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Chris Ciancio-Schor grew up in Welby, a rural Adams County community, where she worked on a vegetable farm in the summers.The Castle Rock resident has four children and six grandchildren, all of whom attend or attended Douglas County schools.Ciancio-Schor, 62, has been an educator since 1977. She taught in the Douglas County School District and was an assistant principal at Rock Ridge Elementary in Castle Rock, an assistant principal at Pine Lane Primary in Parker and served as the principal at Castle Rock Elementary.She has also worked in Mapleton Public Schools in Adams County and currently works on a contract basis for Mapleton as a mentor and trainer for teachers and administrators.Ciancio-Schor will be running for the District D seat, which includes portions of Castle Rock as well as the Franktown area. District D’s seat is held by board Vice President Judith Reynolds, who was first elected in 2013. Reynolds has not said whether she will seek re-election.Why did you decide to run?I have six grandchildren at Castle Rock schools and my four children went to school in Douglas County. I love Douglas County and I love the educational community. I decided that it was a good time in my life to run for school board. With my six grandchildren going to school here, I think its kind of important that I’m invested.What are the most important issues facing the school district?We need to prioritize our student needs. So, academic achievement, career education, vocational education, our special education and health services in our school district, as well as classroom resources. The other key issue I see is that we need to retain and recruit quality teachers and principals. Restoring trust. We need to provide support and training for teachers. We need to build strong relationships between the school district, schools and parents.Also in the top three would be restructuring school district budget expenditures to provide new buildings and capital improvement needs.The board has been divided in recent years. How would you help bridge that divide?I’ve worked specifically in working with people and collaborating on many issues, but especially educational issues. I have a lot of experience doing that. Once we all focus on what students need in our district, and we have that end result, I think we’ll be able to collaborate and have respectful discussions. I think we can do that.Would you be supportive of a bond or mill levy to bring more funding to the district?I would need to continue to listen to our parents and our teachers for additional guidance. At this time, I would support a bond and mill levy to support our school buildings and capital improvement needs. It also supports the retention and recruitment of high-quality teachers. It also helps support the academic achievement of kids. I’d like to gather some more information and data, but it looks likely.What do you want people to know about you?I’m a life-long educator and I was born in Colorado. I have deep commitment to this community and to education. I grew up in a rural community. I have a background that I think will benefit our school district. I’m committed to listening to our parents, our kids and our employees. I’m committed to serving them and to meeting the needs of our kids.
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