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Al Loma
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Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large
Former member
Term ends
November 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 3, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Phoenix
Master'sMountain State University
Personal
ProfessionPastor
Websites
Office website
Al Loma is a former member of the Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education in Colorado. He was first elected to the board in 2009. Loma lost his bid for re-election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Loma earned his B.S. in Business from the University of Phoenix in 2008. He later earned a Master's degree in Leadership from Mountain State University in 2009. Loma is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. He has been a pastor at Victory Outreach since 1996. Loma and his wife, Debra, have five children.[1][2]

Elections

2013

See also: Colorado Springs School District 11 elections (2013)

Opposition

Loma, Charlie Bobbitt and James Tucker lost to LuAnn Long, Jim Mason and Linda Mojer for three at-large seats on the Colorado Springs school board up for election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Colorado Springs School District 11, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLuAnn Long Incumbent 21.3% 20,601
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Mason 18.7% 18,069
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Mojer 16.7% 16,191
     Nonpartisan Charlie Bobbitt 15.2% 14,696
     Nonpartisan Al Loma Incumbent 14.3% 13,854
     Nonpartisan James Tucker 13.9% 13,434
Total Votes 96,845
Source: El Paso County, Colorado "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013

Funding

Loma reported no contributions or expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State[3]

Endorsements

Loma received the endorsement of the Colorado Springs Home Builders Association in 2013.[4]

2009

Loma first won election to the board on November 3, 2009 by placing third out of five candidates for three available seats.

Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large, November 3, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Mann 30.5% 34,237
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLuAnn Long 21.9% 24,524
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAl Loma 19.2% 21,468
     Nonpartisan Chyrese Exline 14.5% 16,211
     Nonpartisan Delia Armstrong-Busby 14% 15,654
Total Votes 112,094
Source: El Paso County Clerk

Campaign themes

2013

Loma provided the following answers to questions posed by the Citizens Project:[5]

Pressing issues in district

After serving these last four years, I do not believe my job is done. Teacher pay, and a drilled down evaluation system.

Anti-bullying policies

Our district has gone above and beyond in addressing anti-bullying for all students. I will insure that every student has the right to feel safe at school.

School choice

School choice is one part of the puzzle to the improvement of all public schools. The board should consider any application if there is sufficient community interest and the school is viable.

District finances

The past few years we conducted a zero based budgeting system which help to trim off any unneeded costs. Any decision in reduction must be made as far away from the classroom as possible.

Sex education

While the bill claims age appropriate, medically accurate is up for debate. These decisions must remain in the confines of one's home. The parent is the final arbiter with when their child is age appropriate to receive any education including sex.

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 lasts 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.[6]

About the district

See also: Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado
Colorado Springs School District 11 is located in El Paso County, CO
Colorado Springs School District 11 is based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado in El Paso County. According to the 2010 US Census, Colorado Springs is home to 416,427 residents.[7]

Demographics

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.[7]


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