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September 16, 2015
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Voters to Elect Three APS Board of Education Members

The Aurora Public Schools Board of Education will have three seats open this fall. Board Secretary Mary W. Lewis is term-limited. Two current Board members are running as incumbents. A total of seven candidates are running for the three open seats. APS thanks Board members Mary Lewis, Cathy Wildman and Dr. Dan Jorgensen for their service and the candidates for their interest in running.

The seven-member group establishes policies for the school district. Board members are elected at large and serve four-year terms. The Board addresses the concerns of the local community while working within the framework of state and federal laws. This includes approving curricula and instructional materials, evaluating the superintendent and adopting the annual budget.

The final certified APS Board of Education candidate list is as follows:

  • Grant Barrett
  • Linda Cerva
  • Monica Colbert
  • Billie Day
  • Michael Donald
  • Dan Jorgensen (incumbent)
  • Cathy Wildman (incumbent)

Board candidates run on a non-partisan basis. 

Board of Education Election Information

The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3

For more election information, Adams County residents may visit co-adamscounty.civicplus.com or call 720-523-6500. Arapahoe County residents may visit www.arapahoevotes.com or call 303-795-4511.

Voter Registration

  • You may register to vote by appearing in-person at a voter service and polling center through Election Day.
  • You may register at govotecolorado.com through the eighth day before the election.
  • You may submit an application through the mail, a voter registration agency, a local driver’s license examination facility or a voter registration drive no later than 22 days before an election.

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Join Us for the Mosley P-8 Grand Opening on Oct. 1!

Mosley P-8 LogoPlease join Aurora Public Schools for the grand opening of the Edna and John W. Mosley P-8: 

Thursday, Oct. 1, 5 p.m.
Edna and John W. Mosley P-8
55 N. Salida Way

Mosley P-8 is named in recognition of the important contributions made by the Mosleys to Aurora and the greater community. John Mosley was a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, and Edna Mosley was the first African American to serve on the Aurora City Council.

The new school is located on the APS Community Campus near Airport Boulevard and 2nd Avenue. The school will serve more than 900 students from preschool through eighth grade and help to alleviate overcrowding at elementary and P-8 schools in the area.

The grand opening will feature a ribbon cutting, building tours and free food from Jim ‘n Nick’s Bar-B-Q and Sabor Mexican Grill. To view a map of the school location, click here. To learn more about Mosley P-8, visit mosley.aurorak12.org.

Edna and John W. Mosley P-8 Principal Carrie Clark greets students on the first day of school on Sept. 10.

Edna and John W. Mosley P-8 Principal Carrie Clark greets students on the first day of the new school on Sept. 10.

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APS Chief Scores Prestigious Award
Left to right: CASE Executive Director Bruce Caughey, CASE Policy Leadership Award recipient Escárcega, CASE Lobbist Elisabeth Rosen, and Legislative Committee Co-chairs Bruce Messinger and Randy Miller

Left to right: CASE Executive Director Bruce Caughey, CASE Policy Leadership Award recipient Escárcega, CASE Lobbist Elisabeth Rosen, and Legislative Committee Co-chairs Bruce Messinger and Randy Miller

Congratulations to Aurora Public Schools Chief Accountability and Research Officer Lisa Escárcega for earning the 2015 Colorado Association of School Executives Policy Leadership Award! This honor recognizes Escárcega’s significant contributions at the state capitol during the past legislative session.

Escárcega, a former CASE president, became the voice for Colorado’s school leaders to the legislative body. She impacted policies by testifying on numerous bills and serving on the Colorado Department of Education’s Standards and Assessments Task Force.

“As you all know, assessments became the hot topic of the 2015 session,” said CASE Executive Director Bruce Caughey. “Lisa dedicated her time to endless meetings and testimony and served as a tremendous resource and support at the Legislature.”

“My passion is making sure all voices are heard,” said Escárcega.

She encourages everyone in the education field to become involved in the legislative process by sharing with CASE what they have done or witnessed, noting that their stories have the most powerful influence.

APS is proud of Escárcega for working so diligently to advocate for the excellence of Colorado’s public school system students. Her leadership will have a lasting impact on student success.

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Enrollment and Capacity Planning Update

JV Elkhart First Day of School (10)In spring 2015, APS held a series of open houses and meetings to obtain community feedback on a variety of options to address school overcrowding. More than 600 participants attended open houses and meetings to learn more about the options and provide feedback. APS received nearly 1,000 print and online surveys during the engagement process. To view the survey results, visit suppsvcs.aurorak12.org/capacity/survey-results/.

APS is continuing to collect community feedback on the school capacity planning options.

The APS Board of Education is interested in learning community views before adopting strategies for a Facilities Support Plan for future school years. In addition to considering survey feedback, the Board invites parents, students, staff and community members to share their views at the opportunities listed below:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6 - APS staff will present the Board with recommendations regarding options to address enrollment and capacity challenges and academic program needs.
    Location: Dr. Ed & Patricia Lord Boardroom, Educational Services Center 4, 1085 Peoria St.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20 - The Board will discuss the recommendations presented on Oct. 6 and gather feedback from stakeholders.
    Location: Mt. Massive Conference Room, APS Professional Learning and Conference Center, 15771 E. 1st Ave.

To learn more about enrollment and capacity, visit http://suppsvcs.aurorak12.org/capacity/.

To learn how APS has addressed enrollment and capacity challenges since 2013, visit the web page archive at suppsvcs.aurorak12.org/capacity/archive/

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