D-12 picks long-time volunteer for vacant board seat

January 18, 2012

Tom Neumann, a past chairman of the Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 district accountability committee, has been chosen to fill a vacancy on the school board.  

The D-12 school board voted unanimously at a special meeting Wednesday to make Neumann a director. He will take the oath of office for the two-year term at the Jan. 30 meeting.

He fills a vacancy left by former president Jack Wiepking, who had served eight years and was term limited. No one ran for the post in the November election.

However, there were 12 applicants for the seat, and four finalists for the appointment.

“We are very excited about Tom. He has been very actively involved in the district,” said Board President Phil DeVries.

Neumann, who is in real estate, has worked as a volunteer in the district for a number of years, including serving on the district and Broadmoor Elementary School’s accountability committees. He is married to Laura Neumann, the Colorado Springs mayor’s chief of staff.

They have two children in D-12’s Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School.

Neumann said his top priority is the budget.

“I think funding issues are on the forefront for the foreseeable future. We’ve got to do the best with our resources. The mill levy passing shows how our community supports the school system.”

The district, in the southwest area of the city, has about 4,500 students. It is one of the top academic performers in the state and recently received the third highest accreditation scores in Colorado for academic growth, achievement and postsecondary and workforce readiness.

Voters in November handed the district a $1.7 million mill levy override to help fill gaps left by more than $3 million in cuts the past three years.

Contact Carol McGraw: 636-0371 Twitter @mcgrawatgazette Facebook Carol McGraw

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