When the Summit School District Board of Education members had been requested to learn out a brief listing of three faculty board candidates they thought needs to be thought of for the position, each single one had candidate Julie Shapiro on their listing.
The assembly, held on Thursday, June 16, had time devoted on the agenda to interview, nominate, elect and swear in a brand new faculty board member to exchange former board member Gloria Quintero.
That night, Shapiro was sworn into workplace and put to work.
Shapiro, who has lived in Summit County for the previous 12 years, is initially from upstate New York. She is the director for the Center for Natural Resources on the Keystone Policy Center, the place she is presently engaged on the reintroduction of the wolf inhabitants in Colorado.
Kate Hudnut, the president of the Summit School District Board of Education, mentioned if she will convey folks collectively over that huge of a difficulty, “it makes anything we do seem pretty darn simple.”
Shapiro needed to change into a college board member not solely as a result of she desires to give again to the group but additionally as a result of she mentioned she cares deeply about public schooling.
She impressed the board along with her historical past of drawback fixing, decision-making expertise and expertise with negotiating with stakeholders by way of her position on the Keystone Policy Center.
“It’s one thing to come to a table and just kind of complain, it’s another thing to come to the table, address it and move that work forward,” mentioned board member Johanna Kugler on the assembly.
Shapiro mentioned she was excited to use her expertise as a strategic thinker and drawback solver to do exactly that.
“How can we prioritize and get things done to move the needle for kids,” she mentioned.
Many on the assembly expressed their curiosity in what she might convey to the desk as somebody whose profession has been centered across the outdoor.
“Summit County is an outdoor place, our kids are outdoor people. I think for her to have that value system really meshes with the value system of Summit County,” mentioned Roy Crawford, the Summit County School District interim superintendent.
When Shapiro graduated from school in 2003, she headed to the Colorado mountains in her Toyota Camry not even figuring out how to ski, she mentioned with amusing.
But by way of that have, she mentioned she discovered “the courage to do something new and do something different that’s bold, and make a big move.” It’s a lesson she mentioned she would convey to the varsity board — to take the massive leap, belief her intestine, and go all in.