Highlands Ranch resident Andy Jones is vying for a seat as Douglas County School Board director for District A, which comprises western Highlands Ranch.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Jones attended the University of Mississippi on a Reserve Officers' Training Corps scholarship. The former Navy pilot has been a flight instructor for United Airlines for 22 years.
Jones' three children attended Platte River Academy in Highlands Ranch, and two of the three graduated from Mountain Vista High School. This fall, his youngest will be a senior at the high school.
Jones said he and his wife have been involved in their children's education since the beginning. For three years, he served on the governing board for Platte River Academy, a charter school.
“We just find this is so important,” Jones said.
Jones is entering his third year on DCSD's District Accountability Committee, currently holding the title of co-vice chair. The committee collects feedback from individual School Accountability Committees, made up of parents, and advises the board of education on spending priorities.
His experience in helping bridge divides and strengthen collaboration in the district sparked his interest in running as a candidate, he said.
“We need to anchor on some good, solid governing principals that give our district, teachers and staff the stability that makes them look to the leadership and say, `I trust what they are doing,' ” Jones said.
Jones' priorities include safety and security, teacher retention and parent engagement. When it comes to safety, he points to his professional and military background.
“Every moment we fly, we are thinking about the safety and security of our passengers,” Jones said, adding, “I think I've got some skill sets that currently are not available on the board.”
What do the next few months look like for Jones?
“It's going to be a lot of walking neighborhoods and meeting people at every opportunity.”
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