Barbara Yamrick

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Barbara Yamrick
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Aurora Public Schools Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Aurora Public Schools Board of Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado
Master'sUniversity of Colorado-Denver
ProfessionSubstitute teacher
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Barbara Yamrick is an at-large member of the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education in Colorado. She won election against four other candidates on November 5, 2013.


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.[1]



See also: Aurora Public Schools elections (2013)


Yamrick sought election to the board against Jasper Armstrong, Amber Drevon, Eric Nelson and JulieMarie Shepherd on November 5, 2013.


Aurora Public Schools Board of Education, At-large, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJulieMarie Shepherd Incumbent 22.5% 16,466
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEric Nelson 20.6% 15,065
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmber Drevon 19.5% 14,283
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Yamrick 18.9% 13,826
     Nonpartisan Jasper Armstrong 18.6% 13,614
Total Votes 73,254
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.[2]


Yamrick did not receive any published endorsements for her 2013 campaign.

Campaign themes


In an interview with The Aurora Sentinel, Yamrick explained her campaign themes in 2013:[1]

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

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.

Amendment 66

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.

School fees

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.

Social services

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 district....shall serve more than two consecutive terms in office."

About the district

See also: Aurora Public Schools, Colorado
Aurora Public Schools is located in Arapahoe County, CO
Aurora Public Schools serves K-12 students in Aurora, Colorado. Aurora is located primarily in Arapahoe County though sections of the city are located in Adams and Douglas Counties. According to the 2010 US Census, Aurora is home to 325,078 residents.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Aurora (%) Colorado (%)
White 61.1 81.3
Black or African American 15.7 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.1
Asian 4.9 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 5.2 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 28.7 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 104,622 34.7
Republican 99,306 33
Unaffiliated 93,858 31.2
Libertarian 2,019 0.7
Green 537 0.2
American Constitution 486 0.1

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[5]

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