Joyce L. Leigh

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Joyce L. Leigh
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Board Member, Harrison School District Two, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sUniversity of North Dakota
Bachelor'sUniversity of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Master'sUniversity of Colorado at Colorado Springs
ProfessionRetired educator
Joyce L. Leigh is an at-large member of the Harrison School District Two Board of Directors in Colorado. She first won election to the board in 2013.


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.[1]



See also: Harrison School District Two elections (2013)


Leigh ran against four fellow challengers on November 5, 2013.

Election results

Harrison School District Two, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce L. Leigh 24.5% 3,213
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDoriena S. Longmire 22.7% 2,986
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteven R. Seibert 18.8% 2,471
     Nonpartisan Ryan Thompson 18.8% 2,468
     Nonpartisan Aaron Simpson 15.2% 1,998
Total Votes 13,136
Source: El Paso County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 14, 2013


Leigh reported $1,230.83 in contributions and $1,230.48 in expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State, which left her campaign with $0.35 on hand.[2]


Leigh was endorsed by the HBA Political Action Committee.[3]

Campaign themes

Leigh stated the following in an interview with The Gazette:[1]

What major challenges face your school district and how would you solve them, aside from additional funding?
Our district has to "toot our horn" about our accomplishments! We need to strengthen our public relations with the community and get our stakeholders informed about our cutting edge programs and our rising test scores. Our enrollment has increased and we are fully accredited. We implement innovative programs like the "Schools of Promise" and partner with local colleges to give our graduates a start on college. We need to publicize our successes!

With budget constraints in place, what areas would you concentrate on?
I would concentrate on improving our educational technology which is one of our five goals. Our students deserve to be able to compete with their peers and be taught the skills to help them be college and career ready.

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?
Our Board of Education has a process and I would rely on the experts to not shortchange our students. The money needs to be equitable across the district and I would like it to be put on a technology upgrade and to recruit and train the best and the brightest teachers especially ELD, SPED, Math and Science teachers.

Why don't most districts get beyond 70 percent student proficiency on state assessments?
I think there are two reasons why proficiency rates don't rise. One is a failure of districts to align their curriculum to the standards and the other is their failure to train their teachers to implement interventions with fidelity before, during and after the school day.

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
Harrison School District Two is located in El Paso County, CO
Harrison School District Two 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.[4]


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.[4]

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