|Thompson Board of Education, District A|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Northern Colorado|
|J.D.||University of South Dakota|
Rice earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She later earned a J.D. from the University of South Dakota Law School. Rice has served as an Assistant Attorney General in Wyoming and Colorado as well as an elementary school teacher. She currently works part-time as an attorney. Rice and her husband, Frank, have two children and three grandchildren.
|Thompson Board of Education, District A General Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Jeff Berg Incumbent||40.7%||12,327|
|Nonpartisan||Kathleen D. Hatanaka||15.3%||4,628|
|Source: Larimer County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report," November 19, 2013|
Rice's campaign website listed the following themes for 2013:
"There is a disconnect between student achievement and public funding in Thompson School District.
Test scores are going down; Thompson is near the bottom when compared with other school districts in the region.
We must find ways to improve student achievement by reconsidering priorities and maximizing efficient use of district funds."
Finance & economics
"The average indebted American household owes over $15K in credit card debt and over $30K in student loan debt.
We must find ways to instill a solid understanding of economics, finances and money management in our students to help them avoid the same fate."
More foreign languages
"In addition to the Latin-based foreign languages, we must offer other languages that enable students to prepare for an international workplace."
What was at stake?
Incumbent Jeff Berg competed with challengers Rice and Kathleen D. Hatanaka to fill an unexpired two-year term in District A. Berg was appointed to the seat in August 2012 to replace Lola Johnson. Challenger Bryce Carlson faced Janice Marchman for the District B seat. Board members Sharon Olson (District E) and Leonard Sherman (District F) did not file for re-election. The District E race featured newcomers Rocci Bryan and Lori Hvizda Ward. Carl Langner and Gerald Lauer who ran for the open seat in District F.
About the district
- See also: Thompson School District, Colorado
Larimer County outperformed the rest of Colorado in higher education achievement while lagging behind state rates for median income and poverty. The average household income in Larimer County was $57,215 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Larimer County was 13.4% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 43.1% of Larimer County residents aged 25 years and older earned a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% 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.
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- Donna Rice for School Board, "About," accessed October 23, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Facebook, "Liberty Watch Colorado," October 12, 2013
- Boulder Weekly, "Election Guide 2013: Full list of Boulder Weekly endorsements," October 17, 2013
- Donna Rice for School Board, "Issues," accessed October 23, 2013
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