|Falcon School District 49 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-Colorado Springs|
|Profession||Small business owner|
Harold earned a B.S. in Human Resources from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She has owned a bookkeeping business since 1996. Harold has two children currently attending district schools. She has been active with district PTAs over the past nine years including three years as the president of the Stetson Elementary PTA.
|Falcon School District 49, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Tammy Harold Incumbent||25.6%||7,331|
|Nonpartisan||David H. Moore||17.2%||4,927|
|Nonpartisan||Henry D. Allen, Jr. Incumbent||10.6%||3,025|
|Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013|
Harold received the following endorsements for the 2013 campaign:
- Housing and Building Association
- Falcon Teachers Education Association
- Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS
Harold was first elected to the board on November 3, 2009 by placing third out of seven candidates for four available seats.
|Falcon School District 49 Board of Education, At-large, November 3, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Christopher L. Wright||17.1%||4,415|
|Nonpartisan||Donahue C. Quashie||15.4%||3,985|
|Nonpartisan||Jon B. Rowley||7.5%||1,940|
|Source: El Paso County Clerk|
Harold explained her views on the major issues facing the district for the Gazette Voter Guide:
Pressing issues for the district
"Our most pressing matter in Falcon D49 is our schools are over capacity. The city and county is growing and our district is the fastest growing in the area. We have been creative in placing students but it gets harder and harder with each passing year we don't add new buildings. Solving our greatest need without additional funding will be challenging but our administration and board are working tirelessly to find room for more students. Along with lack of buildings is our flat lining in our achievement scores. Allowing teachers to incorporate new technology and techniques that engage students will be instrumental in moving the district upward. By analyzing data and using best practices, closing the achievement gaps and making adequate yearly growth is paramount to assuring our students are prepared for the future. Our staff is up for the challenge and we will succeed."
Areas of emphasis
"We have consistently provided the highest level of support and instruction to our students even with the financial constraints our administration has to function under. With the philosophy that dollars should follow students, our financial officer has redesigned the budgeting process to allow us to track each dollar taxpayers give to the school. We need to be intentional in continuing with 80% of our funding going directly into the classrooms. Retaining quality teachers, providing professional development and allowing innovative teaching to flourish will increase student achievement; which is our ultimate goal despite financial constraints. Our strategic plan will be our guiding force in determining programs and spending emphasis throughout this financial uncertainty."
"Additional funding through Amendment 66 would be used in a combination of ways. Our community will be encouraged to be involved in the allocation of additional funding. First some will be allocated as mandated by the state and the rest by reviewing the needs of the schools that fall in line with the strategic plan. Consistent classroom support at all levels by retaining quality staff and additional professional development will benefit student achievement. We have frozen pay for our district staff for many years and a cost of living along with an increase would be helpful in retaining quality teachers and staff. Investing in technology and creative curriculum are essential to our academic growth and keeping us competitive with surrounding districts. Capital needs will be prioritized to assure our schools are kept in safe and esthetically pleasing condition."
"Testing is a debated topic and it is far from perfect. Standardized tests are used to measure a school's success in educating students to a general level of knowledge. Many factors can affect the outcome of the test. Different students have different backgrounds that can lead to a variety of results. Some students don't test well even though they have straight A's, they come to school hungry or they don't take responsibility for performing their best on the test. Schools are judged on their performance of one test but not on creativity or innovativeness of their teachers to instill a desire of life-long learning in students. Schools need to be accountable to the community to give students the skills they need to succeed in life but it is hard to measure these skills so we have standardized testing, flaws and all."
What was at stake?
Incumbents Harold and Henry D. Allen, Jr. sought re-election to the board. The ballot includes challengers Chris Bombria, Kevin Butcher, David H. Moore and John Graham. Member Christopher Wright did not file for re-election in 2013.
Conflict of interest concerns
Dana Palmer, the chair of the District Accountability and Advisory Committee, has raised conflict-of-interest concerns about the candidacy of Kevin Butcher. Butcher is the president of Tutt Commercial Center LLC, which currently leases real estate to the district for administrative offices. He has also acted as an intermediary between Eastern Colorado Bank and Falcon School District during negotiations to rent space for the Falcon Virtual Academy. Palmer is concerned that Butcher "will not be able to make unbiased decisions" about district finances if he wins on November 5, 2013. Butcher has countered that the district agreed to a lease with Tutt well before his candidacy and he would not be biased if the district pursues leases or other real estate transactions.
About the district
- See also: Falcon School District 49, Colorado
El Paso County lagged behind state averages for median income and higher education achievement while outperforming the state poverty rate in 2010. The average household income in El Paso County was $57,079 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in El Paso County was 11.7% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 35.1% of El Paso County 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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Committee to Re-elect Tammy Harold, "About," accessed October 29, 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Committee to Re-elect Tammy Harold, "Endorsements," accessed October 29, 2013
- Gazette Voter Guide, "Tammy Harold," accessed October 29, 2013
- KOAA, "Local school board candidate raising eyebrows," October 15, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: El Paso County, 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