Crysti Copp: Candidate for Littleton Public Schools Board of Education

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City or town of residence: Centennial

Occupation: Part-time office manager with Run4Fund$, full-time mom

Contact information: copp4lps@gmail.com, www.copp4lps.com

Why are you seeking this office?

I want to help continue the legacy of excellence that LPS has shown for many years. We have opportunities for innovation coming up that will give our students an even better foundation for their post-graduate experiences, whatever they may be.

What makes you the best person for the job?

As a mom of two LPS students, I have volunteered for 10 years, from PTOs to the Safe Schools Committee to the Long-Range Planning Committee and serving as co-lead of the bond initiative. With strong relationships within the district and community, I have an understanding of how the board works.

What, if anything, should be done to enhance security at district schools?

Security of our students is very important. LPS’s security leaders are nationally recognized for their expertise. They are constantly monitoring our current systems and upgrading to the best technology to protect our students. I fully support the needs and upgrades these experts suggest. Our community really needs to know that our students’ safety is an extremely high priority to the district and become a partner with the district in continuing to ensure the highest level of security for our students. I will do my best to encourage this partnership.

What, if anything, should be done to better address the mental health needs of district students?

Student and staff mental health is a big issue in LPS. There is an entire department as well as counselors and psychologists at each school dedicated to supporting our students. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be enough. I’d like to see more partnership with families, places of worship, clubs and other places where staff and students can link up with adults and peers for support, encouragement and coping tools.

What issue or issues must the school board make a bigger priority next year than it has in recent years?

Due to our state funding challenges, financial resources for LPS continue to diminish. We must find new ways to be innovative, while keeping student education our top priority in board decision making next year. For example, figuring out how to fully fund the CTE Center along with our current needs.

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