Angela Christensen will become Littleton Public Schools' newest board member, selected by a unanimous vote of the rest of the board on Feb. 25 to fill the vacancy left after Carrie Warren-Gully was elected as an Arapahoe County Commissioner.
Christensen, the parent of twin boys at Heritage High School, boasts a long history of volunteerism with LPS, most recently serving as the co-chair of the Yes on 4C campaign, which successfully worked to pass a mill levy override to boost the district's budget last fall.
“I'm excited to jump in and hit the ground running,” Christensen said the day after the vote. “It's a bit nerve-wracking, too. It's a lot to take in.”
Christensen said she felt well-equipped to join the board after a decade volunteering for numerous district boards and committees. Her resume with the district includes the parent-teacher organization and accountability committee at all three schools her sons have attended, and district-level groups like the financial advisory committee, the policy review committee and the PTO Presidents' Council.
“LPS is my life,” she said. “I love the district and its philosophy of finding success for each individual student.”
Christensen said the district faces a slew of issues, including declining enrollment exacerbated by COVID which could lead to school consolidations, sputtering state funding for education, and the social and emotional disruption of a year of hybrid and remote learning.
“We're just at the tip of the iceberg for how COVID has affected schools,” she said.
Christensen said she supported Superintendent Brian Ewert's decision to resume full-time in-person learning in mid-March.
“Is that change scary? Absolutely,” she said. “One side or another won't be happy, and it's not an easy decision, but it's in students' best interest.”
Christensen will be sworn in by March 7, and have another big decision to make in a few months: whether to run for reelection in November when her seat is up.
“I haven't made a final decision, but I'd like to run in the fall,” she said.
The five-member board is in for a shakeup this fall, with board member Kelly Perez and board president Jack Reutzel term-limited.
Originally from Nebraska, Christensen moved to Colorado to attend Colorado Christian University, where she earned a degree in business administration. She decided to stay in the state where she met her husband, and later worked in insurance and for Lt. Gov. Jane Norton.
Outside of her volunteering for LPS, Christensen also volunteers as a driver for Nourish Meals on Wheels. She said she is drawn to volunteerism by a spirit of giving back to her community instilled by her mother, a schoolteacher.
Reutzel said the board is thrilled to have Christensen on the dais, and members were impressed by her level of experience with district matters.
“She's participated in so many district-level committees that we're confident she can jump right in and be part of the important decisions we'll be making this spring,” Reutzel said. “We couldn't be more pleased with her or the quality of the 14 other applicants we received.”
Ewert said he was impressed by the depth of her knowledge.
“She already knows a lot about school finance, and that's tricky stuff,” Ewert said. “She's a firm believer in LPS, and a sharp lady. There were a bunch of great candidates, but I'm really pleased the board picked her.”
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