Although not new to the school board, Donavan is still passionate about education
by Bob Kennemer
LA VETA — Ed Donovan and his wife Deb lived part-time in La Veta from 2000-2010, and then full-time beginning in 2010. The couple, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, was “looking for and found a beautiful, quiet place in the mountain west.” Donovan says the reasons they stay are, “environmental beauty, creative people, outdoor opportunities.”
Although Donovan only claims three part-time jobs, which are: the La Veta RE-2 Board of Education, membership on the Executive Committee of the Center for Disease Control’s National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives, and membership on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative; he and his wife Deb also are the proprietors of the Deerprint Wine Bar and Bistro in La Veta.
Donovan has an extensive background in education, with 38 years in public education at the college level.
When asked about the status of RE-2 schools, Donovan exclaims, “La Veta schools are excellent and set apart by leadership and faculty working hard to become great.”
Just into his second term as RE-2 board president, Donovan has strong and clear goals for La Veta’s students, that “All, and I mean all, students graduate prepared to be life-long learners and productive citizens. We will achieve our goals by focusing on preparation of the whole child using measurable objectives for student outcomes and setting high expectations for students, employees and the BOE.”
When addressing concerns pertaining to La Veta schools Donovan says, “My primary concern for La Veta Schools is the same concern that I have for all public schools in Colorado, namely that public support (funding, prioritization, teacher preparation, facilities, focus on the future, etc.) is inadequate to prepare all Colorado children for the 21st century.”