BY FREDA MIKLIN – GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
Kristin Allan is a practicing attorney at a local law firm who hopes to be elected as district director E on the Cherry Creek Schools (CCSD) Board of Education on November 2. She would replace Karen Fisher, current school board president, who is term limited. Allan and her husband, Adam, a C.P.A. in Greenwood Village, are the parents of Addison, 9, a third grader at High Plains Elementary School, and Moe, 6, who will start there in the fall.
Allan told The Villager, “After taking a break because of my school loans, I am honored to be in a position to devote my energy to the school board. This is me. I know how to collaborate and I know how to listen.”
As current chair of the CCSD district accountability committee (DAC), Allan works with school administrators, DAC liaisons, and the executive committee to ensure compliance with state statutes and to report to the school board. In December, Allan initiated a letter-writing campaign to Governor Jared Polis to urge him to prioritize teachers for COVID-19 vaccines “so our children could get back into the classrooms.”
Her campaign website, www.kristinforccsd.com, says, “I am running for the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education to expand the legacy of CCSD as a top K-12 public education system and to stand strong for our students, families, and educators.”
Allan told us that she has been meeting with current CCSD board of education members and administrators, where she has gotten in-depth information about potential issues facing the district and ideas to address them.
Asked her view on charter schools, Allan said that it is a function of parental involvement, which is very important for charter schools, adding, “When they are run well, they are very good.”
One of her goals as a school board member will be to make the excellent work of CCSD even more transparent to its community, she told us. She is committed to increasing the number of African-American teachers in CCSD schools, currently about 93 out of 4,000, a number Allan feels is unacceptable. She plans to work to make the environment safer and more welcoming, so as to attract and retain many more minority teachers.
Allan also wants to work to improve the reading level in the CCSD primary grades throughout the district.
As a school board member, Allan told us, it is important to, “be visible in the community, create policies that benefit students and families districtwide, have a strong working relationship with the superintendent, make good budget decisions, and support every child every day.” She plans to, “bring to the community the good work we’re doing in CCSD and continue to maintain a good relationship with the teachers’ union.”