School board candidate: Margaret Olle |

School board candidate: Margaret Olle

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailySchool Board candidate Margaret Olle wraps library books in protective covers during her voulteer time at the Edwards Elementary School.

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

Olle and her family moved here from Austin, Texas, looking for more diversity, and they found it in Eagle County a little over two years ago.

“I didn’t like the feeling of entitlement people around us had, so we looked for a place that was a little more mixed race,” Olle said. “That’s real important to us, not living in an all-white, all-wealthy, all-homogenous community.”

Olle is married and has six children ” three boys, and three girls adopted from Russia. That basically makes her a full-time mother, one who volunteers at school a lot. You can find her in Edwards Elementary every Tuesday working in the library.

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Olle said the school board can impact this community more than any other position, and that’s why she wants the job.

“It’s the greatest tool that we have to reduce poverty and the social inequities we have in our society ” public education is the one great equalizer ,” Olle said.

She says the biggest challenges for the school district are keeping teachers, communication and meeting the needs of a diverse student population.

Olle said a big part of keeping teachers in the valley will be reworking the Teacher Advancement Program, especially the controversial way teachers are compensated based on performance. She sees the steering committee recently created by the district as a great start in solving problems.

She’d also like to see the school board improve communication and seek out more public input before making decisions. She wants to see the school board out in the community more.

She also sees the need for reaching out to those students learning English while still meeting the needs of all other students. She’d like to see more lessons that are customized for every student.

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