Honor of a lifetime serving as a board member on the Board of Education.
The Pueblo School District 60 Board of Education President Taylor Voss will not seek re-election for his seat this year, saying that he is proud of the impact he has made during his one-term tenure.
“I have been deeply involved in this community being born and raised here, and I am a proud product of District 60. The education I received in this district made me who I am today, so it has been the honor of my life serving on the Board of Education,” he said during Tuesday’s board meeting, informing board members of his decision.
Voss was elected to the board in 2017 and then elected president in 2019. Since then, D60 has begun construction on new school campuses, raised its graduation rates and navigated a pivot to virtual learning during a global pandemic.
In 2019, voters approved a $218 million bond question for various construction projects, including two new 1,000 capacity high schools to replace Centennial and East. Both campuses had groundbreaking ceremonies this year. The board also approved construction in March of another new campus to serve kindergarten through eighth grade students using leftover funds from that bond sale.
Over the past four years, the district has seen an upward trend in graduation rates, with four consecutive years of rates above the state average. Most recently, D60 had a graduation rate of 82.6%. The state average is 81.9%. Additionally, the district’s dropout rate most recently hit 1.8%, a drastic reduction from 3.8% in 2015.
The school board, with Voss's leadership, also had to maneuver through a series of tough decisions with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I have always said no matter what I do in the future, this will always be the toughest job I will ever have. But it has also been the most rewarding.”
Voss serves on the Colorado State University Pueblo Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is currently the director of development at Sangre de Cristo Community Care.
School board elections will be on Nov. 2 this year. Judge Dennis Maes’s term also ends in November.
Voss said that as of now, he has not decided to run for a different elected office. His concern, he said, is where he can make the most positive impact.
“Above all else, this community needs school board members who strive to serve because they truly care about kids and have a passion to better their lives through education,” Voss said.