Earlier this week I provided questions to each of the Park City School Board candidates. The second response I received was from current School Board member Mandy Pomeroy.
1. Tell us about yourself. How will you help make the Park City School Board the best that it has ever been?
I am a Parent. I am an Educator. I am an Advocate. I am a former elementary school teacher and teacher of the year. I am a mother of three girls who go to school in the Park City School District. I served my community as PTO president at Jeremy Ranch Elementary for 3 years; I am the chair for the Red Apple Gala, the Park City Education Foundation’s flagship fundraiser which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars every year that stays in our community and funds over a hundred programs: our preschools, the arts classes, and after school care. I have worked in higher education and have volunteered at school weekly for many years. I am experienced, passionate and the only candidate with demonstrated commitment to the children, teachers, and administrators in the Park City School District. My efforts on the board will be directed to ensuring we follow laws and create transparency and better communication with families.
2. The majority of Park City families’ property taxes go to the Park City School District. Many of us have had our taxes triple over the last decade. How will you balance ensuring our educators are paid fairly while ensuring taxes are within residents’ means?
As a former teacher, I have a sincere understanding of the needs of our educators. As a full-time resident in Park City for nine years, I also understand the tax implications of living in one of the most expensive areas of the country. This year, I was able to go through the budget process while serving on the board. It is essential to understand all of the pieces involved in that process. As a board, we have opened salary negotiations a year early and increased the housing allowance for teachers and ESP’s.
3. Should the book Fun Home by Alison Bechdel be in the Treasure Mountain Junior High library. Why or why not?
I have not read this book so I cannot speak to it, but if a parent feels it’s inappropriate, there is a process in place to challenge it.
4. The school district has been involved in a number of controversies recently (mask mandates, child abuse, building permits, etc.). Do you think PCSD needs to change? If not, why not? If so, why?
We can always do better! Change will always be necessary to meet the needs of our changing district and community. I will commit to being flexible with that change and stand up for the needs of our teachers, parents, and students.
5. What is one thing you will deliver if elected to the school board?
I am committed to being a voice for all parents. We all want to be heard and know that our children are getting the best education they can. I will listen, and I will represent all constituents.
6. What’s the most impactful memory you have of when you were in elementary school?
My first-grade teacher was one of the most impactful people in my life. She took the time to get to know me and invested in my education. That was the year that books came to life and also the year I knew I wanted to become a teacher when I grew up. I did just that and became an elementary school teacher. My first-grade teacher went on to become an author, and it was an honor to use her books in my classroom, and now with my children.