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    2020 School Board Candidates

    South Lake Schools

October 4, 2020

Vickie Brockman Hall

Pronouns:She/Her
School DistrictSouth Lake Schools
City:Lathrup Village

How long have you lived in your district?

2 years current; 15 years prior

Have you received any endorsements?

No

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I want to impart my educational knowledge and skill of collaboration to build an education model to meet students where they are in their level of learning, with the ability to catapult them to the next level during these unprecedented times.

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

Its means to me that a quality public education is a civil right for citizens regardless of race or background, etc. Its a means by which all stakeholders can collaborate and have a voice in the direction and impact a school district can have on students and as well the body of educators, which includes teachers and administrators. For Southfield District, it means to be transparent in policy development, education strategies, employee/labor relations engagement and student achievement.

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

Schools would mirror institutions of learning that are safe/clean, and of a diverse model for learning. The model could be hybrid in nature and include both in person and online learning. Students would understand and model safe learning techniques, which would include methods of protection that would limit exposure to possible viruses. Built into the model would be a social component that would allow students the opportunity to socialize with peers in a safe environment. Lastly, the model would include the input of parents/guardians to ensure a collaborative partnership.

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

They are all valued stakeholders and should be involved to the extent possible in decisions that impact the district and their student(s). This can be done through personal presentation or through organizations such as the PTA, and student body organizations, etc. who could function as a conduit to present issues to the board for discussion, consideration and adoption.

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

Family/Friends

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

Higher student achievement goals; building relationships with higher education institutions for broader learning; Analyze data for purpose of continuous improvement.

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

Financial support; evaluation tools; collaboration on education strategies.

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?

Ensuring effective learning; student/teacher engagement; the district will need to be diligent in safety precautions which includes thorough sanitation and distancing.

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

Spending geared to increase educational resources including learning, emotional and mental well being; competitive salaries for educators.

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

They should be a tool used to gauge the retention of learned education materials and provide some guidance on how educational strategies should be focused on areas of deficiencies and enhanced on areas of success.

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 would make changes based on the data paying close attention to the data that pertains to student achievement.

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

The district has a responsibility in supporting the mental and emotional health/wellbeing of both students and staff. This can be accomplished by ensuring that professional staff are available and that their presence is known within the district; the district could subscribe to a professional service that provides wellness ( as an option mind wellness) that provides an outlet to address issues of mental and emotional well being.

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

The district should enforce adopted discipline rules and policies with fidelity and consistency. Discipline issues should be dealt with swiftness as to avoid any potential escalation. There should be programs in place that assist students with conflict resolution.

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

Address needs for effective resources that contribute to successful learning (meet the student at their level of learning in order to increase to the next level); garner partnerships with organizations that can provide educational/outreach assistance; listen to the needs of parents and guardians to ensure all needs are met for the student.

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

Developing educational strategies that align to the success of every student. In cases where data is available use it as a guide to guide equity and measure the success of learning models for all.

Any other information you want to include or share?

October 4, 2020

Jamie Williams

Pronouns:She/Her
School DistrictSouth Lake Schools
City:St. Clair Shores

How long have you lived in your district?

11 years

Have you received any endorsements?

No

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I want to be able to make a diffrence in my district

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

Education justice means that every student is getting the same quality instruction.

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

Keeping class sizes small and still allowing virtual school within the district

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

Parents students and families need to be able to have their voices heard and be able to vote on big decisions happening in the district

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

None

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

My top priorities are keeping class sizes small, getting students back to class safely and as soon as possible, and strengthing the new elementary changes

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

I dont have any

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?

Challenges of keeping children social distanced- I think the class sizes should remain small when they are allowed face to face

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

I dont have an answer for that

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

Standardized tests should not be a huge role but used as another tool among many to gauge where a student is

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 would implement more technology in every class

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

The district needs to have counselors accessible which they have and they have done a great job reaching out to families

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

There should be a zero tolerance for bullying and violence

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

I cant answer that

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

I cant answer that

Any other information you want to include or share?

