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|Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||6|
|Board Vice President|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 3, 2009|
|High school||Mitchell High School|
Long graduated from Mitchell High School. She worked with students with disabilities in the district prior to her retirement. Long also served as a co-director of the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Women Helping Women. She and her husband, Mickey, have two adult children who graduated from the district.
|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|
- The Colorado Springs Independent
- Public Educators Advocating for Kids (PEAK)
- Colorado Springs Home Builders Association
- Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS
Long first won election to the board on November 3, 2009 by placing second out of five candidates for three available seats.
|Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large, November 3, 2009|
|Source: El Paso County Clerk|
Long provided the following answers to questions posed by the Citizens Project:
Pressing issues in district
I am running for the BOE because I have served on the BOE for four years, but in four years one is just getting started in identifying needs and doing something about them. I need time to finish the good things we have started. The most pressing issues the District should address this year are as follows:
We successfully revised all our policies to not only include anti-bullying language, but also to include gender identity language. We have added a no-bullying button on our website so that anyone can report bullying by adults or students and have made anti-bullying a top priority in all our district’s goals.
I am for public education, although I think there are cases where charter schools could be successful. It is a state mandate, but all schools should be held to the same standards if they receive public funds. I am not in favor of vouchers because of the funding mechanism.
There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to budget decisions. We must trust the administration to give us the right recommendations through an inclusive, meaningful, and transparent process. The BOE must then make the final decisions to maintain a well-rounded program based on student needs.
District 11 has already started the implementation of House Bill 13-1081, but we have work to do. I would want to follow this implementation in both policy revisions and curriculum revisions, from elementary through high schools, to ensure age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education. These concepts are very important to me.
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 lasted 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.
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- Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado
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