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22-32-109(1)(b), C.R.S. Automatic State Waivers CEC will adopt a competitive bidding policy that requires a competitive bidding process for purchases greater than $10,000.
22-32-109(1)(f), C.R.S. Colorado Early Colleges (CEC) will be responsible for its own personnel matters, including employing its own staff and establishing its own terms and conditions of employment, policies, rules and regulations, and providing its own training.  The success of CEC  will depend in large part upon its ability to select and employ its own staff and to train and direct that staff in accordance with this Charter School Agreement and the goals and objectives of the school. All CEC staff will be employed on an at-will basis.  Colorado Early Colleges has its own hiring process and compensation plan as described in the CEC Policy GCBB-O  Compensation Administration. The average staff salaries can be found in the budget or the budget narrative posted on CEC's website under Financial Transparency as well is under each school's website under Financial Transparency.
22-32-109(1)(n)(II)(A), C.R.S. The Colorado Early College - Douglas County (CEC-DC) governing board, via the charter contract, has been granted the authority to hire and evaluate personnel. Moreover, these board powers statutes are not relevant to a charter school. Colorado Early College governing board will approve and adopt annual calendars and daily schedules that meet or exceed the minimum number of hours required by state statute.
22-32-109(1)(t), C.R.S. The Charter School Institute (CSI) has granted to the Board of Directors of Colorado Early Colleges the authority to determine the educational program and textbooks to be used in the charter schools.  Colorado Early Colleges  will determine educational materials that align with its mission and vision.
22-32-110(1)(h), C.R.S. The Colorado Early Colleges (CEC) governing board, via the charter contract, has been granted the authority to hire and evaluate personnel. CEC has the authority to terminate the employment of a school employee. These decisions will be made by the Head of Schools and the CEC board will be informed of any termination decisions. Colorado Early Colleges is an at-will employer. The governing board will employ its own personnel, which includes evaluating their performance. The governing board will execute a written agreement with teaching staff. The Head of Schools and teachers will have flexibility in structuring professional development based on the needs of the school based on Performance data, SAC recommendations, Strategic Plan, and various other sources.
22-32-110(1)(i), C.R.S. The Colorado Early Colleges Governing board, via the charter contract, has been granted the authority to hire and evaluate personnel. Moreover, these board powers statutes are not relevant to a charter school. As defined by the CEC by-laws, Directors shall receive no compensation for their services as Board members. However, by resolution the Board may reimburse any Director for reasonable expenses incurred in furtherance of his duties as a Board member. Any employee of Colorado Early Colleges schools will not be eligible to serve on the Board during their employment.
22-32-110(1)(j), C.R.S. The Colorado Early Colleges Governing board, via the charter contract, has been granted the authority to hire and evaluate personnel. Moreover, these board powers statutes are not relevant to a charter school. Colorado Early Colleges  procures its own health, life, and accident insurance policy.
22-32-110(1)(k), C.R.S. Automatic State Waivers CEC has a non-discrimination Policy (AC-G Nondiscrimination) that the Governing board has adopted. The CEC Employee Handbook outlines in-service training, professional growth, safety, official conduct, and welfare of the employees. Professional development plans will align with the CEC's mission and vision.
22-32-110(1)(y), C.R.S. Automatic State Waivers Colorado Early Colleges will seek and receive gifts, donations, and grants independently from any school/ district a CEC school is located or the Charter School Institute.
22-32-110(1)(ee), C.R.S. Automatic State Waivers Colorado Early Colleges may hire non-licensed personnel; however, all teachers will be “highly qualified” as defined by law.
22-32-126, C.R.S. The Colorado  Early Colleges (CEC) governing board, via the charter contracts, has been granted the authority to hire and evaluate the school principal. Colorado Early Colleges (CEC) will hire a principal/Head of School(s) who align with our mission and vision, and can fulfill the responsibilities defined in the principal/Head of School job description. CEC will follow the disciplinary guidelines identified in CEC Policy JICD-O Conduct and Discipline and the Student and Family Handbook.
22-33-104(4) C.R.S. CSI-sponsored schools must have their own policies and procedures to address these issues. Colorado Early Colleges has its own attendance policy as defined in the CEC Policy JAHB-O Attendance and Tardy Policy as well as in the Student and Family Handbook. 
22-63-201-203, 206,301, 302, 401-403 C.R.S;  The Colorado Early Colleges (CEC) governing board, via the charter contract, has been granted the authority to hire and evaluate personnel. Its status as a charter school makes these teacher employment, compensation and dismissal act provisions irrelevant. CEC reserves the right to terminate teacher employment based on the school and students’ needs. As an at-will employer, this may happen with or without cause and with or without notice.
22-63-302, C.R.S. The Colorado  Early Colleges (CEC) governing board, via the charter contract, has been granted the authority to hire and evaluate personnel. Its status as a charter school makes these teacher employment, compensation and dismissal act provisions irrelevant. The governing board will employ its own personnel, which includes evaluating their performance. As an at-will employer, these statutes are not applicable to Colorado Early Colleges and are waived. All teaching staff must be highly qualified.
22-63-401, C.R.S. Automatic State Waivers Colorado Early Colleges (CEC) intends to follow its own teacher salary schedule as defined in the budget. CEC reserves the right to adjust teacher salaries as needed.
22-63-402, C.R.S.  Colorado Early Colleges should be granted the authority to hire teachers and principals/Head of Schools that will support the Mission and Vision.  CEC will seek to attract principals/Head of Schools  and teachers from a wide variety of backgrounds, including, but not limited to teachers from out-ofstate, teachers with a lapsed Colorado certificate, persons with several years of successful teaching experience in a setting not requiring a license, as well as persons with business or professional experience as set forth in job descriptions. All employees of CEC will be employed on an at-will basis.  Colorado Early Colleges may hire licensed teachers, but this is not necessary so long as the teacher is “highly qualified” under No Child Left Behind. All teaching staff must be highly qualified.
