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Boulder Valley School RE-2 District D

Like all school districts in Colorado, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) is governed by an elected Board of Education. The Boulder Valley Board of Education has seven members who each represent one of seven different districts throughout the geographical area of BVSD. Each member serves one four-year term per election up to a maximum of two terms or eight years total service.Four of the seven BVSD Board of Education seats will be up for election in November 2019, two of which are term limited:District ADistrict CDistrict DDistrict GCandidates MUST live in the director district in which they are running; however, they are voted upon by the entire Boulder Valley School District community.Board DutiesActing together, the Board of Education does the following:Acts as a bridge between the community and the school districtHires and supervises the superintendentProvides the district with high-level guidance/directionCreates and revises BVSD’s policiesBoard Member Qualifications(Adopted: March 9, 2010)A candidate for the office of school director shall be:A resident of the school district and a registered voter, as shown on the books of the county clerk and recorder, for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the election18 years or older by the date of the electionA citizen of the United StatesThe district has a director district plan of representation. The candidate must be a resident of the director district in which he or she is a candidate.No candidate may run representing a political party.In addition, any person who has been convicted of, pled guilty or nolo contendere to, or received a deferred judgment or sentence for commission of a sexual offense against a child is ineligible for election to a school district board of education. Similarly, any board member who is convicted of, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or receives a deferred judgment for a sexual offense against a child while serving on a board shall become ineligible to serve and a vacancy shall be created. Any person who is the subject of a pending charge of commission of a sexual offense against a child at the time of election is ineligible for election to a school district board of education.

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What areas of our public education system need to be changed to better prepare our students for the future and how would you change them?

How will you work to close the achievement gap among students, and consistently raise the level of achievement for all students?

Identify and suggest solutions for the principle issues facing BVSD over the next ten years?

What are your suggestions for improving school safety?

Please describe your view of a school board member’s relationship with parents, parent groups, BVSD employees and their unions, the superintendent, other administrators and other board members.

Background I work in higher education policy analysis and research with prior experience in academic affairs and student affairs including residence life and judicial affairs. I have been a volunteer with BVSD for over 10 years both at the school and district levels. Most notably, I was the chair of the District Parent Council (DPC) for 8 years. I was also a state board appointed member of the State Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) for six years and was elected chair for four years. I am also a long-time and active volunteer with Boulder Hockey Club since 2009. I hold an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech, a Master of Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling and Student Personnel from Springfield College in Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Science in Management from SUNY-Binghamton.
Contact phone 720.308.8748
We need to make funding public schools a priority. Colorado is near the bottom for school funding in the nation. Although there are Colorado specific policy reasons for this, we need to create a culture where education is seen as one of the most important things we can do for our society.

I am an advocate for family/school partnerships. Getting families involved early on in their children's education has many benefits for the family, the student, and the school. Family/school partnerships have shown to reduce absenteeism, increase homework completion, and increase student achievement. Education should be a shared responsibility between families and schools.
The biggest challenge facing BVSD is the achievement/equity gap. Our district is a high performing district but that does not reflect many of our most vulnerable groups. I believe some ways in which we can move the needle is by making the achievement/equity gap a top priority and getting buy-in from all stakeholders, fostering stronger family school partnerships, and identifying schools that are making some progress and sharing their strategies.
As I mentioned, the achievement/equity gap is our biggest challenge now and in the future. The gap didn’t happen overnight nor will it be eliminated overnight. It will take time and a strong commitment from BVSD leaders, including the School Board, to make this a priority and make some progress.
I am a strong believer in family/school/community partnerships and those partnerships are essential for improving school safety. I believe we can increase the presence and the number of school resource officers. Additionally, we should provide mental health resources for those who need it. Anti-bullying programs are already in place and should continue to be supported.
I believe one of the most important roles for a school board member is to be an active listener; while at the same time being a respectful team player and staying true to yourself and your values. Listening to all stakeholders is crucial to assessing the needs of our district. We are all partners in the education of our citizens.