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    2020 School Board Candidates

    Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools

October 6, 2020

Todd W. Miller

Pronouns:he/him
School District:Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools
City:Flint

How long have you lived in your district?

25 years

Have you received any endorsements?

N/A

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

It is my goal to represent our Carman-Ainsworth community to ensure the voices of all students, parents, graduates, professionals, residents, and other stakeholders are heard.

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

My background in vocational education supports my interest in ensuring that we meet the needs of students requiring and desiring education in the trades both within our school district, and in collaboration with Genesee Career Institute. Having worked with diverse student and professional populations throughout my career, my second passion is to ensure that Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools is able to educate staff and students in Anti-Biased and Anti-Racist practices, utilizing the insight of current employees as well as those of BIPOC professionals from outside of the district.

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

I would need additional access to reputable and research-based data sources to successfully answer this question.

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

All stakeholders should have a voice in the decisions within the school district. Their thoughts, feelings, priorities, and needs should be sought using regular surveys and open forums designed to give people a platform to share their perspectives without fear of retaliation or judgement.

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

N/A

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

Social Justice including diversity, equity, and inclusion
Access to vocational training as there is a shortage of workers in the skilled trades

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

These are the same as my local priorities.

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?

I believe that we will continue to see challenges related to COVID in terms of enforcing safety measures, communicating to families, and educating our students. All issues will need to be addressed and readdressed frequently as new information and data from reputable sources becomes available. Plans must be developed, but flexibility is going to be key when (not if) plans need to be adjusted.

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

Safety – both physical and emotional/mental
Academic Excellence
Fine Arts

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

I don’t believe that standardized tests are going to go away anytime soon. I think every effort should be made to ensure the most equitable testing experience and environment for the students of CACS.

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?

I do not currently have sufficient information to provide an answer to this question.

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

It is the responsibility of the school district to care for the whole child, including social emotional learning. The same is true for staff. Resources should be provided to ensure that care is trauma-informed and available to all.

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

Improving the culture of mutual respect within the buildings throughout the district is the first step toward having a preventive strategy regarding discipline instead of a reactive strategy.

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

Providing appropriate special education services and supports isn’t just our moral duty, it is a legal obligation. My priority is to make sure that the district is following legal mandates and actively seeking to identify students who need programming at an early age while utilizing the full continuum of services from RTI to 504 Plan to an IEP.

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

Having worked with diverse student and professional populations throughout my career, my second passion is to ensure that Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools is able to educate staff and students in Anti-Biased and Anti-Racist practices, utilizing the insight of current employees as well as those of BIPOC professionals from outside of the district. It is my goal to represent our Carman-Ainsworth community to ensure the voices of all students, parents, graduates, professionals, residents, and other stakeholders are heard.

Any other information you want to include or share?

October 4, 2020

Waymond M. Beavers

Pronouns:He/Him
School DistrictCarman-Ainsworth Community Schools
City:Flint

How long have you lived in your district?

6 years

Have you received any endorsements?

No

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I am compelled to run for the open seat because of my firm conviction and belief in the value of education. Education is the key to improve the your way of life.

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

Education justice means that everyone has the same opportunity to an enriched education regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, and/or ethnicity .

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

We will ensure there is a multi-layered protocols to maintain safety for all students, support staff, teachers, and administrators.

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

There is an conduit with school board meetings and administrators to relay issues and concerns.

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

None

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

College Readiness, Proficient in Reading, Proficient in Mathematics

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

College Readiness, Proficient in Reading, Proficient in Mathematics

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?

A well developed Covid-19 Preparedness Program-multi-layered protocols

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

To ensure we have well qualified teachers-that teachers are paid what they worth.

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

Standardized tests should still be used to monitor the growth of our students.

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?

A continued focus on math and sciences. To ensure everyone has the same opportunity to read at the highest level.

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

It is necessary for everyone to monitor each other’s emotional health/wellbeing. Our responsibility to escalate to correct personnel.

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

Continue our process we have in place in our subcommittee to listen to each situation individually.

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

Ensure all have the same opportunities for education.

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

Carman-Ainsworth has programs to train and educate all on equity and diversity.

Any other information you want to include or share?

None

October 4, 2020

James JOhnson

Pronouns:He/Him
School DistrictCarman-Ainsworth Community Schools
City:Flint

How long have you lived in your district?

20 Years

Have you received any endorsements?

Carman-Ainsworth School Board

Are you an incumbent?

Yes

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I desire to be a Board Member in order to provide an unbias view of support to the districts children when it comes to programs & policies. I also desire to support the superintendent as he/she leads the district in a growing & positive direction.

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

I can not prove you with an in-depth answer at this time.

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

Until our nation learns how to reduce the infection rate of infection, I envision our schools at a consistent hybrid state for a long time.

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

I believe that the voices of the Family’s, parents and students should be heard and respected. When the Superintendent and the board makes their decision, both should considers the view of all the stakeholders.

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

No one.

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

1: Third grade reading initiatives.
2: Diverse literature in the classroom
3: Aligning the correct teachers in the correct classroom

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

1:How to we receive funding from the many unfunded State mandates.
2: How can each schools receive equable funding based on its need. this should include the specials needs other high risk programs.
3: How can Michigan collectively improve it test scores especially children entering into the thirds grade.

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?

I believe that our challenge would be the required distance that must be kept and the mask wearing of out k-5 grades

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

I believe that more funding should be spent on securing our schools.

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

I thing that it should be used as a baseline and not as a bases of funding or state shame.

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?

I believe that curriculum should proved a trial period of all programs because they are too expensive and many times is not a good fit for the district.

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

I do believe that the district plays a huge part in the of the whole child. We truly needs some type of Family/School support alliances.

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

We are practicing the Multi-Tiered System Of Support. I feel that this provides may avenues of redirection

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

I feel that one of our top priorities with in our district is to provide our stall with a clearer understanding of how we handle special education when it comes to discipline per state mandated requirements.

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

I due believe that our district has always had a balance if equity. We proved a platform for all groups and individuals to express themselves and also to share their view and beliefs with other group.

Any other information you want to include or share?