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Albany County School District 1 Area A {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

Term is four years with no term limits, expiration dates are staggered for the nine nonpartisan Trustees. Area A has six representatives who must live in the city limits, excluding Cottonwood Estates and the Roach addition. There are three vacancies in Area A, those elected join Beth Bear, Jason Tangeman and Nate Martin whose terms expire in 2022.There is one representative from Area B who must live outside Area A, there is no vacancy in this race this year, the person holding that office is Janice Marshall, whose term ends in 2022. There are 2 At-large representatives, and there is one vacancy for that race, with the winner joining Lawrence Perea whose At-large term ends in 2022.

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    Jalyn Anderson
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    Mark Bittner
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    Christopher M. Dixon
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    Jennifer Hess
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    Kirsten Holles
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    Jamin Johnson
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    Victoria Kent
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    Rachel Suarez LeBeau
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    Jason Satkunam
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    Emily Siegel Stanton
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What is the appropriate balance of power between the District Superintendent and the elected Board of Trustees?

Considering a likely income shortfall, what specific measures do you favor to balance the 2021-2022 budget?

What school board policy regarding athletic activities, as defined by the Wyoming High School Activities Association, would you advocate in light of evidence that long-term neurological issues may result from sports or activities that cause head injuries?

Campaign Phone (307) 760-4610
Facebook Jalyn Anderson
Street Address 1722 Barratt St Laramie, WY 82070
Phone 307-760-4610
Instagram Jalyn Anderson
Email Address jaylnandersondpt@gmail.com
Party Affiliation Nonpartisan
I have become an involved member of the community of Laramie and high school athletics as a Physical Therapist for the last 10 years.
I believe there needs to be less emphasis on power, and instead focus on creating an environment for non-biased dialogue. The superintendent and each trustee have a different background and education; therefore, we should use them as resources to collaborate ideas to better our school district.
I would prioritize expenditures that have a direct impact on the students as a priority, then eliminate the bottom of the priority list. I would also investigate different options for federal funding for school lunch programs and allocate a part of the CARES act money to adjust for likely budget cuts.
This is a very personal issue with me as my husband passed away 5 years ago due to a concussion related brain injury. I have spent the last 3 years researching and implementing a post-concussion protocol in my practice. Research now shows that concussions are treatable to prevent long-term effects. Therefore, I will advocate that each athlete performs a baseline screening and that each coach is educated by NFHS to properly identify signs and symptoms of a concussion. Any athletes that have symptoms that last longer than one week should be referred for further vestibular and/or vision therapy.
Street Address 2513 Overland Rd Laramie, WY 82070
Email Address mbittner51@gmail.com
Party Affiliation Nonpartisan
I am currently the Director of the University of Wyoming Early Care and Education Center. I have been in this position for 29 years and also teach practicum courses for the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at UW. I have lived in Albany County for over 40 years and all three of my children have attended school in ACSD 1 and are graduates of LHS. I am seeking a second term on the ACSD 1 Board of Trustees and I feel that my current term has been extremely important work and I would like a chance to continue this work at a very important time.
As a Board member, it is critical to remember that the District Superintendent is the only employee of the Board. We must be sure to emphasize that the Board does not get involved in day to day operations of the district but our role is to support the Superintendent as well as making sure that the district is being fiscally responsible and that we are supporting to the best we can the education and welfare of all the students in the district. Decisions made by the Board must be taken seriously and supported by each Board member taking time to learn all they can in order to make the decision.
