The Englewood School Board is ready to get the ball rolling after a unanimous 4-0 vote on Nov. 14 to choose Steven Leflar for the board's vacant seat. Leflar was sworn into his position at a Nov. 19 …
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The Englewood School Board is ready to get the ball rolling after a unanimous 4-0 vote on Nov. 14 to choose Steven Leflar for the board's vacant seat.
Leflar was sworn into his position at a Nov. 19 Englewood School Board meeting. Rather than having an election, the board went through an application process to fill its final board seat after not enough people filed to run for the positions that would have been on the fall ballot. Leflar is joining Gary Manfre in replacing Kevin Ebert and Sharon Scheminske on the board as the two stepped away to focus on other responsibilities.
The Englewood School Board chose Leflar, who will serve as the board's treasurer, from 10 applicants.
“I was very pleasantly surprised at the number of candidates that applied to be on the board. It was nice to see that much interest,” said Jen Hubbard, first vice president of the school board. “It's a good feeling to know that we'll have a full board. I'm excited to have (Leflar) on.”
Leflar is a member of the Colorado Army National Guard, where he completes domestic operations, trains soldiers and works as a helicopter crew chief instructor. He graduated from Englewood High School in 1994 and has four children who attend school in the district — two of whom have autism while another has Tourette's. Leflar says he has been amazed by the work Englewood Schools has done to support his children.
Teacher retention, keeping Englewood children in Englewood Schools and supporting Englewood Schools' Academic Advancement Initiative are Leflar's goals as a member of the school board, he says.
The Academic Advancement Initiative is a two-year project that prioritizes academic achievement and growth. It was created toward the end of the 2017-2018 school year and primarily focuses on Englewood Schools leaders and teachers.
“(The Colorado Army National Guard is) always doing dynamic things, and I thought that skill set would transfer over well, partnered with my passion for Englewood. I just wanted to get in and find out how I can support the school district the best,” Leflar said.
The Englewood School Board is preparing to attend the Colorado Association of School Boards Convention where they'll attend panels, meetings and network with others. The convention begins Dec. 5.
“We had so many strong candidates and everybody had different strengths. (Leflar) is a graduate of Englewood Schools,” said Caty Husbands, president of the board. “That was one thing that was really important. We don't have a member on the board that graduated through Englewood Schools. He brings an important perspective. Englewood is a close knit community, and I think the board values that he came through the system.”
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