Dr. Jodi Breckenridge Petit, currently the Salida School Board Vice President, has announced that she is running for reelection in the November 2 school board election and says she intends to continue with her comprehensive support of Salida students and staff.
Breckenridge Petit told Ark Valley Voice, “I want my service to the community to matter. And boy does my school board work matter. I served through the peak of the COVID pandemic before the vaccine. I am currently on the collective bargaining team and working with the Salida Education Association to find the best financial options for negotiated benefits—this is hard work, but it matters.”
She continued “What excites me about being on the school board? First, I am so fired up that our district’s test scores, every one of them, are higher than the state average. Second, I am so thrilled to be part of the effort to redefine graduation requirements now that we have CMC as a teammate. Finally, we have budgeted a five percent retention bonus and a raise via steps and levels for our amazing faculty and staff. ”
Breckenridge Petit says that she is proud of these successful efforts by the Salida School District for the last academic year include:
- Successful in-person instruction
- Retained staff with budget innovations
- Increased CMC participation to 35 percent of all high school students
- All Salida schools’ learning measurements are higher than the state average
- Served District 2 during the COVID pandemic peak
Her goals for the current academic year include:
- Keep the students, faculty, and staff safe
- Continue in-person instruction
- Future-facing graduation requirements
- Increase CMC trade courses and certificates at Salida High School (SHS)
- Compensation incentives for faculty and staff
- Creative solutions for staff shortages
In addition to serving on the school board, Breckenridge Petit substitute teaches for the school district (2016- present), has taught English as a second language for the school district (2020-2021), and supports effective student communication at Horizons Exploratory Academy (HEA) with Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ, 2019-present).
Her Ph.D. is in educational leadership, focusing on effective teaching methods. She held a teaching certificate in chemistry and biology for grades seven through 12 for 20 years. Since 2015, she has been the managing member of Garfield Syndicate, a woman-owned small business; teaching American and U.S. allies special operations units.
She volunteered in the Nurturing Parent Program through Family and Youth Initiatives (FYI) from 2017 to present, and was named the FYI 2018-2019 Volunteer of the Year) and as a grant-writing instructor/mentor for the Chaffee County Community Foundation. She still volunteers for Salida Boy Scout Troop 60 as the quarterly seamstress, sewing on merit badges and patches.
Breckenridge Petit and her husband, Brian, have three young adult sons: a U.S. Navy officer currently deployed in the Western Pacific, a U.S. Army infantry officer, and a student studying at the University of California—Santa Barbara.