Bombria earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Haven. He later earned a Management degree from the University of Phoenix. Bombria achieved the rank of Sergeant after six years in the U.S. Army. He currently works as the Director of Project Management at Combat Training Solutions. Bombria and his wife have three children currently attending district schools.
|Falcon School District 49, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Tammy Harold Incumbent||25.6%||7,331|
|Nonpartisan||David H. Moore||17.2%||4,927|
|Nonpartisan||Henry D. Allen, Jr. Incumbent||10.6%||3,025|
|Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013|
- Falcon Teachers Education Association
- Falcon Republican Party
Bombria explained his views on the major issues facing the district for the Gazette Voter Guide:
Pressing issues for the district
"Over the past few years our children have gone through a number of changes due to over turning staff, changes in curriculum, and the overall instability of the school district. Add to that the pressures of our economy have put budget constraints on everyone. As a community of parents, teachers and business leaders we need to have a unified vision for our school district and fair reporting of our tax payer investment. _The education of our children comes first in every meaningful measure. The district needs to be able to address these facts and balance them within the financial constraints of the budget and mandated curriculums. By putting our students and their learning environments first we can find solutions to these challenges."
Areas of emphasis
"Learning is more than books and lesson plans, it's a financial and personal investment by the parents, teachers and community in the futures of our children. We need to build a cooperative learning environment that enhances classroom instruction, where everyone has a voice in the education of our kids. We also need to be aware of the taxpayer investment from those who do not have children in the school system. We have a responsibility to plan, implement and report where those dollars are being spent. My goal is to engage the entire community and give the leaders of tomorrow the best opportunity to learn new skills, enhance their abilities and discover hidden talents."
"This is a investment in the future of our students. As with any investment it's important to understand where the money is being spent. The current funding formula shows that D49 will receive much less per student than other districts, while limiting district 49's ability to raise funds through mill levy or bonds. A raising tide may raise all ships but it seems as if some will be floating higher than others. If passed we need to ensure that D49 is not limited in its ability to educate our students. As with any allocation of funds we need to ask ourselves how each dollar affects the education of our children."
"There are a number of federal and state proficiency exams that each have their own normalized average. To me the number is not as important as the slow progress in improving the scores. The yearly and three year averages for our district have not been showing the increases expected by the programs in place. As a district we need to review the reasons behind this and develop a comprehensive plan to get ahead of the curve and show real improvement. Our school curriculums need to be aligned to the state and federal standards. The yearly review of data needs to include a look at what improvements worked and what needs to be improved, both at the school and district level. I believe with these changes we can see real improvement over the national and state averages."
What was at stake?
Incumbents Henry D. Allen, Jr. and Tammy Harold sought re-election to the board. The ballot included challengers Bombria, Kevin Butcher, David H. Moore and John Graham. Current member Christopher Wright did not file for re-election in 2013.
Conflict of interest concerns
Dana Palmer, the chair of the District Accountability and Advisory Committee, has raised conflict-of-interest concerns about the candidacy of Kevin Butcher. Butcher is the president of Tutt Commercial Center LLC, which currently leases real estate to the district for administrative offices. He has also acted as an intermediary between Eastern Colorado Bank and Falcon School District during negotiations to rent space for the Falcon Virtual Academy. Palmer is concerned that Butcher "will not be able to make unbiased decisions" about district finances if he wins on November 5, 2013. Butcher has countered that the district agreed to a lease with Tutt well before his candidacy and he would not be biased if the district pursues leases or other real estate transactions.
About the district
- See also: Falcon School District 49, Colorado
El Paso County lagged behind state averages for median income and higher education achievement while outperforming the state poverty rate in 2010. The average household income in El Paso County was $57,079 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in El Paso County was 11.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 35.1% of El Paso County residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.
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- District elections profile (dead link)
- Campaign Facebook page
- Falcon Republican Party profile
- LinkedIn page
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