Between Pueblo School District 60 and Pueblo County School District 70, seven new members took over the board of directors of their school boards in late 2021.
Matthew Kranswick and Cathy De Niro were elected on November 2 and sworn in as new members of the Pueblo D60 Board of Directors on November 29. The Pueblo D70 features an all-new board of directors made up of Aaron “AJ” Wilson, Anne Och, Kathleen Culhane-Holland, Chris DeLuca and John Christenson.
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Following the swearing in of Kranswick and De Niro, Margaret Wright was elected president of the D60 Pueblo Board of Education at the November 29 meeting.
Wright has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the past two years and has replaced Taylor Voss as Chairman of the Board. She has lived in Pueblo since 2013 and has experience as a college teacher, special education teacher, fine arts teacher, and educational consultant, among other professions, according to the Pueblo D60 website.
Tommy Farrell succeeds Wright as Vice Chairman. Before graduating from Colorado Pueblo State University, he attended Pueblo D60 and Pueblo D70 schools. He held positions with the Boy Scouts of America and was an instructor for the Practical History Program of the El Pueblo Museum of History, according to Pueblo D60.
In addition to being the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Pueblo D60, Farrell is the president of the Southern Colorado Alliance for Equality. Like Wright, he has been a member of the Pueblo D60 board of directors since 2019.
Barb Clemente Puebloan is a lifelong graduate of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She was a language arts teacher and Pueblo D60 facilitator for organizational leadership before being elected to serve on the Board of Directors in 2016. She held the positions of Vice President and President while on the Board of Directors, according to Pueblo D60.
Kranswick has taught at Colorado Pueblo State University since 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Arizona, and is an associate professor of inorganic chemistry. He said that as a director on the Pueblo D60 board of directors, he’s looking to narrow the learning gap and fight misinformation.
DeNiro returns to the Pueblo D60 Board of Directors after being elected in November 2021. The teacher served for a long time on the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2015. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver and served as President and Vice President during her previous tenure on the Pueblo D60 Board.
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The five new members of the Pueblo D70 Board of Education were sworn in during a special meeting on December 3.
Ochs is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Pueblo D70. She graduated from the South with an undergraduate degree from Regis University and Grand Canyon University. A resident of Pueblo West, she has taught at Pueblo D70 schools for five years. It is currently instructively designed for the K12 Stride, according to the Pueblo D70 website.
Wilson, current Vice President of the Board of Directors, is the owner of the Complete Chiropractic Center in Pueblo West. He attended Pueblo D70 schools from kindergarten through 12th grade before earning his Ph.D. in chiropractic, according to Pueblo D70. Like Ochs, he is a resident of Pueblo West and a father who has expressed opposition to hiding mandates.
Culhane-Howland has lived in Pueblo West for nearly 20 years. She has experience in counseling high-risk youth, counseling on substance abuse, marketing and retail sales. She has degrees from Marquette University, Metropolitan State University, and the University of Colorado-Denver, according to Pueblo D70.
DeLuca is a Pueblo County High School graduate from St. Charles Mesa. At Pueblo County High School, he was a member of the National Honor Society and student government. As a principal on the Pueblo D70’s board of directors, he prioritizes embracing technology and strengthening relationships between the board and individual schools, he said.
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Christenson was born outside of Rye and has lived on his family’s farm in Rye since 2009. He was previously a firefighter and EMT in Summit County, Colorado. Now self-employed, he has a few local businesses with his wife and has two daughters who attended Ray Schools, according to Pueblo D70.
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