BOE Elections Information
UPDATE (Nov. 6) -- According to the final unofficial results for the 2013 El Paso County coordinated election, the three directors elected to the Falcon School District 49 Board of Education are Tammy Harold with 7,319 votes (25.57%), Kevin Butcher with 5,257 votes (18.37%) and David H. Moore with 4,919 votes (17.19%). For more information about the results, visit the El Paso County election summary report.
Falcon School District 49's Board of Education has three director positions on the Nov. 5 coordinated election ballot in El Paso County, Colo.The seats up for re-election are currently held by board directors Henry Allen Jr., Tammy Harold and Chris Wright.
Six candidates are running for the three director positions. The candidates will appear on the ballot in this order: John Graham, David Moore, Kevin Butcher, Chris Bombria, Allen and Harold. Voters may contact the candidates to discuss their qualifications.
Community members, staff, parents and stakeholders are encouraged to attend the scheduled candidate forums. Participants will hear from the candidates about why they want to represent District 49 as a member of its school board.
- Friday, Oct. 4: 6:30 to 8 p.m., hosted at Skyview Middle School by Special Education Advisory Committee
- Wednesday, Oct. 16: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., hosted at VIsta Ridge High School by Citizen's Project
- Thursday, Oct. 17: 6 to 7:30 p.m., hosted at Falcon Middle School by Parent Teacher Association and the Falcon Teacher Education Association
- Monday, Oct. 21: 6 to 8 p.m., hosted at Sand Creek High School by Urban League for the Pikes Peak Region.
John Graham has lived in Falcon School District 49 with his family since 2008. The family’s five children are attending or have previously attended several District 49 schools: Falcon High School, Patriot Learning Center High School, Falcon Middle School, Falcon Virtual Academy and Meridian Ranch International Elementary School. Graham has more than 23 years service in the U.S. Marine Corps and performed in leadership, instructional, standardization, safety, information technology and operations positions throughout his career. Graham says he brings the District 49 Board of Education leadership and management experience in complex, diverse, team-oriented, and multi-stakeholder environments.
“I bring strong analytical, decision-making, and facilitation skills with strong emphasis on teamwork and communication,” Graham said.
“I believe the School Board should represent the educational needs and values of our community. I believe the School Board needs to lead by example and set into motion the culture and attitudes necessary for D49 to succeed. I believe the School Board needs to provide the resources required by teachers and staff to achieve the highest quality education for our students while also being good stewards of the community’s tax dollars.”
"I’m committed to working with District 49 stakeholders to provide a safe, positive, encouraging and challenging education environment for every child to achieve their dreams and be successful in the real world! Teachers and staff need the resources, trust, respect, support, and empowerment/academic freedom to provide this type of education.”
Contact Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moore retired from the USPS after 30 years and in 2008 moved with his wife, Luwana Denise Moore, to Colorado Springs. He was called to the ministry as a pastor in 2005. He now pastors Gospel of Grace Church International on the northeast part of the city. Moore and his wife have been married 37 years. He has two sons and five grandchildren. He says he is committed to the education of the children in Colorado Springs and wants to show that commitment by becoming a school board member for Falcon School District 49.
Contact Moore at email@example.com.
Butcher has been an active member of the Falcon Education Foundation since its inception and served as president. The foundation has provided thousands of dollars in teacher mini-grants and student scholarships while honoring high performing personnel and students at the annual community banquet. Recently, he served on the district’s capital planning committee.
“Falcon School District 49 is poised and ready to become a great school district," said Butcher. "Our innovative ways of delivering a quality education while providing true choice is a bold step. One thing preventing the district from greatness is the lack of community trust. I am running for the school board to help bring stability to the board of directors though effective governance
“After 15 years of quietly supporting the District 49 schools as a parent, volunteer and businessman, it is time to step up and make a visible difference in the district. I want more successful education for our children. I want D49 to be a benchmark for how school districts run. I know these are possible with the right school board, and that’s exactly why I am running.”
