Douglas County Parents Endorsement for 2017 Board of Education Election
*****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*****
September 14, 2017
Today, Douglas County Parents (DCP) announced their endorsement of Anthony Graziano, Krista Holtzmann, Kevin Leung, and Chris Schor, for the Douglas County School District Board of Education. “We are honored to formalize our support for four dedicated, student-focused candidates for school board,” said Jason Virdin, spokesperson for DCP. “As engaged community members, Anthony, Krista, Kevin and Chris understand why parents are unhappy with current reform policies, and they are committed to effecting change by redirecting the district’s focus to students and academic achievement, managing tax dollars responsibly, and rebuilding trust among both community and staff.”
Anthony Graziano, a 13-year resident of Castle Rock and father to one recent DCSD graduate and one current DCSD student, says that he is running to bring back a more “student-focused, solution-oriented approach to the leadership of our public schools”. As a director of business development in the IT field, Anthony has honed his ability to collaborate and build consensus among groups with varying opinions and personalities. This experience will be valuable in restoring functionality to the school board. He is concerned about high turnover, including many of the educators that have had a positive impact on his own children, so one of his goals is to “re-establish DCSD as a destination district”. During this campaign, we have already seen Anthony live his motto, to listen, serve and repeat, as he consistently asks for input on questions, concerns and ideas, from the public.
Krista Holtzmann is an attorney, child advocate, long-time volunteer in Douglas County schools and community, and the mother of two recent graduates who spent all their school years in DCSD. The school board would benefit greatly from her unique background melding child development with legal analysis. Krista values the input of both community members and district committees. If elected, she will continue to be accessible and seek opinions, as she has been so willing to do during this campaign. She also values transparency, and will work to ensure closed-door executive sessions aren’t over used as they have been under reform school boards. Krista is focused on students, stating that when making decisions as a BoE director, she will always ask, “Does this support the best interests of our students?”
Kevin Leung is a successful small business owner, a 26 year Douglas County resident and father of 3 children who attend or have attended both neighborhood and charter schools in DCSD. He has extensive experience volunteering in education at the school, district, and state levels, including both School and District Accountability Committees, and as the only Douglas County parent serving on the Colorado State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education. His experience and knowledge of district matters will enable him to hit the ground running and make an immediate difference for Dougco students. Kevin is concerned with the district’s loss of our Accredited With Distinction rating, and will work to restore DCSD as a top performing district. He knows parental involvement is important to student success and will encourage that involvement by ensuring each school has a well-formed and successful School Accountability Committee. Kevin says his goal is to represent the “entire community”, listening and being respectful to all constituents without bias.
Chris Schor, a former teacher, principal and current mentor/coach for teachers and administrators, has lived in Douglas County for over 20 years and began her career in DCSD in 1977. Chris is concerned that DCSD no longer holds the high standards we once did, citing the current high of 14 schools on priority improvement plans. Having spent most of her career in DCSD, Chris understands the recent changes that have taken place, and her experience in growing a school’s student achievement level will be valuable in providing ALL of DCSD’s students with equitable, quality educational opportunities. Chris is also concerned about recent cuts to our secondary schools, while district administrators received large bonuses, saying this, “sends a negative message to our community about our priorities as a district.” We trust Chris to prioritize students in budgeting district expenditures, over administration.
About Douglas County Parents:
DCP is a growing local volunteer advocacy group made up of parents, teachers, students, and community members of all political affiliations, ages and professions who are concerned about the policies that the reform-minded Douglas County Board of Education and district administration have forced upon our community. DCP’s community outreach efforts include sharing facts backed with documentation garnered through the school district and Colorado Department of Education websites and publications, Colorado Open Record Requests, and attending a variety meetings. Please contact spokesperson, Jason Virdin for updates and statements relating to DCSD issues. You may also find more information at www.douglascountyparents.com