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Lewis-Palmer School District 38 - District 2

Lewis-Palmer School District #38 has one open, 4-year term Board of Education Director for District 2 position.

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    THERESA PHILLIPS

Biographical Information

In what ways have you been involved in public schools, and how will you address the most pressing challenges for your district? (100 word limit)

What will you do to ensure equity among schools in your district, accounting for varying needs of students and families? How do you ensure that the district's budget reflects these values? (100 word limit)

How do you balance school choice when encountering the challenges of changing enrollment? (100 word limit)

What role should the arts, STEM, athletics and workforce training play in public education, and how do you balance their funding?

How will you balance meeting the academic needs of students, and also meet their emotional/social/safety needs?

Contact phone 719-209-1699
I have been a parent of school-aged children since we settled in Colorado in 2006 and have served in numerous volunteer roles. Addressing challenges requires collaborative engagement and creative problem solving accompanied by input from expert sources. LPSD has numerous challenges, many of which center on our growth over the past 10 years. We need to address additional infrastructure needs as soon as possible. One key to successfully addressing this challenge is having clear and consistent communication of our short and long term vision for the district. In the short term, we are asking our stakeholders to approve Bond 4A for construction of a new elementary school which will also allow the re-opening of an additional middle school.
Ensuring equity requires having solid leadership in place at each school building alongside an environment of respect and excellent communication within the administration. The budget reflects these needs since input is taken at every level and those suggestions are considered and/or incorporated.
School choice is always a positive element for families and students. It allows each family to determine the “best fit” for their child. As enrollment changes, there should be leeway in the public school system to allow for variations in enrollment at each school site. Carrying a healthy general fund balance allows the district to absorb variances from year to year.
Arts, workforce training and athletics all play a very important role in allowing our children opportunity, challenges, community involvement and exposure to various future options, some of which may become future careers. Public education is larger than purely academics. Balancing the funding requires that we regularly evaluate expenditures to reflect the importance of these activities.
There is considerable work being done to ensure communication between various community entities and individuals in our district such that mental health concerns of our young people will/are being met. I am personally involved in a coalition in our local area which is creating goals and actionable ideas and events to increase community awareness and engagement on social emotional needs of our young people, from elementary through high school ages. I communicate my commitment to this concern regularly as we consider various topics and board decisions.