Nonprofit manager runs uncontested for District 2 seat

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— Lisa Brown's two children face 14 more years of education in Steamboat. That alone was Brown's inspiration for running for a spot on the Steamboat Springs School Board.

"I want to contribute my skills to help create a great future for our community's youth," said Brown, program manager for the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

She is running unopposed for the District 2 seat. Colorado Mountain College professor Jeff Troeger, the board's longest serving member, is not seeking a second term on the board.

Brown, 38, said her priorities as a board member will be to position the Steamboat Springs School District as a community partner and asset.

"I'll focus on high academic standards and an integrated curriculum in K-12, hiring and supporting the best employees possible districtwide and letting them do their jobs," she said. I'll also "encourage a culture of excellence."

She is a supporter of all-day kindergarten, but Brown noted she doesn't know enough about it to propose how to fund the program or when it could be implemented.

"Kids coming out of preschools are ready to learn more," she said. "The current half-day (kindergarten) is stressful on working families and their employers. Full-day kindergarten also could help to free up some capacity in our preschool system."

Brown said more work should be done to see how to commence the all-day program.

"My feeling is that we are in the preliminary stages of this implementation," she said. "I am hesitant to tie much funding to the Education Fund Board until the community votes to reinstate the half-cent sales tax."

Brown said she rejects the notion that there is divisiveness in the district.

"Honestly, as a parent and community member, I do not feel this great divisiveness people allude to in the school district," she said. "We have involved parents and a great staff. What I perceive is a sense of community and a willingness to work together to address problem areas."

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