|Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|Bachelor's||University of Phoenix|
|Master's||Mountain State University|
Loma earned his B.S. in Business from the University of Phoenix in 2008. He later earned a Master's degree in Leadership from Mountain State University in 2009. Loma is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. He has been a pastor at Victory Outreach since 1996. Loma and his wife, Debra, have five children.
|Colorado Springs School District 11, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||LuAnn Long Incumbent||21.3%||20,601|
|Nonpartisan||Al Loma Incumbent||14.3%||13,854|
|Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013|
Loma received the endorsement of the Colorado Springs Home Builders Association in 2013.
Loma first won election to the board on November 3, 2009 by placing third out of five candidates for three available seats.
|Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large, November 3, 2009|
|Source: El Paso County Clerk|
Loma provided the following answers to questions posed by the Citizens Project:
Pressing issues in district
After serving these last four years, I do not believe my job is done. Teacher pay, and a drilled down evaluation system.
Our district has gone above and beyond in addressing anti-bullying for all students. I will insure that every student has the right to feel safe at school.
School choice is one part of the puzzle to the improvement of all public schools. The board should consider any application if there is sufficient community interest and the school is viable.
The past few years we conducted a zero based budgeting system which help to trim off any unneeded costs. Any decision in reduction must be made as far away from the classroom as possible.
While the bill claims age appropriate, medically accurate is up for debate. These decisions must remain in the confines of one's home. The parent is the final arbiter with when their child is age appropriate to receive any education including sex.
What was at stake?
Incumbents Al Loma and LuAnn Long sought re-election to the board against challengers Charlie Bobbitt, Jim Mason, Linda Mojer and James Tucker. Incumbent Sandra Mann was ineligible to run for additional terms because of Amendment 17 to the Colorado Constitution, which says that no "elected official of any...school district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."
Charter school review
In October 2013, district officials completed an annual assessment of seven charter schools based on performance during the 2012-2013 school year. The review looked at academic performance, financial responsibility and operational standards for each school. A report to the board on October 23, 2013 showed that six charter schools met or exceeded district standards. Space, Technology and Arts (STAR) Academy fell behind on several requirements of a probationary contract that lasted until June 30, 2014. This school is currently on a two-year probationary contract with the district due to lagging academic performance and failure to reduce operational costs. The board will decide in November if STAR Academy should receive an extension to meet standards as proposed by Superintendent Nicholas Gledich or allow the contract to expire.
About the district
Colorado Springs lagged behind state averages for median income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2010. The average household income in Colorado Springs was $53,747 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Colorado Springs was 12.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 36.1% of Colorado Springs residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado
- Colorado Springs School District 11 elections (2013)
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- Citizens Project, "Colorado Springs School District 11 - Candidate Profiles," accessed October 28, 2013
- Colorado Springs Gazette, "Colorado Springs charter school likely to get second chance," October 24, 2013
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- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014