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Victoria Latrell Seeks Election To Widefield School District 3 Board Of Education

 

October 23, 2019

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Widefield School District Three Board of Education candidate Victoria Latrell chose to run for election after friends asked her to. Regarding addressing /solving the challenges the school district faces she said her 21 years working for WSD3 affords her a small insight into some of the issues presented to the board.

"As the 'new kid on the block,' I freely admit that stepping into a new role will require some intense preparatory learning on my part; but, I can also tap into the knowledge and assistance from incumbents' experience," she said.

Latrell explained her family moved to School District 3 after her husband retired from the USAF in June, 1990 to be close to his family.

She began part-time employment with WSD3 in February 1998, then full-time in September of that year; she retired in March 2019.

"I was invited to serve on School District 3 Federal Credit Union Board and participated from 2006 to 2012. I have served on the SD3FCU Supervisory Committee since then," she added.

Latrell said she will bring a variety of experience to serving on the board if elected, when asked what unique perspectives/contributions to service would be.

"I have been employed in various jobs in my working life, including 11 years in the USAF; those experiences will be helpful to my perspective. I served on the WSD3 DAAC (District Accountability and Advisory Board) for 7 years. I have worked in various ministries at church."

She said she believes the greatest challenge facing the school district is to "provide a quality education, preparing our students for their roles in 'life after school;' while balancing the important positive influences of the rich, diverse cultures of our community, all the while satisfying the multi-faceted aspects required of a governmental entity-a tall order."

She continued, "As the 'new kid on the block,' I freely admit that stepping into a new role will require some intense preparatory learning on my part; but, I can also tap into the knowledge and assistance from incumbents' experience."

Regarding District 3's greatest needs right now she said, "Due to the mobile society we live in, one of the greatest needs is keeping up with the constant ebb and flow of students--many of which are only here a short time-and not letting them get lost in the shuffle."

She also stated a fair few teachers move on every year making it challenging to maintain a sense of stability within the school setting.

Latrell said having friends encourage her to run for the school board gave her the confidence to put her name in.

"I am willing to learn all I can from all sources available to enhance my ability to serve students, staff and community with the same support, loyalty and integrity embodied by the residents of the district," she added.

Regarding the proposed joint Fountain Valley Recreation Center concept being explored in a partnership including District 3, City of Fountain and the FV Senior Center, she said she doesn't have enough knowledge about this to comment.

Latrell's son is an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps; and her daughter is a Recruiter for the Texas Air National Guard. She has two stepsons who live in Albuquerque. She received a Bachelors Degree from the University of Idaho and a Masters Degree from Colorado Christian University. She became a member of Pikes Peak Christian Church in 2001 and helps to sign for the deaf and hard-of-hearing at a local church. she also supports Lance's Deaf Orphans in Kenya through Deaf Child Hope.

 

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