Professionally, Butcher is the president of a commercial real estate services company, serving clients of large and small businesses, financial institutions, not-for-profits organizations, governments and individuals. He also volunteers with the Fountain Mutual Metropolitan District, Pikes Peak Association of Realtors and Colorado Association of Realtors. He has also served on the Colorado Springs Planning Commission (two terms) and Downtown Review Board.
“Because of my long involvement in the community," he said, "I will be able to help the district forge strong community partnerships to help us move forward to becoming a great school district."
Contact Butcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bombria volunteers on the Falcon Middle School school accountability committee, District 49 district accountability advisory committee, and as a Land Sharks coach, WatchDOGS volunteer and classroom volunteer and guest science teacher. He serves as an El Paso County Sheriff’s Office wildland firefighter, board member for Middle Market Entrepreneurs, and as a guest teacher for the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs in its science, technology, engineering and math program.
“I’m skilled in creating and implementing changes that drive immediate and continual results and will do the same for the district,” Bombria said.
“For me, this election is all about your children and mine," he said. "Our district has gone through a number of changes and course corrections in the past few years. Board members with a financial stake in the district, and division among the members, have left the district with no clear path to resolving differences and moving forward. These issues are not only affecting the district but also the futures of our children.
“Learning is more than books and lesson plans, it’s a financial and personal investment by the parents, teachers and community in the futures of our children. We need to build a cooperative learning environment that enhances classroom instruction, where everyone has a voice in the education of our kids.
"We also need to be aware of the taxpayer investment from those who do not have children in the school system. We have a responsibility to plan, implement and report where those dollars are being spent.”
Bombria said his goal is to engage the entire community and give the leaders of tomorrow the best opportunity to learn new skills, enhance their abilities and discover hidden talents.
Contact Bombria at email@example.com.
Henry Allen Jr.
“I believe both careers provided me the ability to listen, to compromise and not render personal opinions,” Allen said. “I understand the mission of the district and that mission is, the education of its children. Nothing is more important than the mission.”
Allen said he brings to the district the ability to work with and understand the diverse community that exists in the District 49 community.
“My vision for the district is much like the that of the chief education officer," he said, "to regain and maintain the trust of the taxpayers, and to grow a robust portfolio of distinct, exceptional schools. I truly want the students, teachers, all staff members and parents in this district to feel their schools and departments are an extension of their home.
“I'm very passionate about the education of all children. I believe education and parents’ choices in the education of their children are critical if America is to continue being the beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
“I want District 49 to be that school district that produces the next generation of leaders. We are very capable of that goal, because we have great students, great teachers, great supporting staff and to top it off, a great comunity. I look forward to serving this community an additional four years.”
Contact Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harold graduated from Rampart High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in human resources with continuing education in accounting from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is a small business owner and has managed her bookkeeping business for 17 years.
“My desire to be on the school board is based on one single belief: all kids deserve the best education our schools can provide and that we should prepare them for whatever future they may face," she said.
Tammy has served on the board for the previous four years, two as secretary and two as president. At the school level, she has been involved with the Parent Teacher Association for nine years, having served as the treasurer for two years and president for three years at Stetson Elementary School. She has served on the Building Accountability Advisory Committee at Stetson Elementary School, Skyview Middle School and Vista Ridge High School; and on the District Accountability Advisory Committee.
“I will be open and upfront about district business,” said Harold, "and will always ensure that public business is conducted in public, and that we are transparent in our dealings and actions. I will always put the District 49 students, parents, teachers, staff, patrons and taxpayers first.
“By actively engaging our community at all levels, we will build trust and collaboration to help increase student achievement and community involvement. Innovation has allowed for more decision to be made closer to the kids and we need to increase that practice as much as possible. We have a great district; we need to build on what we have begun and allow it to flourish.
Contact Harold at email@example.com.