District 51 School Board candidates address issues as election gets closer

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KFQX) – Seven candidates want to fill three school board spots to help needs of the school district. A luncheon Monday afternoon allowed each to have a platform to voice their concerns.

“I think we need to go back to the past and see what worked and what really helped our students,” District C Candidate Andrea Haitz mentions “Maybe bring some of those things back to see if that would guide our students to better success when they’re done with school.”

“Kids need to feel safe in a building and have a positive culture,” District C Candidate Trish Mahre asserts, “We need to respond to kids, no matter what track of life they come through.”

Each candidate stressed a passion for quality education but also so much more.

“One of the things I want to do when I run for District 51 is to enhance what is already going on,” District E Candidate David Combs expresses, “That’s a vision to equip, engage, and empower students.”

“They struggle with math. They struggle with reading. They struggle with language skills,” District E Candidate Angela Lema analyzes, “I think the number one priority is to get our kids’ basic, foundational, education skills strong and where they should be.”

With answers for each issue, the candidates expressed what they believe will be best for everyone in school District 51.

“I know COVID made it where parents couldn’t be involved, but, if they feel that they can’t communicate, there’s no communication, there’s no transparency,” District D Candidate Will Jones indicates, “We tell them one thing and then do something totally different. We have to gain that trust back first.”

“We are one of the lowest for mental health rates,” District C Candidate Austin Dewitt shares, “I want to make sure that students and staff have the necessary tools and areas they can go to make sure that they are set up and have adequate needs and to make sure they are taken care of.”

Just who will fill the three school board seats will be up to the voters in the upcoming November election.

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