The Adams County School District 50 school board welcomed two new board members during a special meeting and ceremony on Nov 21. Taking their seats for the first time, Joseph Davidek and Ryan McCoy experienced their first board meeting, just one of many more to come over the next four years.
Both longtime district residents and graduates of Westminster High School, Davidek and McCoy are rounding out a board made up entirely of WHS grads. Davidek, who is also the public announcer for Westminster High School sporting events and a trademark paralegal, has two sons who grew up in the district. He’s thought about doing some sort of service to the community for a while and decided this year was the best time. Davidek said while on the board he’s hoping to bring a community-feel back to the district.
“When I was in school there was a high sense of pride within in the district. Our schools weren’t taking a backseat to any other district,” he said. “I’m hoping to return to the glory days that the district had a few decades ago and bring back a sense of community to the school.”
Davidek does not consider himself a politician, and admits although he’s excited about his new endeavor, he has a bit of apprehension being thrust into completely new world. He says although he’s got a lot to learn, he’s prepared to listen and face issues without bias and prejudice.
“I’m going to be brutally honest on the board and that may not sit well with people, but that’s how I’m going to be,” he said. “I’ve lived in the district pretty much my whole life and care a lot about the district.”
McCoy’s decision to run for a board director came with the urging of fellow district residents who wanted him to take an active part in the district. As the assistant director of the Foundation and Communication Faculty at Front Range Community College, McCoy has spent many years in education and always knew he would someday run for a school board.
“I’ve always been involved in politics and education, so as an educator I can wear that political hat,” McCoy said. “Not everyone likes to be involved in anything political, but I enjoy it, and I could be that champion for the district.”
Going into his director position, McCoy said his first goal is to listen and gain a perspective of the whole picture. He said it’s important to have conversations with the community, staff, faculty and administration and be engaged in order to develop a vision for the district. He plans on being approachable and available to anyone in the district willing to have a conversation.
“My biggest goal is to re-engage the community as a large into the education process,” he said. “And it’s difficult because we are changing our culture. I want the whole entire community to see that education is the pathway to a purposeful life.”