As we learn more from the State and Governor’s Office, it will be important that whatever budget decisions we have to make will have the least amount of impact to the children, classrooms, and teachers. Looking at more creative ways to make sure children are not being affected by budget changes will be important. It might be necessary to change classroom ratios or a reduction of working hours of certain positions, but making sure that the general “basket of goods” that children receive is not overall affected will be so important.
The district does have a current policy regarding student safety and wellness as well as having a committee on Wellness. We also have an agreement with Premiere Bone and Joint for a Sports Trainer. Head injury prevention has definitely been something that has been in discussion and is an issue important to me. I believe that having the district informed on any current research and protection for student athletes would be an ongoing process. I would support any additional policies that might be best for student athletes at ACSD.
Campaign Phone (520) 820-4517
Street Address 1902 E Garfield St Laramie, WY 82070
Phone 520-820-4517
Email Address workdixon13@hotmail.com
Party Affiliation Nonpartisan
I am a father of two. My daughter, 13, currently attends the Junior High and my son, 9, goes to Beitel Elementry. I have every minute of being involved in their education. I will admit to having a leg up as both my mom and dad are former educators. I feel with my family history that I have an unique perspective. I also feel that the time I have spent on Laramie’s Parks Trees Recreation Advisory Board has enabled me to be receptive to the needs and wants of the community.
The Board of Trustees is an elected body whereas the Superintendent has been hired. The balance of power should rest solely upon the Board. There are a few exceptions such as emergencies and situations like the District is currently experiencing.
Managing a budget is never a simple matter, especially when it impacts so many people. It will have to be viewed from many angles and an in-depth discussion will have to happen.
The school district needs to keep up to date with the policies set forth by the Wyoming High School Activities Association. Perhaps going one step further where possible. Injuries are always a possibility no matter what sport is being played. That’s why parents, student athletes, and coaching staff need on the same page.
Campaign Phone (307) 460-1293
Street Address 1117 E Garfield St Laramie, WY 82070
Phone 307-460-1293
Email Address jennhess55@gmail.com
Party Affiliation Nonpartisan
I have been a resident of Laramie for 13 years. I am a co-owner of HWA Wildlife Consulting, LLC where my main role as a scientist is using data to make informed decisions for our natural resources. I have held positions outside my normal schedule as a teacher, a coach (soccer, basketball, and mountain biking), mentor, and have led student offices and pushed for changes in school policies throughout my educational career. I have worked with students across the socioeconomic spectrum and students with all abilities. I want to ensure the best outcomes for each and every student in Albany County.
The elected Board of Trustees and the District Superintendent should actively work together to ensure that a quality teaching and a flourishing learning environment is available to students. Both the Board and Superintendent must be proactive at communicating, clearly state roles and responsibilities to promote a healthy working relationship. Through clear communication, a collaborative work environment, and a healthy, respectful relationship, the superintendent and board can create ideal solutions for the challenges the district faces while focusing on student success.
The current pandemic has created new challenges for meeting budgetary requirements. Because we are still unsure of the full effect of the pandemic on the community in the next few months, the school board must work diligently on preparing for future economic shortfalls and potential budget cuts. Identifying programs that are currently working and not working would be a good first step in categorizing academically essential programs for students. I believe the board can work together and be preemptive at finding ways to plan for 2021-2022 by identifying areas that can be adjusted, even for the
Athletic activities provide significant benefits to student’s success including improvement of overall academics, development of strong relationships, gaining self-esteem, and promote physical and mental health. We also know younger athletes are more vulnerable to concussions than adults. Aggressive procedures need to be in place to minimize the risk of head injuries by ensuring proper protective gear, providing appropriate training (concussion symptom awareness for coaches, athletes, and parents), creating return-to-play decisions, and adjusting procedures to reflect best practices.

