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Local Salida resident Mandy Paschall has officially launched her campaign for the School Board District 3 seat on the Salida R-32-J Board of Education and is pledging to promote conversation around education. Along with Paschall’s intent to build community involvement and ensure fair process, she says she is also passionate about success for all students.

Paschall explained, “I am running for school board because I believe in the Salida School District mission, that every child deserves access to a quality education that prepares them for success in whatever path they choose post-graduation. Salida is leaps and bounds above other districts in being innovative and preparing our kids for different opportunities, and I am excited to continue that conversation and move it forward.”

I believe strongly in stakeholder engagement,” she adds, “and feel that we are stronger when all decision-makers have the chance to come to the table – staff, teachers, students, parents, and taxpayers. Our differences make us stronger, and we need everyone’s voice.”

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Mandy Paschall graduated with a BA in Anthropology and then completed her BA and master’s in nursing. She is a family nurse practitioner and registered nurse. She worked for five years at Denver Health as a pediatric and pediatric ICU nurse, and later finished her master’s in nursing. Paschall certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and worked at a public health clinic in Adams County for eight years where she managed a panel of more than 800 patients.

“Working with so many diverse patients taught me so much, and I am forever grateful to have seen first-hand how our holistic approach to care – including social work, mental and physical health, and partnerships with our kids’ schools – improved our patients’ lives,” said Paschall. “These same ideas are the foundation of Salida’s values.”

Presently, Paschall is a stay-at-home parent and active community volunteer. She has volunteered countless hours at her children’s schools. While living in Denver, she was voted onto the leadership council where she helped with curriculum changes, social-emotional learning program development, and principal selection. She served as co-chair her second year on the council.

Paschall’s local experience extends to participation on both the Longfellow Accountability Committee and the District Accountability Committee. “Over the last 12 months, I have learned a tremendous amount about district goals, policies, and processes. I would be honored to serve on the school board and represent our amazing Salida community,” she said.