|Board Member, Springfield School Committee, District 3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November, 2007|
|Bachelor's||Westfield State University|
|Master's||Westfield State University|
Christopher Collins resides in Springfield, Massachusetts. Collins earned a B.S. and an M.S. from Westfield State University before beginning his career as an educator. He spent more than 35 years as a teacher, insurance administrator and principal in Springfield Public Schools before reaching retirement.
Christopher Collins ran unopposed to keep his District 3 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Springfield Public Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Christopher Collins Incumbent||98.4%||2,155|
|Source: City of Springfield, Massachusetts, "Springfield Vote Counts: Nov. 5 City Election Night Results," accessed December 18, 2013|
Christopher Collins began the race with an existing account balance of $2,295.16 from his previous campaigns. He reported no contributions or expenditures to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which left his campaign with $2,295.16 on hand.
Christopher Collins did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Springfield Public Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Christopher Collins Incumbent||68.9%||4,571|
|Source: Springfield, Massachusetts, "November 3, 2009 Municipal Election Returns," accessed September 24, 2013|
What was at stake?
There were six seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. All six incumbents sought re-election to the board and four of them faced challengers. Barbara Gresham and Christopher Collins ran unopposed to retain their District 2 and 3 seats, respectively. Denise M. Hurst and Antonette E. Pepe attempted to fend off challenges to their at-large seats from Calvin McFadden and Brenden J. Hammerle. District 1 incumbent Norman Roldan ran against newcomer Rosa Perez, and District 4 incumbent Peter M. Murphy faced a challenge from Zaida Govan.
About the districtMassachusetts in Hampden County. The county seat of Hampden County is Springfield. Hampden County is home to 467,319 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. In the 2011-2012 school year, Springfield Public Schools was the second-largest school district in Massachusetts and served 25,185 students.
Hampden County underperformed compared to the rest of Massachusetts in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.5 percent of Hampden County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 39.4 percent for Massachusetts as a whole. The median household income in Hampden County was $49,094 compared to $66,866 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Hampden County was 17.7 percent compared to 11.4 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
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- Jack Flynn, The Republican, "New Springfield School Committee vice chair Christopher Collins convenes first meeting with gavel used by father as chair in 1950s," January 2, 2012
- Western Mass Politics & Insight, "Committee Member Christopher Collins," accessed September 24, 2013
- Springfield Public Schools, "Christopher Collins," accessed September 24, 2013
- Springfield, Massachusetts, "OCPF Information," accessed December 20, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Hampden County, Massachusetts," accessed January 26, 2015
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012," accessed September 23, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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