Campaign Phone (906) 231-4420
Street Address 1801 Rainbow Ave Laramie, WY 82070
Phone 906-231-4420
Email Address kirstenholles@yahoo.com
Party Affiliation Nonpartisan
I became involved with Albany County Schools when my children started attending school in Laramie, volunteering in classrooms and attending field trips. As a substitute teacher, I worked in the district schools. I have an MBA with a focus on budgeting and cost accounting and the business manager of a Mental Health clinic. My children have been involved in numerous clubs, are athletes and musicians, and needed support through an Individualized Education Program. I believe the school board must be responsive and receptive to parents, staff, students and the community, encouraging an open dialog.
The District Superintendent is the board’s chief advisor and executive, creating procedures based on the policy as passed by the Board of Trustees. I believe the Board needs to have an open relationship with the Superintendent, but neither should micromanage the other.
The Board needs to approach income shortfalls without an agenda. The majority of the school budget consists of salary and building maintenance, thus making cuts to the budget difficult. My experience as a cost accountant and with developing budgets will aid me at looking at how we can identify efficiencies. But we need to ensure that we work on keeping the education for our students of a high quality while protecting our teachers and staff.
In Junior High, my daughter collided with another swimmer during swim season which resulted in a concussion. The concussion protocol at the time only required she be cleared by her pediatrician before she returned to practice. It did not take long before the intensity of practice resulted in post-concussion syndrome. The current protocols by the WHSAA now require a slower introduction of the student back to their activity. Knowing how anxious students are to get back to their activities, especially with short seasons, the current protocols appear to be conservative and appropriate.
Street Address 4128 Bobolink Ln Laramie, WY 82070
Email Address jaminwy@gmail.com
Party Affiliation Nonpartisan
As a lifelong resident of Laramie, my education in ACSD laid the foundation for my college education and current career. My passion for education grew with my B.S. in Child Development and my M.S. in Community Health Education. At the Wyoming Dept. of Health I serve all children and youth with special health care needs. As a dad of 2 children in ACSD, 1 with special needs, I know the absolute value of our dedicated educators, administrators and support staff. I am amazed by the ways in which they support, encourage and educate my children. I want to remain a strong voice for ACSD families
The Board of Trustees maintains responsibility for creating district policy and reviewing, correcting, and overseeing the ACSD annual budget. They represent the voice of the public in delivering high quality education to all children and are responsible for ensuring compliance with State and Federal laws governing education. The Board delegates the responsibilities of daily operations to the Superintendent whom they appoint. After development of the ACSD strategic plan, The Board is charged with supporting and holding the Superintendent accountable for implementing this plan.
ACSD is vital to the entire community. It is critical to develop a sustainable budget that effectively supports children, teachers, and support staff in ACSD. If there is an income shortfall, I will work to implement measures to reduce the budget while maintaining the highest level of education possible. I will work alongside teachers, administrators and support staff to identify areas where the district can reduce spending. I understand that these decisions will impact our entire community and will be a strong voice for our children.
I will work to develop a policy that reflects the recommendations of the Wyoming High School Activities Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The policy will direct that the athlete immediately be removed from practice and competition if a head injury or concussion is suspected. The athlete will remain excluded from participation pending notice from a health care provider that they can return to play. Additionally, school staff will assist the athlete in appropriately modifying learning activities pending notice from a health care provider.
Campaign Phone (307) 212-8293
Street Address 816 E Grand Ave Apt 2 Laramie, WY 82070
Phone 307-212-8293
Instagram @KentForBoard
Email Address kentforboard@gmail.com
Party Affiliation Nonpartisan
As a recent LHS graduate, I’ve been intimately involved in the school system and have seen when it fails to address the needs of students, teachers and parents. The convoluted response to the pandemic is a symptom of the broader issue of isolation between administrative decisions and their effects in schools. During my time as an LHS student, I advocated for increased sexual assault prevention. My attempts for change went unheeded. It’s time for a school board that is willing to fight for the issues affecting students.
Fundamentally, the school board is selected by the community to decide the direction of our schools. While the work done by the superintendent is certainly integral to the district, the Board should be the principal guide of school district policy and leave only specifics and implementation to the superintendent, and academic choices to experts. Any situation in which elected officials begin to leave too much power in the hands of those who don’t directly answer to the public becomes overly-insulated and runs the risk of no-longer representing the interests of our district.
In case of lower revenue leading to a more cost-effective budget for the 2021-2022 school year, maintaining the highest level of stability for students is paramount. The importance of programs related to mental health, access to counselors and psychiatrists, cannot be understated during this tumultuous time period, as the effect of the pandemic on mental health is significant. In order to manage the budget efficiently, cost-sharing between extracurricular activities and increasing community partnerships could allow programs to continue for families even in the face of budgetary shortcomings.
The safety of students engaging in extracurriculars is imperative. The school board needs to keep up with rapidly evolving scientific literature on this issue, and continually update policy. Increasing baseline testing and screenings for concussions by trained personnel is crucial, as early management of brain injury is essential. In addition to this, awareness of potential dangers of any activities should be shared with students and parents so that athletes can continue to engage in their sport of choice with the most informed, scientifically accurate knowledge to protect their health.
Facebook @rachelforboard
Street Address 2261 Falcon Ct Laramie, WY 82072
Instagram @rachelforboard
Email Address rachelslebeau@gmail.com
Party Affiliation Nonpartisan
I am a career teacher, forever student, and child advocate. I have spent my working life serving at-risk and underserved students in secondary grades. In more recent years, I have also collaborated with adult learners – both as an instructional facilitator strategizing with teachers, and academic advisor for students in medical school. My passion is the practice of equitable education and ensuring that every student feels noticed and capable. I am a mother to three ACSD1 students and am proud of our public schools.
Both the Superintendent and Board of trustees have a responsibility to ensure that students have the best opportunity to reach their potential through curriculum, personnel, facilities, and policy decisions. The superintendent’s working knowledge of school operations should lend itself to appropriate advice, counsel, and recommendations to the board for voting and implementation. Part of the trustees’ responsibilities is also to provide oversight of the Superintendent’s performance and ensure Superintendent actions reflect the needs of students, teachers, and families.
The pandemic has made abundantly clear how much we rely on our schools and teachers. They are guideposts and sanctuaries. To further cut the already threadbare budget will be agonizing. I am not in support of cuts to student services or teacher and support staff salaries & benefits. I understand that our state is in a dire position and will make informed budget decisions that keep in mind physical and emotional safety for students. If we intend to continue relying on schools for child safety, nutrition, and mentorship on top of curriculum and instruction, we must get creative.
The Board should develop a policy to mitigate long-term neurological damage from sports. This policy would direct coaches and trainers to participate in a concussion recognition course (free through the National Federation of State High School Associations). The policy would require student athletes, parents, and district personnel to be educated in the signs/symptoms of head injury before engaging in play. Finally, the policy should outline restrictions concerning participation in school athletic events after suffering a head injury and guidelines for athletes’ return to play.

