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    2020 School Board Candidates

    Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District

October 7, 2020

Amy Morales

Pronouns:She/her
School District:Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District
City:Bridgeport

How long have you lived in your district?

Personally – 40 yrs , Family – 60+ yrs.

Have you received any endorsements?

None at this time

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

In order to have CURRENT Parent Representation; I am invested in Bridgeport Spaulding Communities and would like to be a part of the team that helps our children succeed.

What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?

Education Justice to me personally means that all children have the same opportunities without any hesitation or discrimination of any kind.
For Bridgeport Spaulding , I feel we need to enhance opportunities in our district. Provide more resources to all students.

If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?

Safe and Welcoming. I would want schools back to normalcy so that students want to return and parents don’t have to worry about health concerns.

Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?

Parents/Families should be given status updates before decisions are made. Everyone should be made aware of major issues that could impact everyone. Students should have their student body councils interact with administration on a regular basis.

Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?

Myself

What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?

Testing Levels , Tutoring and extra assistance for all , not just those that are considered Critical , and Graduation requirements

What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?

Meeting and Surpassing grade expectations at the elementary level , Graduation requirements , and extra curriculum to assist with post high school factors.

What challenges do you anticipate this school year to COVID and what do you think your school district must do to keep students & staff safe?

We need to get back to normalcy so we should continue with and keep all safety protocols. Enforce the rules for all , even athletics , but educate students as to why we are enforcing these safety rules.

What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?

The curriculum , and transportation should be top priorities , which I feel we are handling at this time. Our district is very good with both , so we should keep it as is.
I would like to see more Vocational opportunities for high schoolers within the district.

What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?

I feel we should focus on preparing the students at all grade levels for all testing. We should teach them what they are being tested on.

If you could have an impact on your school district’s curriculum , what changes would you make? What, if anything, would you keep the same?

Teach students what they are being tested on , focus on higher levels of education and work with ALL students. Even though a child is considered Average , right where they should be or Above Average , we should keep educating them to an even higher level. Never settle.
I feel the current virtual curriculum is doing it’s best at this time , but there is always room for improvement.

What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?

The district plays a huge factor but it starts with upbringing and home life for all. We should work on coping skills at a young age but coaches , staff , and students need parental/family support. As a Certified Family Medical Leave Specialist , I feel that everyone’s wellbeing and their personal health (mental/emotional/physical) is the top priority for success.

How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?

I feel discipline should be case specific , that the discipline should fit the issue accordingly. Obviously zero tolerance for issues that place others in harm’s way.
I feel rules should be kept and students should be held accountable for their actions. Teach responsibilities , expectations , and right from wrong at an early age so that they may succeed in the future.

What are your top priorities around special education in your district?

Having worked with Special needs for over 10 years , I feel these students and parents should have just as many resources as all of our students , if not more.
We need to work with the ISD and help our special needs students with every day life to prepare them for the world outside of our schools.

What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?

Bringing in unbiased people to the board , parents that are invested.
Really putting students first.

Any other information you want to include or share?

I have a high school student , an elementary student , and a future Bridgeport student (grandchild). I am invested in our community and have been volunteering for over a decade throughout Bridgeport. I currently coach at the high school and I am a former district employee , as well as being alumni.
As we did in the past , we need to succeed as a district for our children now and in the future.

October 4, 2020

Tammy Bieszke

Pronouns:She/Her
School DistrictBridgeport-Spaulding Community School District
City:Bridgeport

How long have you lived in your district?

54 years

Have you received any endorsements?

None

Are you an incumbent?

Yes

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I am a school board member and ranning in this election as well.

What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?

Very important to me and our children education.

If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?

Not good

Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?

Very important

Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?

Me

What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?

Education attendance diploma

What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?

High counts of student to graduate

What challenges do you anticipate this school year to COVID and what do you think your school district must do to keep students & staff safe?

Half in school half home and switch them.

What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?

We have a good budget

What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?

Very important

If you could have an impact on your school district’s curriculum , what changes would you make? What, if anything, would you keep the same?

