Joyce L. Leigh
|Joyce L. Leigh|
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|Board Member, Harrison School District Two, At-large|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Colorado at Colorado Springs|
|Associate's||University of North Dakota|
|Master's||University of Colorado at Colorado Springs|
Leigh has her Associate's degree from the University of North Dakota and her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is a retired teacher, having taught ten years at Harrison D-2 schools.
Leigh ran against four fellow challengers on November 5, 2013.
|Harrison School District Two, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Joyce L. Leigh||24.5%||3,213|
|Nonpartisan||Doriena S. Longmire||22.7%||2,986|
|Nonpartisan||Steven R. Seibert||18.8%||2,471|
|Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013|
Leigh was endorsed by the HBA Political Action Committee.
Leigh stated the following in an interview with The Gazette:
What major challenges face your school district and how would you solve them, aside from additional funding?
With budget constraints in place, what areas would you concentrate on?
This year, voters will decide whether to pass Amendment 66, which would raise $950 million in additional taxes for education. If the amendment passes, how should the money be allocated in your district?
Why don't most districts get beyond 70 percent student proficiency on state assessments?
What was at stake?
Member Eileen Lynch Gonzalez sought re-election to the board to continue the term she was appointed to earlier this year when Keith Varney vacated his seat. Incumbents Deborah Hendrix, Richard Price and Linda Pugh were 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."
About the district
- See also: Harrison School District Two, Colorado
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.
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- The Gazette, "Joyce Leigh," accessed October 31. 2013
- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs, "PAC Endorsed Candidates," accessed October 31, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Colorado Springs, accessed October 28, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” accessed October 28, 2013