Today, Nov. 5, is Election Day, in which five of the seven Buena Vista Board of Education seats are up for election. It is too late for voters to mail their ballots, so voters who have not yet cast their ballots should deposit them in the county’s ballot drop boxes before 7 p.m. tonight.  Information about the four ballot drop-off locations for Chaffee County and provided here.

The Buena Vista School Board is comprised of seven members who are elected by the local voters for a four-year term. The seven-member board is comprised of three at-large representatives and four members representing specific districts or areas within the school district.

In approaching the end of the campaigning and with the election coming to a close today, Ark Valley Voice asked the candidates two questions:

  1. What made you want to run for the Buena Vista Board of Education?
  2. What do you hope to do while serving in your potential role on the Board of Education?

The 2019 School Board Candidates that were certified to run and their responses are as follows (Responses were not received from Brett Mitchell and Tracy Storms):

Stacey Moss (District A Candidate)

  1. What made you want to run for the Buena Vista Board of Education?

“I was encouraged to run for the school board by community members, friends and family. I decided it was time to get involved. I felt it was time to give back.”

  1. What do you hope to do while serving in your potential role on the Board of Education?

“I would need to learn and study school board policies, review state laws.  A new member needs to work with other board members as a team.  A new board member will have to do what is best for students and staff.  Like all board members, the first priority is the students. I want to help the school keep moving forward.”

Nathaniel Weeks (District A Candidate)

  1. What made you want to run for the Buena Vista Board of Education?

“I was encouraged by several business owners to run.  They knew my credentials and my passion to bless students.”

  1. What do you hope to do while serving in your potential role on the Board of Education?

“After 35 years in education, effective teachers have become my heroes! My goals can be summed up in one sentence:  I’d like to get the taxpayers to a point where, when the time comes, they gladly pay more taxes to increase the salaries and benefits of our awesome school employees for making a wonderful difference in the lives of our children.”

Suzette Hachmann (District C Candidate)

  1. What made you want to run for the Buena Vista Board of Education?  

After serving for four years, I have seen first hand the great things BV School District has to offer. Our board has worked hard alongside Superintendent Lisa Yates to support the work of the district. I would like to continue to support the success of our students and the district as a whole.

  1. What do you hope to do while serving in your potential role on the Board of Education? 

I hope to further the success of the Buena Vista School District and its students through the board-driven District Priorities of ‘Professional and Community Collaboratives, Thinking Strategies, Safe and Healthy Learning Spaces, and Spaces of Optimism.’

Nancy Best (At Large-2 years)

  1. What made you want to run for the Buena Vista Board of Education?

“I’ve been interested in education my whole life, even majoring in physical education at Wheaton College in Illinois. I first ran for the school board to help make the school district the best it can be. I’ve enjoyed serving these past four years, like the direction the district is moving in, and want to help it to continue in that direction. I’m a firm believer in the 7Cs and the four district priorities (Build Professional and Community Collaboratives; Instruct with Focus on Thinking Strategies and Feedback; Create Spaces of Optimism; Establish Safe and Healthy Learning Spaces). Everything that the district does should put the students first, enabling each one to reach the peak of success.”

  1. What do you hope to do while serving in your potential role on the Board of Education? 

“Since the board operates under the Policy Governance model, no individual board member comes with a personal agenda. We discuss and deliberate over the various issues and situations that are brought before us, come to a decision, and then move forward on that decision as a united board. That being said, I hope to continue supporting measures that help make the 7Cs a part of everyday life and to base decisions on what fulfills the district priorities. The end result of these priorities is the enablement of students to realize their potential and become engaged and productive citizens.”

Jessica Crites (At Large- 2 years)

  1. What made you want to run for the Buena Vista Board of Education? 

“Having lived in Buena Vista my entire life, I am truly passionate about helping make our community the best it can possibly be. Being a graduate of BVHS and now having children in the school district, I feel I have the best interest of students at heart. I would like to serve as a link between the community and school district and advocate for our hard-working administration, teachers, staff, and, most importantly, our students.”

  1. What do you hope to do while serving in your potential role on the Board of Education?  

“I simply want to serve our community, school district and our students within the district. I believe the role of a school board member is to represent the citizens within the district, to collaborate with, and listen to other board members and the superintendent, and most importantly, to advocate for our children. As a business owner, a parent, and an alumna, I feel I can bring different perspectives to the board and provide support to the changes and growth our district is facing.”

Board meetings are held twice a month on the second and fourth Mondays, with the public always welcome to attend and share input during the public comment section of each meeting.