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Felicia Battle: ‘I am committed to the success of Eagle County students’

Felicia Battle, right, is running for the school board from Eagle.
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Meet Your Candidates

The Vail Daily is profiling candidates for the Eagle County School District Board of Education.

Today is Felicia Battle and Bob Ticer, running for District D around Eagle.

Election Day is Nov. 3.

EAGLE COUNTY — Working with people who have the same opinion — that’s easy, says Felicia Battle.

“The best solutions come from working with people with whom you might disagree,” she said.

Battle is an incumbent who said her role as a school board member is to make decisions based on analysis. She’s an accountant and oversees large financial operations, and is a former director of finance with Marriott International.

“I bring a strong financial background as a board member,” she said. “I believe my role as a school board member is to make decisions based on analysis, to balance needs and concerns, and have the ability to see the long-term implications of an action.”

Battle is an incumbent and said she worked for local and state funding initiatives, finding ways to increase funding. She co-founded the Education Foundation for Eagle County to help provide funding directly to schools when state lawmakers were slashing local budgets.

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She has served as Brush Creek Elementary School PTA president, Eagle Valley Middle School PTA member, Education Foundation of Eagle County founder and trustee, and she has served on her neighborhood homeowners association board of directors. Her two children attend Eagle Valley Middle School.

Battle has lived everywhere from the mid-valley to the Middle East, the Northeast, Southwest, New Orleans and Oklahoma City.

Like many of us, she got involved when her children started school, volunteering in classrooms to teach the alphabet to small groups of small kids.

“As they grew as children, I grew as an advocate,” Battle said.

Battle agrees that the starting pay for teachers should be boosted but said it goes beyond salaries to things like professional growth opportunities, lodging and lifestyle opportunities.

All it takes is money, and education funding in Colorado is convoluted at best.

“I learned how dismal our state funding is because of TABOR. It’s the devil,” she said.

The school district is headed in the right direction, but there’s still much to do.

Education should ensure that graduates are ready for careers and colleges by helping students develop employer-identified skills, she said.

Graduation rates are 80 percent, which is higher than the state average, but not high enough, Battle said.

“I am committed to the success of Eagle County students and care about our valley-wide community,” Battle said. “Working with this board has been a great honor.”

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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