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Stuart Adams, jack-of-all-trades, seeks election to school board

Julie Sutor

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of profiles of the six Summit school board candidates. On Sunday, read about the campaign of Copper Mountain resident Ruth Hertzberg.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit School District Board candidate Stuart Adams has worn many hats in his life. He has spent time as a systems engineer on NASA projects and has been the owner of a small printing business, a telecommunications consultant, a sales representative, a computer programmer, a construction worker, a Civil War re-enactor and a youth basketball coach.

According to Adams, his most rewarding hat has been the one he’s worn for the past eight months as a member of the school board.

Adams was appointed to the board earlier this year to fill a vacancy. He joins five other candidates this fall in the race for four open seats.

“The past eight months have been really exciting on-the-job training,” he said. “I know what we’re trying to accomplish, I know what we’re looking for in our superintendent, I know where I fit into it all. Everything I’ve read since January has been about education.”

As a member of the board, Adams has relished the opportunity to draw on his broad experiences. When the district sought bids to improve food service at the schools and needed to write Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Adams knew exactly what to do. During his time with Boeing, he bid on a $1.2 billion RFP for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

He plans to start attending facilities meetings, hoping to provide helpful insight as a former construction worker.

Before his appointment to the board, Adams was very active in the Parent Teacher Student Organization, where he established the high school’s academic wall of fame – one of his proudest accomplishments.

“Before you get to all the athletic trophies, which are great, you’ve got to realize that the first reason people walk into that building is academics. We’ve got all these people in honor societies. We’ve got to celebrate that.”

Having lived in the Washington, D.C., area for many years before moving to Summit County, Adams said he got a taste of how good a school could be. In the politically charged, well-educated, competitive environment of the capital, he witnessed a variety of educational strategies and their results.

“My son attended the Thomas Jefferson magnet school. The kids there have a sense of their future – “where can I go, and what can I do’- the sky’s the limit.”

Adams said he is pursuing that same level of excellence in Summit schools.

“The state says, “Here’s what’s good enough.’ Well, “good enough’ is generally never good enough,” Adams said. “CSAP? Yeah, fine. But we’ll do better than that.”

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at

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