue to provide the training needed to ensure all buildings and busses are appropriately cleaned and disinfected in accordance with guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. Cotopaxi School District is committed to ensuring that no student or teacher will be denied access or participation based on gender, race, national origin, disability, or age.

Contact Information:
Amber Canterbury, Business Manager
719-942-4131 x 365

Danielle Van Esselstine, Superintendent
719-942-4131 x223

Cotopaxi Consolidated School District
345 County Road 12
PO Box 385
Cotopaxi, CO 81223
719-942-4134 (fax)