School board candidate: Carrie Benway |

School board candidate: Carrie Benway

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailySchool board candidate Carrie Benway says the district needs to communicate better with students' parents.

EAGLE COUNTY ” Open communication and the controversial way we pay teachers are some of the big problems on the minds of school board candidates running for election.

Carrie Benway is challenging incumbent Keith Thompson for District C, representing parts of Edwards.

With two young children in the dual language program at Edwards Elementary, Benway says she wants a big hand in their education as they head toward graduation.

She’s been volunteering at Edwards Elementary every week for five years now. You can usually find her watching over kids on the playground. She also enjoys teaching Sunday school, skiing and snowshoeing with the kids, and playing tennis with a team in Homestead.

A big issue for Benway is communication. She wants to see more dialogue between the school board and the community, and she sees the series of home meetings being scheduled by the district as a great start.

Benway sees herself as a good communicator and as someone who can see the big picture.

“I think the way to solve problems is to walk into a school and sit down and talk to people, get your solutions from there,” Benway said.

Benway also says work needs to be done on the Teacher Advancement Program. Making strides there will be a way to keep teachers and families in the district, she said.

“The basis of having performance-based pay is a very reasonable thing,” Benway said. “I think it needs to be more clear for the teachers how their evaluations are done, how their pay is broken up.”

“I’ve been so happy with the elementary, I’d like to be sure the quality is good for middle and high school,” Benway said.

A Florida native, Benway has lived in the valley for 15 years, but has been vacationing here since she was six years old. She said she’s always loved the mountains and moved here for the ski slopes and quality of life.

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