Jim Mason (Colorado)
|Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|Years of service||1975-2005|
Mason earned his B.A. in Political Science from Knox College. He later earned a M.S. in Personnel Management from Troy University and a Master of Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army Command General Staff College. Mason retired with the rank of Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2005. He currently works as a contractor with Sparta, Inc.
|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|
Mason received the following endorsements for his campaign:
- The Colorado Springs Independent
- Public Educators Advocating for Kids (PEAK)
- Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS
Mason provided the following answers to questions posed by the Citizens Project:
Pressing issues in district
I will make a positive difference in District 11's objective of improving student achievement. I currently serve on the District Accountability Committee, Budget Subcommittee. I have served on the Subcommittee for the past five years; the last three years as Chairman. I have firsthand experience with the challenges facing the District and have assisted in formulating courses of action to accomplish our goals and objectives. My Priorities are: a) Academic Achievement; b) Supporting Teachers, Principals, and Staff; and c) Increase and improve parental/guardian involvement—of which, I also see these as the District's most pressing issues as well.
Currently, School District 11 supports and enforces the law in a way consistent with its intent. As a Board Member, I will diligently ensure the District is complaint and has in place methods for monitoring and assessing our program.
Charter Schools have value in the overall educational framework that supports improved Student Achievement. Vouchers—I am against. Student achievement must improve; we must focus on this task. Moreover, if we raise student achievement to grade-level, the context of Charter School and voucher discussions will substantially change.
I will work with Board colleagues and the Administration to design budget plans that foster improved student achievement. Additionally, I will assist in codifying the strengths and weaknesses associated with the State's education policies and requirements while taking a lead role in communicating this information to Officials.
My first priority would be in reviewing the curriculum ensuring that considerations for grade-level appropriateness, presentation format, and "prepared" teachers are addressed and in place. Next will be monitoring and reporting, ensuring parents/guardians are a part of the student's academic experience.
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 lasts 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.
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado
- Colorado Springs School District 11 elections (2013)
- Jim Mason for School Board, "Bio," accessed October 28, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Jim Mason for School Board, "Main," 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
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 28, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014