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September 16, 2015
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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:
Board candidates run on a non-partisan basis.
Board of Education Election Information
The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Please join Aurora Public Schools for the grand opening of the Edna and John W. Mosley P-8:
Thursday, Oct. 1, 5 p.m.
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.
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.
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:
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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