School board candidate: Jeanne McQueeney |

School board candidate: Jeanne McQueeney

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailySchool board candidate Jeanne McQueeney, right, teaches an early childhood development class at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards.

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.

In District D, Jeanne McQueeney is running against Margaret Olle for the seat representing Eagle west to Gypsum Creek Road and aeras north of I-70.

McQueeney moved here to ski, but made a career out of kids.

She was a pre-school director for the school district when the program first began. She now teaches a variety of early-childhood classes at Colorado Mountain College and trains teachers for the school district’s Head Start program.

One of the biggest problems McQueeney sees in the school district is communication.

“I really think that the district does some good stuff, but we don’t hear about it,” McQueeney said.

However, McQueeney has been encouraged by the series of home meetings the school district is scheduling to talk with parents.

McQueeney also works with a nonprofit called Early Childhood Partners. She would like to see the school district work more closely with area youth groups.

“The school district has so much it needs to do, but it gets disconnected with the other groups that work with youth,” McQueeney said.

Another big challenge McQueeney sees for the district is staying competitive with the private schools in the valley.

“I think parents should have choices, but I want to see them choosing public education,” McQueeney said. “We need to see what are other schools doing that other parents are choosing.”

She’s married to Harry McQueeney, a teacher at Red Sandstone Elementary. When the mountains open up, you can expect to find her family skiing every weekend.

They’re also attracted to ambitious and physically demanding vacations. Last year, she and her husband rode their bicycles from San Diego to Virginia beach with another family. The kids rode along in an RV.

“It was 100 miles a day” we rode the whole thing,” McQueeney said.

Staff writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or

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