Jim Mason (Colorado)

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Jim Mason
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Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sKnox College
Master'sTroy University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1975-2005
ProfessionDefense contractor
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Jim Mason is an at-large member of the Colorado Springs District 11 Board of Education in Colorado. He won election to the board against five other candidates for three available seats on November 5, 2013.


Mason earned his B.A. in Political Science from Knox College. He later earned a M.S. in Personnel Management from Troy University and a Master of Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army Command General Staff College. Mason retired with the rank of Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2005. He currently works as a contractor with Sparta, Inc.[1]



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


Mason won election to the board against incumbents Al Loma and LuAnn Long as well as challengers Charlie Bobbitt, Linda Mojer and James Tucker.


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


Mason reported $7,567.00 in contributions and $7,171.84 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left his campaign with $395.16 on hand.[2]


Mason received the following endorsements for his campaign:[3]

  • The Colorado Springs Independent[4]
  • Public Educators Advocating for Kids (PEAK)
  • Pikes Peak Association of REALTORS

Campaign themes


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

Pressing issues in district

I will make a positive difference in District 11's objective of improving student achievement. I currently serve on the District Accountability Committee, Budget Subcommittee. I have served on the Subcommittee for the past five years; the last three years as Chairman. I have firsthand experience with the challenges facing the District and have assisted in formulating courses of action to accomplish our goals and objectives. My Priorities are: a) Academic Achievement; b) Supporting Teachers, Principals, and Staff; and c) Increase and improve parental/guardian involvement—of which, I also see these as the District's most pressing issues as well.

Anti-bullying policies

Currently, School District 11 supports and enforces the law in a way consistent with its intent. As a Board Member, I will diligently ensure the District is complaint and has in place methods for monitoring and assessing our program.

School choice

Charter Schools have value in the overall educational framework that supports improved Student Achievement. Vouchers—I am against. Student achievement must improve; we must focus on this task. Moreover, if we raise student achievement to grade-level, the context of Charter School and voucher discussions will substantially change.

District finances

I will work with Board colleagues and the Administration to design budget plans that foster improved student achievement. Additionally, I will assist in codifying the strengths and weaknesses associated with the State's education policies and requirements while taking a lead role in communicating this information to Officials.

Sex education

My first priority would be in reviewing the curriculum ensuring that considerations for grade-level appropriateness, presentation format, and "prepared" teachers are addressed and in place. Next will be monitoring and reporting, ensuring parents/guardians are a part of the student's academic experience.

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]


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]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
Race Colorado Springs(%) Colorado (%)
White 78.8 81.3
Black or African American 6.3 4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1 1.1
Asian 3 2.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 5.1 3.4
Hispanic or Latino 16.1 20.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[8]
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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[9]

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