January is Board of Education month
The start of this new year we celebrate the Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education.
Our board is made up of five members: Ms. Kathy D. Plomer, President, District 3; Ms. Laura P. Mitchell, Vice President, District 5; Ms. Jamey L. Lockley, Secretary, District 2; Mr. Brian M. Batz, Director, District 4; and Ms. Lori B. Goldstein, Director, District 1.
School Boards Make a Difference
School board members are ordinary people who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to our public schools. We recognize the personal sacrifices they routinely make with hard work and late nights to ensure a positive educational experience for all. We acknowledge the important role school board members play in assuring local control over our public schools, control that is in the hands of people we know - our friends, family and neighbors.
The school board works closely with parents, education professionals and community members to create the educational vision we want for our students. It then formulates goals, defines results and sets the course for an adequate and equitable educational program for all students. The school board is accountable to the public and responsible for assuring the public that the money allocated to the public schools is providing a good return on the investment. Thus, the board oversees regular assessment of the district’s students, staff and programs. The school board also is a strong advocate for public schools and is responsible for communicating the needs of the school district to the public and the public’s expectations to the district.
Thank you to our school board members - we value you and your work in elevating student success in every classroom, every day.
Welcoming our Newest Member
We welcome our newest member to the Board of Education, Ms. Lori B. Goldstein, Director, District 1. In order to get to know her, we asked her several questions about her experience and hope for her service on the board. Welcome, Lori!
Q: Briefly tell us your history in Adams 12 Five Star Schools as both staff and parent.
A: I was an educator in Adams 12 Five Star Schools for 34 years. I taught science at Westlake, I was a biology teacher and dean at Northglenn High School, and I taught science and special education at Northglenn Middle School. I spent my last five years as a leader of the District Twelve Educator's Association - two years as coordinator and three as president. I have three children, two daughters who graduated from Northglenn High School, and a son who is a 4th grader at Cotton Creek.
Q: Based on that experience, what is something you love about this district?
A: The district has doubled in size since I started teaching, but when you look at the number of our employees who went through our system, it preserves that sense of pride in our community.
Q: What is one thing you are most passionate about working on as a new board member?
A: We need to make sure we have the best teachers for our students. We need to have a variety of opportunities for our students to be prepared to go out in the world in whatever career they choose. We need to ensure we have the funding to adequately do both.
Q: What is something you do for fun that we should know about you?
A: I love to golf and snowboard, especially when I can do either during the week when everyone else is working. I am supposed to be retired, you know ...