The May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch led Franceen Thompson to run for a seat as Douglas County School Board director for District C, which comprises eastern and southern Highlands Ranch. …
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The May 7 shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch led Franceen Thompson to run for a seat as Douglas County School Board director for District C, which comprises eastern and southern Highlands Ranch.
Her daughter was a senior at the school when the tragedy happened.
“It had a tremendous effect on my family, my STEM family, my community,” Thompson said. “I just felt like I needed to do something.”
Thompson was born and raised in the Littleton area and graduated from Arapahoe High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Lubbock Christian University in Texas and an MBA from Texas Tech University. She’s currently employed as a financial specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Her son and daughter attended Legacy Point Elementary School, and her son spent a year at Sagewood Middle School before transferring to STEM when it opened in 2011. Her daughter followed.
Thompson has been involved in School Accountability Committees and served as chair of DCSD’s District Accountability Committee in 2012.
In 2011, she registered with the Colorado Secretary of State as a candidate for the Douglas County School Board election, but dropped out weeks later. Instead she opted to support candidates who espoused reforms such as pay-for-performance evaluations for teachers.
“I like reform,” Thompson said. “I think the reforms were poorly implemented and that was the problem.”
Some of her priorities include school security, special education and career tech education.
What do the next few months look like for Thompson?
“I just really want to get out there and talk to parents and taxpayers,” she said. “I want to spend time in the community and listen.”
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