October 4, 2020

Renard Morey-Greer

Pronouns:He/Him
School DistrictSouth Lake Schools
City:Saint Clair Shores

How long have you lived in your district?

10 years

Have you received any endorsements?

South Lake Education Association

Are you an incumbent?

Yes

Why do you want to be a school board member?

To ensure South Lake students receive equitable learning opportunities and a high level public education.

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

Justice is generally defined as fairness, and in the context of my district, educational justice means providing equitable and fair learning opportunities for all students regardless of their status. Educational justice also means identifying ways to eliminate unfairness and inequality in our system of public education.

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

Schools would be well funded and the funding levels would be specific to meet the ACTUAL needs of the students. This is important as the public health crisis we face has put a spotlight on the lack of resources and struggles faced by so many families and students.

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

All stakeholders should be involved in decision-making, however, our district should always provide opportunities for stakeholders to be involved in way that is both comfortable for the stakeholder and meets their specific needs. Not all stakeholders have the time to attend every board meeting, so there should always be a variety of outlets open and available for families to be involved. This could include hosting annual forums, surveys, different events or just having an info email address where comments can be sent.

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?

Equity, Achievement and Student Growth

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

Funding, Funding and Special Education Funding

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?

The main challenge is to have instructional opportunities in place that allow for high-level instruction that is comprehensive enough to meet the diverse needs of our students and fluid enough to allow for transitions between face-to-face, hybrid and virtual, if necessary. To keep staff safe, we must anticipate their safety needs while staying engaged with them and allow for their input in any safety plan that we develop.

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

Teacher salaries, programs that increase equity and growth, and capital improvements that can enhance classroom instruction.

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

The only role they play is the role the state and other institutions allow them to play. Our district is focused on growth.

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 would provide more after-school programs that could help reinforce what is learned each day in the classroom and add more project-based learning opportunities. I would also provide more opportunities for standardized test preparation, particularly at the higher grade levels, since they are still utilized as a means to evaluate students.

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

Public schools are a public good and therefore, our district should always have resources to support students and staff with their emotional health and well-being.

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

Discipline policies should be focused on meeting the real needs of students. They should be specific enough to make clear to students and families what is expected in our schools and classrooms, but flexible enough to ensure their application is equitable, fair and will serve to actually deter or prevent negative behaviors. This is a challenge but it can be done if the focus is on the real needs of students and the variables that contribute to disciplinary issues.

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

Equity, increased funding and resources

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

Our District passed a resolution and will be conducting a comprehensive review of policies and procedures using an equity lens.

Any other information you want to include or share?

October 4, 2020

Joseph D. Fresard

Pronouns:He/Him
School DistrictSouth Lake Schools
City:St. Clair Shores

How long have you lived in your district?

7 years

Have you received any endorsements?

South Lake Educational Association, SCS Democratic Club

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I want to ensure that the district is run effectively and responsibly, and we do the best we can for our students.

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

We should strive to give students the same opportunities regardless of their race or socioeconomic class.

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

I don’t think I would completely reimagine schools, but I would support changes such as more support for teachers.

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

School board members should be proactive in soliciting opinions of students parents and families.

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

South Lake Education Association

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

Lessen racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps, improve reading proficiency, improve math proficiency

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

Same as above

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?

Many students have a hard time with distance learning and there may be some additional truancy issues. Still, we should avoid gathering together in schools as long as manageable.

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

Funds for staff who work directly with students should be prioritized, unnecessary building expansions should not

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

Many are required by law and we do need to perform well on them because we are judged on them, but they should not be the main priority

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 would not change the curriculum

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

The district should be responsive and supportive of both, especially the students’

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

We should work to understand the reason for misbehavior and implement restorative justice programs

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

Making sure that students with special needs are given the resources to help them succeed and that we identify special needs early on

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

I think it is extremely important, in this district especially

Any other information you want to include or share?

Nothing comes to mind