Roger Alan DeWitt
|Roger Alan DeWitt|
|Board Member, Greeley-Evans School District 6, At-large|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|Appointed by||Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education|
DeWitt was appointed to the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of former member, Judy Kron. DeWitt has worked as a teacher at Greeley Central High School, Heath Middle School, John Evans I.B. Middle School and Greeley West High School. He taught at Aims Community College before taking his current position as an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado.
|Greeley-Evans School District 6, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Roger Alan DeWitt Incumbent||13.6%||9,773|
|Nonpartisan||Paleri Mann Incumbent||8.5%||6,142|
|Source: Weld County, Colorado, "Election Summary Report, 2013 Weld County Coordinated Election," November 15, 2013|
DeWitt received an endorsement for his campaign from the Greeley Tribune.
In an interview with the Greeley Tribune, DeWitt stated that his campaign revolved around, "making sure students and parents feel safe, maximizing resources, improving communications between the district and parents, and welcoming and expanding partnerships with the business community." He also stated the following with regard to standardized testing:
"We have agreed they are meaningful only because people in Denver with big boots are going to beat us up if the scores are bad, I’m not an enthusiast of state testing. But the community has to find other ways of judging the schools. We may not be our best advocates when we say we are a poor district. We may not be our best advocates when we say we are a district of English language learners. We have an obligation to take all our kids and have them make progress."
In a separate interview with the Greeley Tribune, DeWitt provided his views on the proper relationship between the school district and local charter schools:
"Charter-managed schools and district-managed schools serve the 20,000 children of our district. Essential to these schools are curricula that challenge learners and opportunities for all students to be brought forward to greater skills. The economic and leadership guidelines from the state separate charters from district-managed schools; the need for excellent communication between them is obvious. As a board member, I wish to continue to listen to parents of kids in both types of schools, to develop great schools in Evans and Greeley."
What was at stake?
Four seats on the board were at stake in this election. Two incumbents, Roger Alan DeWitt and Paleri Mann, filed for re-election while fellow incumbents Scott Rankin and Linda J. Trimberger decided not to run. They competed with six challengers in Donna Downey, Rhonda Solis, Steve Hall, Ron Brecheisen, John Haefeli and Logan Mahan for the four open seats. Downey, Hall, Brecheisen and Mahan decided to run as "The Fab Four" slate due to their shared conservative positions on issues, such as Amendment 66.
Amendment 66 was an initiated constitutional amendment on the Colorado ballot that would have raised the state's income tax in order to increase state funding for public school districts. The Colorado Legislative Council estimated that the current state funding of approximately $5.5 billion would rise by $915 million if the measure had passed, which it did not. This issue divided the candidates, with Roger Alan DeWitt, Paleri Mann, Rhonda Solis and John Haefeli in support of the measure and Ron Brecheisen, Donna Downey, Steve Hall and Logan Mahan opposing it.
About the districtWeld County, Colorado. The county seat of Weld County is Greeley, Colorado. According to the 2010 US Census, Weld County is home to 263,691 residents.
Weld County underperformed the rest of Colorado based on average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Weld County was $55,825 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Weld County was 13.8% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 25.6% of Weld County residents aged 25 years and older attained 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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Katharina Buchholz, Greeley Tribune, "UNC educator Roger DeWitt appointed new District 6 school board member," March 19, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Greeley Tribune, "Tribune Opinion: Four candidates offer right mix of experience, understanding for D6 school board," October 17, 2013
- Sherrie Peif, Greeley Tribune, "DeWitt to run for District 6 board," August 1, 2013
- Sherrie Peif, Greeley Tribune, "District 6 school board candidate spotlight: Roger DeWitt," September 28, 2013
- Sherrie Peif, Greeley Tribune, "Greeley-Evans District 6 school board election draws slate of candidates dubbed ‘Fab Four’," October 16, 2013
- Legislative Council Staff, Education Policy Center, "Table 1," accessed October 7, 2013
- Facebook, "Parents for District 6 School Reform," accessed October 7, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Weld County, Colorado," accessed September 26, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed September 26, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014