School board candidate: Judd Babcock |

School board candidate: Judd Babcock

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailySchool board candidate and broker Judd Babcock rewrites a real estate advertisement at Gateway Land Development 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.

District G includes Edwards south of Highway 6, Avon west of Beaver Creek Road and south of I-70, the area west of Beaver Creek Road and east of Lake Creek Road.

Judd Babcock, who is challenging incumbent Jason Benderly for this seat, says perspective of a businessman, especially a businessman with school experience, would be a good thing for the school board, Babcock says.

Babcock is a real estate broker with Gateway Land Development, and he runs his own business as well, Babcock Development Company. Babcock was also president of the Eagle County Charter Academy Board of Directors and has had years of experience dealing with the Eagle County school board, he said. Babcock was also a director at Vail Christian High School.

“When you have a business background, you can look at numbers and budgets and analyze if there are problems with the budget and money for the future,” Babcock said. “My real estate background has always been helpful in locating properties for school buildings and realizing the nature of real estate in the valley.”

Babcock moved here 16 years ago from Vermont. He was impressed with the skiing, and he was impressed with the schools. He has three daughters” one was college age when he moved here, but the other two went to Eagle County Charter Academy.

Babcock said there’s lots of parental involvement at the Charter Academy, and he would like to see more parental involvement in all schools. One way to do that is to mandate it in some way.

“We need to get parents to sign an agreement to be a more of the part of the schools, for them to recognize the need for involvement,” Babcock said.

The other big challenges for the school district will be finding a new superintendent and reworking the Teacher Advancement Program, he said.

“There’s some good points to TAP, but there are a lot of problems, and those problems have to be discussed and analyzed,” Babcock said.

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