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Dino Valente Honored with McGuffey Award

The Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) with its prestigious McGuffey Award has honored Dino Valente, a lifelong member of the Westminster community and outgoing member of the Westminster Public Schools (WPS) Board of Education. It honors board members who have made a significant impact during their time on the board.Dino Valente accepting the McGuffey Award

Valente, who was elected to the board in 2011, is term-limited and not able to run for another term. In 2015, fellow board members elected him President of the Board. His nomination letter included the following description:

“Larry Dean (Dino) Valente is the kind of Board of Education member CASB must have had in mind when the organization created the McGuffey Award.  … (he) offered a steady, guiding hand as WPS navigated some difficult times. Dino joined the board during a period of controversy after the departure of the superintendent and a period of budget instability following the economic recession of 2009. WPS has emerged from those challenges in a strong position, both fiscally and academically. The district has a renewed sense of pride and vitality that was not apparent when Dino was elected to the board by his friends, neighbors and business associates.”

Valente is also a member of The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Legislative Council where he has been a consistent voice for the value of extracurricular activities that provide students with a well-rounded education. 

Valente graduated from Westminster High School in 1988 as class valedictorian and went on to earn his law degree from the University of Denver. While practicing law he also operates “Valente’s Deli Bakery & Italian Market” in the heart of Southwest Westminster.

Public service is not new to the Valente family. His mother, Elaine, was elected Adams County Commissioner in 1988, the first female to ever be elected to that position in Adams County. The Elaine T. Valente Open Space Park was named in her honor. Elaine T. Valente Open Space

The award is named after William Holmes McGuffey who published the McGuffey Readers, a series of seven books with stories and poems that taught reading and grammar to students as well as help them develop good character qualities.

NOTE: The public is invited to honor and celebrate Dino’s time on the board during an open house on the ESC Mezzanine on Tuesday, November 12 prior to the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting. It begins at 5 p.m.