22-63-403, C.R.S. Automatic State Waivers As an at-will employer and a school that does not use employment contracts, this statute is not applicable to Colorado Early Colleges.
22-1-112, C.R.S Automatic State Waivers The school fiscal year for Colorado Early Colleges shall begin on the first day of July and end on the thirtieth day of June. CEC observes the following National Holidays- 1. Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day and Fourth of July. Changes or updates to these holidays are listed annually in the Employee Handbook.
Non-Automatic Waivers    
22-9-106  C.R.S. The Colorado Early Colleges (“CEC”) Head of School and Academic Dean must have the ability to perform the evaluation of all personnel.  Should the principal of Colorado Early Colleges not have a Type D certificate, this should not preclude him or her from administering the evaluations.  Colorado Early Colleges will use its own develop its own evaluation system and incorporate such into Colorado Early Colleges policy. CEC has developed clear expectations for all employees.
22-32-109(1)(n)(I) C.R.S; 22-32-109(1)(n)(II)(B) C.R.S.;  As an early college high school, it important for Colorado Early Colleges to be able to prescribe the actual details of its own school calendar and hours of teacher-pupil contact because students will take classes taught by Colorado Early Colleges as well as classes taught by multiple partner colleges. The total number of student hours in school will comply with state requirements for an early college.  A finalized calendar and school day of Colorado Early Colleges will be officially adopted each year by the Board of Colorado Early Colleges. The schools' proposed annual calendar and daily schedule will meet or exceed the minimum number of hours required by state statute
22-63-201 C.R.S. Colorado Early Colleges should be granted the authority to hire teachers and principals that will support the school’s goals and objectives.  The Colorado Early Colleges Head of School will be responsible for a wider range of tasks than a traditional district school principal.  Colorado Early Colleges will seek to attract administrators and teachers from a wide variety of backgrounds that reflect the community Colorado Early Colleges will serve, including, but not limited to multilingual staff, staff from out-of- state, teachers with a lapsed Colorado certificate, persons with several years of successful teaching experience in a setting not requiring a license, as well as persons with professional experience in areas being taught at Colorado Early Colleges Colorado Early Colleges will, where possible, hire certified teachers and principals.  However, in some instances it may be advantageous for Colorado Early Colleges to hire teachers who are mission aligned and most likely to be effective in serving this unique student populations in the communities we serve. Teachers may or may not be licensed; however, all will be “highly qualified”.  
22-63-202 C.R.S. Colorado Early Colleges should be granted the authority to develop its own employment contracts and terms and conditions of employment.  Colorado Early Colleges will be operating differently from other schools with a unique curriculum for which having the proper teaching staff is essential.  Not every teacher who is successful in a traditional public school will be successful at Colorado Early Colleges.  Employees of Colorado Early Colleges will be employed on an at-will basis.  Colorado Early Colleges (CEC) is an at-will employer, CEC does not intend to enter into contracts with any employees. Instead, CEC will present a potential employee with an offer of employment. Employment will continue until either the employee or school terminates the employment relationship.
22-63-203 C.R.S. Colorado Early Colleges should be granted the authority to develop its own employment contracts and terms and conditions of employment.  Colorado Early Colleges will be operating differently from other schools with a unique curriculum for which having the proper teaching staff is essential.  Not every teacher who is successful in a traditional public school will be successful at Colorado Early Colleges.  Employees of Colorado Early Colleges will be employed on an at-will basis.  A Colorado Early Colleges specific employment agreement which requires an annual renewal and addresses payment of salaries upon termination of employment of a teacher will be used.  Said agreement will follow Colorado Early Colleges Board Policies. CEC does not intend to offer teacher tenure.
22-63-206 C.R.S. Colorado Early Colleges should be granted the authority under a charter contract to select its own teachers.  APS should not have the authority to transfer its teachers into Colorado Early Colleges or transfer teachers from Colorado Early Colleges to any district operated schools Colorado Early Colleges will hire teachers on a “best qualified” basis.  CEC does not intend to participate in teacher
22-63-204-205 C.R.S. It is essential that the school be granted the latitude to raise money through grants and fundraising and to spend such funds to accomplish its educational objectives. Colorado Early Colleges needs to be allowed to accept pay for sale of goods to accomplish education objectives The Colorado Early Colleges Board will use policy to govern receiving gifts, donations, and grants and will monitor expenditures against instructional objectives
 22-63-103 (10) C.R.S. Developing and maintaining a qualified pool of substitute teachers can be challenging for a charter school since the expectations vary from those of traditional public schools. The Colorado Early Colleges Head of School shall have the authority to select part-time and substitute teachers. 
22-60.5-301 C.R.S. The unique curriculum and methods required to supervise and manage.   The Colorado Early Colleges Board will hire a Head of School School/administrator who will further the mission, goals and objectives of the school. This position will not function as a traditional school district principal but rather will be responsible for a wider range of tasks. Colorado Early Colleges seeks to attract a Head of School/administrator from a wide variety of backgrounds, including but not limited to, teachers and persons with professional experience in fields related to the courses being offered by Colorado Early Colleges
22-32-109.8 C.R.S. and 22-32-109.9 C.R.S. Colorado Early Colleges will hire its own employees and therefore should be responsible for complying with these provisions for its own employees and be delegated the authority to do so. Colorado Early Colleges will be responsible for complying with these provisions
22-33-105, 107 and 108, C.R.S. CSI-sponsored schools must have their own policies and procedures to address these issues. The CEC Governing board will be solely responsible for school attendance, suspension, expulsion and denial of admission according to board policies and administrative procedures.