Who is CPAC and What Do They Do?

Committee kicks off the new year with a close look at a potential 2020 bond measure and mill levy override


In January 2020, a group of 75 parents, students, teachers, and community members will gather for the first time as the newly-formed 2020 Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CPAC). This diverse group of DPS stakeholders will work together to create the bond and mill levy package that will go to the Board of Education in the summer of 2020 and, if approved, to Denver voters in November. The CPAC will examine school needs and decide how to prioritize and distribute potential bond and mill levy funds in areas such as school capacity, building maintenance, technology, safety, student transportation, and student physical and mental health. 

The most recent bond and mill levy package was approved by Denver voters in 2016 and has provided funding for a wide array of projects and programs throughout the district. From providing students with Chromebooks and internet access through the MyTech program to new outdoor athletic field lights to renovated classrooms to critical building maintenance and repairs, the impact is significant in every school. 

CPAC will be co-chaired by five community leaders: Tiffany Choi, DPS teacher and president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association; Mike Ferrufino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver; Ismael Guerrero, Executive Director of the Denver Housing Authority; Brittany Morris Saunders, President of Local Affairs at Sewald Hanfling; and Morris Price, Jr., Executive Director of City Year Denver. 

CPAC’s members were selected with the intention of giving voice to all stakeholders, and with a demographic makeup that reflects that of the district. Of the 75 members:

  • More than 50% are parents of DPS students
  • Approximately 60% are people of color, representing our district’s ethnic and racial diversity
  • Members proportionally represent each of the five board districts, with six members serving at-large

Meeting calendar, notes, and subcommittee updates will be posted at bond.dpsk12.org/cpac. There is also an opportunity for public comment at every subcommittee meeting. Send an email to cpac@dpsk12.org if you would like to speak at an upcoming meeting or submit a letter or video to the committee.