North Routt Community Charter School employee named to state board |

North Routt Community Charter School employee named to state board

Teresa Ristow
North Routt Community Charter School in Clark.
Teresa Ristow

— North Routt Community Charter School’s business manager has been chosen over several other applicants to be the newest member of a state board that oversees a charter school advocacy organization.

Susan Marshall was nominated by school Principal Brandon LaChance as one of 11 candidates for three open positions on the Colorado League of Charter Schools’ Board of Directors. Incumbents filled two of the seats, and Marshall is the only new member.

Marshall, a former senior vice president for AT&T, said she believes her business background will be useful in her role helping to oversee the league, which is a member organization that works to support charter schools across Colorado.

“The league does a lot of advocacy work, and they’re also a resource to charter schools,” Marshall said.

The organization aims to help charter schools improve performance and success by providing information and resources, technical support, advocacy and public relations assistance.

Marshall has served as North Routt’s business manager for six years and now works primarily remotely from Denver, though she spends at least one week per month in Clark.

LaChance said having Marshall as a representative on the board will be beneficial for all rural charter schools, including North Routt Community Charter School.

“Having a rural charter school represented at this level of influence will serve to benefit all rural charter schools in the district, the community and the league,” LaChance said.

Marshall said that all of the current board members associated with a charter school are affiliated with Front Range schools.

The Colorado League of Charter Schools provides resources for large and small charter schools, which continue to be a growing segment of public schools in Colorado and across the country.

For the current school year, there are 238 charter schools operating in Colorado serving nearly 115,000 students, which equates to more than 12 percent of Colorado’s public school enrollment. About 15 percent of those schools are in rural areas.

Marshall, who has served on the governing boards of the North Routt Fire Protection District and Northwest Colorado Health, said she commits to making an impact while serving on a board.

“I’m very excited,” she said.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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