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|Aurora Public Schools Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Aurora Public Schools Board of Education|
|Bachelor's||University of Colorado|
|Master's||University of Colorado-Denver|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Yamrick earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Studies from the University of Colorado. She later earned a Master's degree in Planning and Community Development from the University of Colorado-Denver. Yamrick was appointed to the Regional Transportation District Board of Directors in 2004. She currently works as a substitute teacher at district schools.
- See also: Aurora Public Schools elections (2013)
|Aurora Public Schools Board of Education, At-large, November 5, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||JulieMarie Shepherd Incumbent||22.5%||16,466|
|Source: Adams County Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 27, 2013, Arapahoe County Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 22, 2013|
Yamrick reported no contributions but $95.00 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $95.00 in debt.
Yamrick did not receive any published endorsements for her 2013 campaign.
In an interview with The Aurora Sentinel, Yamrick explained her campaign themes in 2013:
Senate Bill 191
The benefit of the new teacher assessment system set up by Senate Bill 191 gives a standard meter stick for all — supposedly a level playing field. However, any state law detracts from the autonomy and individuality of local school districts and therein diminishes the necessity for local control to stay close to home. I believe we are giving away our rights, bit by bit.
Concurrent enrollment expands possibilities. I believe a basic, uniform diploma for all with differentiation of board categories might be quite desirable. College credit, technology and mechanical arts might be some of the delineations considered.
Moving funding of public schools from property tax to income tax shifts local control, which is the outcome of Amendment 66. It moves decisions farther away from parents and property owners most affected by change and therein lessens the likelihood of those most immediately involved to impact the system. Public school education needs an overhaul, not a Band-Aid. If it fails, each district will need to scrutinize the current use of its funds to better serve each student.
Student fees are a reality at every grade level. Activities play an important role in the assessment of the quality of a school district. However, I believe those utilizing any particular aspect of those activities benefit most and should pay a slightly higher participation fee.
Public schools’ job is to inform. Education enables reform. Society therein is enabled to transform itself. When schools tend to their job, society can tend to its job of finding ways to transform itself; be it through higher-paid jobs, expansion of resources or better nutrition.
What was at stake?
JulieMarie Shepherd was the only incumbent to seek re-election in the 2013 election. Board members Jane Barber, Jeanette Carmany and Matthew Cook were ineligible to run for third 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."
About the district
- See also: Aurora Public Schools, Colorado
Aurora lagged behind the rest of Colorado in median income, poverty rate and higher education achievement according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The average household income in Aurora was $50,468 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Aurora was 16.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 26.1% of Aurora 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate and Candidate Committee Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Aurora, accessed: November 18, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 24, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014