|Aurora Public Schools Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|Bachelor's||University of Colorado|
|Ph.D.||University of Colorado|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Shepherd earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado. She later earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the same school with an emphasis in K-12 school governance. Shepherd currently works as a researcher with the Colorado Department of Education. She has also taught public policy at the University of Colorado since 2006. Shepherd has been a volunteer of Guide Dogs for the Blind and a founding member of the City of Aurora Youth Commission.
- See also: Aurora Public Schools elections (2013)
|Aurora Public Schools Board of Education, At-large, November 5, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||JulieMarie Shepherd Incumbent||22.5%||16,466|
|Source: Adams County Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 27, 2013, Arapahoe County Elections, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 22, 2013|
Shepherd began the race with an existing account balance of $135.56 from her previous campaign. She reported $2,931.00 in contributions and $2,330.57 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $735.99 on hand.
Shepherd received the following endorsements for her 2013 campaign:
- Aurora Education Association
- John Britz, The Joshua School
- Matt Cook, APS Board of Education and Colorado Association of School Boards
- Marilyn Decalo, Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
- Ryan Frazier, Former Aurora City Councilman
- Kevin Hougen, Aurora Chamber of Commerce
Shepherd explained her reasons for running in 2013 on his campaign website:
Accelerate student achievement
Accelerating student achievement and closing our achievement gaps is my number one priority. As a Board, we do this by setting clear, but realistic goals and holding the Superintendent accountable. We must also make sure that everyone involved has the needed resources and supports to be successful. Sometimes, we may fall short of our goals. When this happens, as a Board, we must have the difficult conversation to identify why this occurred and how we can continue to move forward toward success. It is also critical to regularly evaluate district programs and initiatives to ensure that they are support student learning.
Having served on the Board for four years and as President for the last year, I have a clear understanding of what my role is as a Board member. I also know how to collaborate and most effectively leverage that role to affect positive outcomes for our students and staff in the district. Two of the primary responsibilities of the Board of Education are 1--to serve as the representative link between the Aurora community and the school district and 2--to set policy that reflects the Board's values and priorities (as informed by the community) and hold the superintendent accountable.
Advocate for teachers and staff
As a graduate of Aurora Public Schools, I know first-hand the passion and excellence our educators and staff bring into our classrooms and buildings each and every day. As the local policy makers, the Board must listen to and advocate for our teachers and staff. With the weight of state and federal mandates bearing down on local school districts, the Board must help ensure that our teachers and staff have the supports and resources to implement new programs or meet new requirements. By supporting teachers and staff, we are supporting students.
Engage parents, families and the community
The Board is the link to the community, and the community must be engaged in the decision-making process. It is key that staff from all employee groups, families, students and community partners are brought into the conversation. These stakeholders should have the opportunity to be informed, ask questions and provide feedback.
The district is doing excellent work to engage parents and families and we must continue to expand this work. As a Board and as a community, we need to come together to identify the most effective strategies for engaging parents and families from all parts of the APS community. There are parents and families who may have not traditionally been as active in their students' schooling due to any number of barriers from language to work-schedules. Yet, there is room to engage these families too and involve them in the conversation about Aurora Public Schools.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Shepherd was the only incumbent to seek re-election in the 2013 election. Board members Jane Barber, Jeanette Carmany and Matthew Cook were ineligible to run for third 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."
About the district
- See also: Aurora Public Schools, Colorado
Aurora lagged behind the rest of Colorado in median income, poverty rate and higher education achievement according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The average household income in Aurora was $50,468 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Aurora was 16.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 26.1% of Aurora residents aged 25 years and older earned a Bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% rate in Colorado.
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- Re-elect Shepherd, "About JulieMarie," Accessed November 18, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate and Candidate Committee Detail," Accessed December 19, 2013
- Re-elect Shepherd, "Supporters," Accessed November 18, 2013
- Re-elect Shepherd, "On the Issues," Accessed November 18, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Aurora, Accessed: November 18, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” Accessed October 24, 2013