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Board of Education members are dedicated volunteers

​​Karen Fisher, Janice McDonald, Eric Parish, Randy Perlis and David Willman suited up in a group photo.Janice McDonald has a long history with the Cherry Creek School District.

A longtime parent, volunteer and employee of the district, McDonald is one of those rare community members who can talk about what Cherry Creek looked like more than 30 years ago. That close connection to the schools, the students and the entire community is part of what drove McDonald to run for the District B director position on the Cherry Creek School District School Board in 2015.

“As I began to look at running for the school board more and more, it just fit. The district has been very good to me and to my family. I’ve always enjoyed working in Cherry Creek, and I just thought that this was a way to pay it forward,” McDonald said. “I have all of this experience, and now I can use it again in a different way.”

McDonald’s commitment to the district typifies the selfless attitude of every board member, who work countless hours in a volunteer position to ensure the best future for thousands of students.

The Cherry Creek School District Board of Education comprises five dedicated public servants who work tirelessly for the sake of more than 54,000 students. January is School Board Recognition Month, and the district is proud to acknowledge the work of board members Karen Fisher, Janice McDonald, Eric Parish, Randy Perlis and David Willman. Two of these board members, McDonald and Parish, began their work after the election of 2015.

These unpaid volunteers work hundreds of hours a week for a simple goal: to ensure that every student in the Cherry Creek School District receives the best education possible. That means that every student in every building has access to an education that properly prepares them for success in college, the military, the workplace and the larger realm of society as a whole.

“How fortunate we are to have these selfless volunteers leading our district,” said Cherry Creek Superintendent Harry Bull. “They give generously of their time to thoroughly study and carefully consider many challenging and complex issues. Every decision they make is based on what is in the best interest of our students.”

That effort involves a high level of expertise. The Cherry Creek School District is home to more than 54,000 students. The board oversees the efficient management of a public entity with more than 9,000 part-time and full-time employees. They successfully oversee an annual general fund budget of more than $400 million. All of that work comes on top of the countless hours spent interacting firsthand with students, teachers, district administrators, parents and other community members. That direct communication comes during the countless school visits, special events and sporting events that take place throughout the year.

All of that work and commitment didn’t dissuade the latest pair of new board members, who see the work as a privilege and an honor.

"Choosing to run for the board and my experience in the district for the past 11 years are interrelated," said Parish, who was elected to the District A Director. Parish and his wife specifically moved to the area in the 2003 from Arizona so their children could attend school in the Cherry Creek School District. "I was able to see through my kids and through my own experiences as a volunteer how the reputation of the district is well deserved. I realize that I want that to continue for my kids, but I also want it to continue for all the kids who come after them."

Each board member represents one of the district’s five director districts, but they are elected ‘at-large’ to four-year terms by registered voters via a non-partisan ballot.

Board of Education meetings are generally held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at one of the Cherry Creek schools.  Contact information for the Board of Education is 720-554-4300 or ccsdboard@cherrycreekschools.org.

Eric ParishEric Parish
Director District A
Cherry Hills Village Elementary
Dry Creek Elementary
Greenwood Elementary
Heritage Elementary
Holly Ridge Primary/Holly Hills Elementary
Homestead Elementary
Walnut Hills Elementary
Willow Creek Elementary
Campus Middle School
West Middle School
Cherry Creek High School

Janice McDonaldJanice McDonald
Director District B
Eastridge Community Elementary
Highline Community Elementary
Polton Community Elementary
Ponderosa Elementary
Village East Elementary
Challenge School
Prairie Middle School
Overland High School

Dave WillmanDavid Willman
Director District C
Arrowhead Elementary
Cimarron Elementary
Independence Elementary
Indian Ridge Elementary
Meadow Point Elementary
Mission Viejo Elementary
Peakview Elementary
Summit Elementary
Trails West Elementary
Horizon Middle School
Laredo Middle School
Smoky Hill High School

Randy PerlisRandy Perlis
Director District D
Antelope Ridge Elementary
Aspen Crossing Elementary
Buffalo Trail Elementary
Canyon Creek Elementary
Coyote Hills Elementary
Dakota Valley Elementary
Sunrise Elementary
Timberline Elementary
Fox Ridge Middle School
Liberty Middle School
Sky Vista Middle School    
Thunder Ridge Middle School
Cherokee Trail High School
Eaglecrest High School
            
Karen FisherKaren Fisher
Director District E
Belleview Elementary
Cherry Creek Academy
Cottonwood Creek Elementary
Creekside Elementary
Fox Hollow Elementary
High Plains Elementary
Red Hawk Ridge Elem
Rolling Hills Elementary
Sagebrush Elementary
Falcon Creek Middle School
Grandview High School

Posted 1/5/2016 10:45 AM
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