Bobbitt earned a B.S. in Social Science Education from Colorado State University. He currently works as an insurance agent.
|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|
- The Colorado Springs Independent
- Colorado Springs Home Builders Association
- Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS
Bobbitt won a full term on the board in November 2007 by placing fourth out of seven candidates for four available seats. He did not seek re-election in 2011.
|Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large, November 8, 2007|
|Nonpartisan||Willie H. Breazall||9.2%||7,731|
|Nonpartisan||Delia Armstrong Busby||7.8%||6,524|
|Source: El Paso County Clerk|
Bobbitt provided the following answers to questions posed by the Citizens Project:
Pressing issues in district
District 11 has many outstanding and good schools but our poor performing schools and those students that attend those schools are very worrisome to me. We must find a way to transform all our schools from Good to Great School. I believe my past dedication to listening and looking for solutions and advocating for all students is imperative for the District 11 Board.
Bullying should not be tolerated whether it is student to student, staff to student, student to staff or staff to staff. Bullying creates a negative school environment which is detrimental to learning. District 11 is using Restorative Justice process to help correct bullying offenders.
In my five years on D11 Board, I reviewed and recommended action on sixteen charter school application. In today's school choice environment it is important that school board be flexible but firm in working with charter schools.
District 11 has a sound established budget process which continues to serve the district.
District 11 has an excellent instructional science staff that will make sure D11 is meeting any changes to sex education.
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.
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- Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado
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- Colorado Springs Gazette, "D-11 board member resigning to take job at Wasson," October 11, 2011
- Gazette Voter Guide, "Charlie Bobbitt," accessed October 28, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Colorado Springs Housing & Building Association, "PAC Endorsed Candidates," accessed October 28, 2013
- Colorado Springs Independent, "Help for education, taxes for RMJ sales," October 23, 2013
- Citizens Project, "Colorado Springs School District 11 - Candidate Profiles," accessed October 28, 2013 (dead link)
- Colorado Springs Gazette, "Colorado Springs charter school likely to get second chance," October 24, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Colorado Springs, accessed October 28, 2013
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