|Former candidate for|
|Board Member, Littleton Public Schools, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Master's||University of Maryland|
|Ph.D.||Pardee RAND Graduate School|
|Profession||Researcher and analyst|
Reichardt has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland and a Doctorate in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is married and has two daughters attending LPS elementary schools.
Reichardt ran unsuccessfully against four fellow challengers for three at-large seats on November 5, 2013.
|Littleton Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Source: Arapahoe County, Colorado, "2013 Coordinated Election," November 22, 2013|
Reichardt stated the following about his campaign priorities on his website:
Littleton has a good school district, one of the top districts in the state. I want to help make our district excellent. How? Through leadership with a focus on high expectations, accountability, and collaboration.
LPS can be better. As a school board member, I will use the district's strategic plan to set high expectations for all students, set measurable goals for district activities, and link these goals to the resources invested to reach those goals. The key question for improvement is “Are we getting a high return on our investments?” I have the experience needed to make this strategy work. For the past several years I have been working on issues around school accountability and outcomes, particularly through my work as primary researcher on Colorado School Grades. I have also been measuring teacher/staff resource use in schools since the late 1990s.
High expectations and accountability without collaboration will not get LPS to the next level. The key to improving student outcomes is improving what occurs in classrooms. Collaboration is essential for improving what happens in classrooms. We have to work together with parents, our community, and the professionals working in our district to achieve excellence. Working together does not mean we always agree, or that we don’t push for change. But it does mean we treat each other with dignity and respect.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
Three seats on the Littleton Public School Board were up for election. Current board members, Board President Bob Colwell, Board Treasurer Renée Howell and Board Assistant Secretary Sue Chandler finished their second four-year terms on the Board and could not run again due to term limits. As a result, all three members elected to the board were new.
About the district
- See also: Littleton Public Schools, Colorado
Arapahoe County outperformed the rest of Colorado in terms of its average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Arapahoe County is $59,937 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Arapahoe County is 11.9% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 38.3% of Arapahoe County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 36.3% in Colorado as a whole.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Colorado TRACER, "Candidate Detail," accessed December 19, 2013
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- Robert Reichardt for LPS Board of Education, "Endorsements," accessed October 31, 2013
- Robert Reichardt for LPS Board of Education, "Dedicated to Excellence in Education," accessed October 31, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Arapahoe County, Colorado," accessed October 4, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, "Total Registered Voters By Party Affiliation and Status," accessed October 4, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014