CCSD Board of Education
Board meetings are held monthly, usually on the second Monday of the month, 7:00 p.m., at one of the schools in the Cherry Creek School District. The Board invites citizen involvement in the schools, believing that a quality education is a responsibility all must share. For more agendas, minutes and other information, please visit the district's Board Docs page.
Director, District A
Janice McDonald, Secretary
Director, District B
Voters chose McDonald to take over the Director B seat on the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education in 2015, but her roots in the community go far deeper than a single election. Since McDonald and her husband moved to the district in 1976, the landscape surrounding their home in the Overland High School feeder area has transformed fundamentally.
“I was able to witness the district evolve in to what it is now,” McDonald said. “When I first moved here, we called it ‘Country City’ and we thought of the school district as a rural school district. We used to have farms near Eastridge Elementary.”
Just as the city of Aurora expanded and developed, so did the Cherry Creek School District. McDonald and her family took an active role in the district’s evolution – all five of her children attended Cherry Creek schools, and she took an early active role as a volunteer and an employee. She volunteered at Eastridge and Ponderosa elementary schools; she worked with the I-Team at Smoky Hill High School in the late ‘70s and moved on to a role as a family school community liaison at Prairie Middle School before retiring in 2010. These posts in the district came in addition to McDonald’s extensive work for the city of Aurora, Aurora Mental Health and other community organizations.
Visit our Board Docs page to find out more about Janice McDonald.
Director, District C
Angela Garland may be new to the Cherry Creek School District Board of Education, but she’s not unfamiliar with the most pressing issues facing the district.
Garland, who started her term in the board’s District C Director position in November, 2019, is the mother of four children who are currently enrolled in CCSD. Her résumé includes positions with the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, district P.A.S.S. (Partnerships for Academically Successful Students), Cherry Creek’s District Accountability Committee and parent teacher organizations. All of this work with district organizations caps a career spent working closely with nonprofits and other community organizations in Colorado, Missouri and her native Nebraska.
Combined, all of this experience has offered Garland a unique perspective on the most pressing issues related to public education in general and those facing Cherry Creek Schools specifically.
“I worked in the nonprofit and social services world for about 10 years, and that was my first foray into education. I saw a lot of students who were highly impacted by poverty, divorce, incarceration or other issues that made school that much more difficult for them,” Garland recalled of her work immediately following her graduation from the University of Nebraska with a degree in political science and English. “I often served as an intermediary for families who’d had negative experiences in public schools. I saw firsthand the needs of various schools and the needs of various students.”
Visit our Board Docs page to find out more about Angela Garland.
Kelly Bates, Vice President
Director, District D
Kelly Bates, who began her first term as a CCSD board member in the fall of 2017, brings a great deal of experience volunteering and serving in the district. Bates has served in leadership and volunteer roles at Creekside Elementary, Liberty Middle School and Cherokee Trail High School for more than a decade, serving as PTCO President and Vice President and chairing a wide variety of events and fundraisers. Bates earned the Wendy DeBell Exceptional Volunteer Award in 2012 and 2014, garnering recognition for her consummate work for students, teachers and the wider community. At the district level, Bates has been active in CCSD's bond and budget campaigns, as well as consistent participant in events and organizations ranging from Leadership Cherry Creek to the Parent Information Network and the Special Education Advisory Council. Bates boasts a background in education, having served as a child care director and preschool teacher at facilities in Michigan and Ohio.
Visit our Board Docs page to find out more about Kelly Bates.
Karen Fisher, President
Director, District E
By the time Fisher was elected to the Cherry Creek board in 2013, she'd served in volunteer roles at Belleview Elementary, Campus Middle School and Cherry Creek High School. She'd worked on accountability committees, served on the Community Asset Project Board, helped organize the first Family Wellness Summits and worked extensively with the district's Parents Council.
"I was really interested in running for school board for a number of years," Fisher said. "I attended meetings for a number of years before I was elected, and my transition was pretty smooth."
Part of that activism stemmed from Fisher's role as a parent of six children enrolled in the district. But Fisher, who earned an executive MBA in finance and marketing from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and held high-profile positions at large banks across the country, also chalks up her years of activism to a well-honed work ethic.
Visit our Board Docs page to find out more about Karen Fisher.