Campaign Phone (307) 349-9824
Facebook VoteSatkunam
Street Address 1403 Mitchell St Laramie, WY 82070
Phone 307-349-9824
Email Address jsatkunam@charter.net
Party Affiliation Nonpartisan
I have been a resident of Albany County for 20 years now and am proud to call Laramie my home. I care deeply about the education that our children receive in the district as well as the teachers who guide the valuable educational process. As a current member of the board I look forward to continuing to build and shape ACSD1 to be a model district in our state. I believe our educational system should be a reflection of our community values and a sense of community is what I hope to foster in ACSD1 moving forward.
The school board focuses on policy while allowing the superintendent to focus on administrative and operational concerns. This balance of power has served the board well in the past. The board is elected to represent all the facets of the education community and make informed decisions with the collaboration of the Superintendent. The board must also take into account how its decisions affect the teaching community by proactively listening to and supporting our teachers and staff which will strengthen our educational system.
The school board and administration have already begun discussing potential cuts as we await the final word from the Legislature. Currently about 86% of our budget goes to salaries and benefits so we may have to face the unpleasant possibility of reducing positions by increasing class size. Thankfully we can accomplish most of this through the natural attrition we see every year, so the impact to existing personnel should be small. We also are looking at other areas that would allow us to save as many positions as possible while tightening our belt and meeting the Legislature’s demands
We need to ensure we are following current research and science when addressing this issue. The district follows and practices the concussion protocol set forth by the WHSAA in addition to an athletic trainer on staff that monitors the health and safety of student athletes. I would continue to follow this policy as it ensures our student athletes are monitored and given proper medical attention and care. It is also important that both the parent and student are well-advised and remember that the health and safety of our student athletes is the foremost concern.
Campaign Phone (307) 399-4508
Facebook Emily For School Board
Street Address 1407 Steele St Laramie, WY 82070
Phone 307-399-4508
Email Address siegelstantonforschoolboard@gmail.com
Party Affiliation Nonpartisan
I am a mental health professional in Laramie with a passion for making our schools safer and healthier for everyone. My career requires listening before providing guidance, and I hope to bring those skills to the board by hearing from everyone with a stake in our schools. As a parent, I believe that every child deserves an extraordinary education, and that excellent schools are the most important foundation we can build for our community.
My view is that there should be an equal balance of power between the District Superintendent and the Board of Trustees. Good governance requires checks and balances, and no one body can make decisions alone or leverage power over the other at the expense of thorough, informed, transparent decision-making. I am very aware, however, that the Superintendent and staff bring a lifetime of service, training, and expertise to their roles, and I believe the trustees can and always should learn from them.
This is an extraordinarily difficult year for our schools, and comes on the heels of other budget cuts and adjustments. I propose we conduct a top-down review of our budget, starting with higher-level pay scales and district-level roles rather than making further cuts to staff, educators and direct services. From my perspective, limiting the student experience by cutting electives is not an option.
As a former collegiate athlete, I believe in pursuing our highest potential, on and off the field. This means being able to stay active physically and mentally over the long haul, not sacrificing the future for a short-term goal. As a mental health professional, I also believe that research and science should guide our decisions on athletics, as on every other aspect of student life. I applaud the efforts of the Wyoming High School Activities Association to take player safety seriously, and as a trustee I would devote myself to researching the data and implementing best practices . . .