BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
The 55,000 students and their parents in the Cherry Creek School District (CCS) are served by a five-person elected school board divided into geographic director districts designated by the letters A through E. On November 5, directors from districts A, B, C will be elected to four-year terms.
Anne Egan announced her candidacy for district A director at the August 12 CCS school board meeting. Egan, a 20-year resident of director district A who has one child at Cherry Creek High School and three who have graduated from there, lives in Greenwood Village. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Denver. Her career history includes four years of service as Governor Roy Romer’s education policy advisor. Incumbent District A Director Eric Parish is not running for re-election. He told The Villager that the travel demands of his job don’t allow him enough time to spend with his family and serve on the school board, so he has decided to step down after this term
District B Director Janice McDonald, current CCS board secretary, has served on the board since 2015. She has announced her intention to seek re-election to the board. McDonald has lived in director district B since 1976. Her five children went through Cherry Creek Schools, with the youngest graduating from Overland High School in 1997. Her daughter-in-law, Claudine McDonald, previously held the district B director seat. A longtime volunteer while her kids were in school, McDonald says “I really want to strengthen community involvement and….I want to focus on the achievement gap.”
At the August 12 CCS board meeting, Angela Garland announced her candidacy for the vacant position of district C director. A mother of four, she said she is excited to work on the Cherry Creek Future Forward Initiative, recruiting and retaining teachers of color, focusing on mental health issues, and the safety and security of school campuses. She has volunteered on her kids’ PTCO and the Cherry Creek Community Legislative Network.
District A, currently served by Director Eric Parish, includes the westernmost part of CCS. Its schools are Cherry Creek High School, West Middle School, Campus Middle School, and eight elementary schools: Cherry Hills Village, Greenwood, Heritage, Walnut Hills, Homestead, Dry Creek, Willow Creek, and Belleview, as well as charter school Cherry Creek Academy, an academically rigorous core knowledge K-8 charter school.
District B, currently served by Director Janice McDonald, is in the northern part of CCS. It includes Overland High School, Prairie Middle School, and five elementary schools: Highline Community, Village East, Ponderosa, Eastridge, and Polton, along with the Challenge School, a K-8 magnet school for academically advanced and motivated students and the Joliet Learning Center, an alternative program for middle and high school special education students with significant emotional disabilities.
District C, without a director since the resignation in May of former CCS board president Dave Willman, is in the middle of CCS, and includes Smoky Hill High School, Laredo Middle School, Horizon Middle School, and ten elementary schools: Mission Viejo, Arrowhead, Cimarron, Summit, Sunrise, Independence, Indian Ridge, Meadow Point, Peakview, and Trails West, along with Heritage Heights Academy, a K-8 classic core knowledge charter school.
In order to be a candidate for a position on the CCS school board, you must reside in the director district you wish to serve. You may pick up a candidate packet from CCS designated election official Sonja S. McKenzie at 4700 S. Yosemite Street, Greenwood Village, CO, 80111, who can be reached by phone at 720-554-4373. A valid nominating petition with 50 signatures from eligible voters must be returned to designated election official McKenzie by 4:00 p.m. on August 30.
The election will be held on November 5.
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