This article is part of an ongoing series at TownLift covering all candidates for the upcoming 2022 local election.
PARK CITY, Utah — Meredith Reed is running for the District 4 seat on the Park City School Board this year. Reed has lived in Park City for seven years; she and her family moved here after falling in love with the community during a two-year assignment with the Army in Utah.
When asked about her favorite part about Park City, Reed said she loves “small-town connections” with other community members. She also loves “how committed our community is to working together to ensure the best future possible” and the beautiful outdoor environment we enjoy here. Reed has three children currently enrolled in the Park City School District and is a small business owner and realtor.
If elected to the District 4 seat on the school board, Reed says the following about her first steps:
“It is important for the board to build trust across the spectrum of community stakeholders. That trust is built on clear communication and transparency and by acting in an open and deliberative way. As a member of the school board, I will work to build that trust with our community by following Utah’s open meeting laws and working closely with the district’s media relations spokesperson to develop and increase opportunities to engage with our broader community, and make certain that we all work together to accomplish what is best for our students.”
Reed is running on a platform she describes as “working for our students, supporting our educators and staff, and ensuring that we are providing a world-class learning environment across the district.” She emphasizes “open discussions, communication, truthfulness, equity, and management” as her primary methods for making this platform a reality when elected.
Commenting further about her background and qualifications, Reed said:
“I served as a chaplain in the Air Force, and I’ve worked for over twenty years as a project manager on several national programs with the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs focusing on public relations and strategic planning. From my team leadership experience working within government agencies, I understand the importance of communication between government and the community. Serving our country as an Air Force chaplain honed my listening skills, developed my intuitive abilities, and allowed me to help many people with challenging life issues.”
Reed is endorsed by Utah Parents for Teachers, a group of community members who support Utah educators. She is also a member of the Raise Your Hand Utah network, a grassroots, non-profit advocacy group working to improve Utah education through community engagement.