Parents involved

What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?

High responsibilities

How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?

Yes

What are your top priorities around special education in your district?

Education and graduation

What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?

High

Any other information you want to include or share?

No

October 4, 2020

Natalie McLaurin-Johnson

Pronouns:She/Her
School DistrictBridgeport-Spaulding Community School District
City:Saginaw

How long have you lived in your district?

10 years

Have you received any endorsements?

Former State Representative Carl M Williams, 95th District

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

Want to see our educational status change. Testing scores are alarming low and want to see what is needed to change that so that our children in the district are receiving the best education possible.

What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?

Education justice means to mean finding and securing avenues that continually provide the best educational opportunities for our district. This means that we are finding innovative ways and solutions to education changes/challenges.

If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?

I believe that they will have better access to hygiene care such as sanitizing stations for students to sanitize their hands. Or making bathroom accessibility better with monitoring service for children to wash their hands with soap and water if hand sanitizer is not a choice/preference/concern.Maybe offering a sick waiting area for children waiting to be released home if there is not already one.

Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?

Providing input at scheduled
meetings/workshops, attending their child(ren) conferences and voicing concerns there, completing surveys to name a few.

Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?

Only me

What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?

Curriculum changes that align with state/federal testing; securing resources to offer good/best tutoring/mentoring opportunities for students; reviewing budgets that will allow for smaller teacher to student ratios for better education experience and safety.

What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?

Michigan-to provide lower test performing schools the resources to help students academically and in athletics; work with their struggling school districts not against them and ensure the fiscal year budget is maintaining education not slashing it.

What challenges do you anticipate this school year to COVID and what do you think your school district must do to keep students & staff safe?

Making sure our students are meeting the educational requirements is the biggest challenge I believe. Some families have barriers such as affordable internet and inability to teach their children because they may lack education skills and educational tools to do so. To keep the district safe, we need to follow what is being asked such as wearing a mask, keeping your hands clean and social distance as much as possible. If a case or suspected case arises, immediately put in the safety protocols by informing families and sending children/staff home to quarantine.

What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?

Staffing, infrastructure and tutoring/extracurricular activities for students including appropriating a budget for coaches; materials for teachers and students. Unnecessary positions/spending that is not beneficial to the school district.

What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?

I don’t have much say in how standardized tests should play in terms of the requirements of the state/federal government. I do believe that if our students are being tested on specific educational pieces, we need to structure the curriculum on what they will be tested on. I do not believe that preparing for a test a week or two ahead is going to resolve the low test scores in the district. We need to be teaching our students the information year round.

If you could have an impact on your school district’s curriculum , what changes would you make? What, if anything, would you keep the same?

Align the curriculum according to what is being tested by the state/federal government

What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?

They are key because a one size fit all approach doesn’t work for everyone including students with special needs. We have to strive to give students the best possible educational experience in which they enjoy attending school not hating it. I believe that sometimes you may have personalities that may clash between staff and students which can be stressful. Need to find ways to try and find a good fit that meet the needs to the students and teachers even if changes are made throughout the school year.

How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?

Our students are perfectly imperfect. This means to me that they are going to make mistakes and not so good choices. We need to find ways that address the problem and not punish without a chance to get it right. As long as it doesn’t propose significant harm to students and staff, I believe there is opportunity for us to align discipline that promotes guidance in the right direction in making better choices.

What are your top priorities around special education in your district?

To ensure students in special education are still achieving as those that are not in special education. Making sure resources are in place or available to those students that are struggling. Making sure curriculum is aligning with any state/federal government testing standards.

What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?

Well we have many different types of equity that includes race and health. In terms of education, we need to ensure that we have a open door for students to receive a quality education. No matter the student’s background or circumstances, no discrimination in receiving an education allowed. Even if it means we have to try different ways/paths for the student to get it.

Any other information you want to include or share?

I am a parent and I understand what it is like. However, we need to ensure that our children are getting a good education. They are the ones that I expect to take care of me one day. So, as a parent, let’s take care of them and impress upon them the importance of an education.