Tammy Harold

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Tammy Harold
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Falcon School District 49 Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado-Colorado Springs
ProfessionSmall business owner
(dead link) Office website
Campaign website
Tammy Harold is an at-large member of the Falcon School District 49 Board of Education in Colorado. She was first elected to the board in 2009. Harold won re-election to the board on November 5, 2013.


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.[1]



See also: Falcon School District 49 elections (2013)


Harold sought election to the board against fellow incumbent Henry D. Allen, Jr. as well as challengers Chris Bombria, Kevin Butcher, David H. Moore and John Graham.

Election results

Falcon School District 49, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTammy Harold Incumbent 25.6% 7,331
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Butcher 18.4% 5,261
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid H. Moore 17.2% 4,927
     Nonpartisan John Graham 15% 4,304
     Nonpartisan Chris Bombria 13.3% 3,816
     Nonpartisan Henry D. Allen, Jr. Incumbent 10.6% 3,025
Total Votes 28,664
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013


Harold reported $4,190.31 in contributions and $4,190.31 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with no cash on hand.[2]


Harold received the following endorsements for the 2013 campaign:[3]

  • 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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDanielle Lindorf 21% 5,434
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher L. Wright 17.1% 4,415
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTammy Harold 15.6% 4,031
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonahue C. Quashie 15.4% 3,985
     Nonpartisan Jackie Vialpando 14.5% 3,754
     Nonpartisan John Koster 9% 2,328
     Nonpartisan Jon B. Rowley 7.5% 1,940
Total Votes 25,887
Source: El Paso County Clerk

Campaign themes


Harold explained her views on the major issues facing the district for the Gazette Voter Guide:[4]

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."

Amendment 66

"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."

Academic performance

"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?

Candidate interviews

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.[5]

About the district

See also: Falcon School District 49, Colorado
Falcon School District 49 is located in El Paso County, CO
Falcon School District 49 is based out of Peyton in El Paso County, Colorado. The district serves students in six communities including Colorado Springs, Elbert, Ellicott, Falcon, Monument and Peyton. According to the 2010 US Census, El Paso County is home to 622,263 residents.[6]


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
Race El Paso County (%) Colorado (%)
White 84.1 88.1
Black or African American 6.8 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.6
Asian 2.9 3
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.2
Two or More Races 4.5 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 15.6 21

Party Affiliation, 2013[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 141,493 45.7
Unaffiliated 95,849 31
Democratic 68,290 22.1
Libertarian 2,417 0.8
American Constitution 730 0.2
Green 635 0.2

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.[8]

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