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    2020 School Board Candidates

    Swartz Creek Community Schools

October 14, 2020

Jessica Lanave

Pronouns: she/her
School District:Swartz Creek Community Schools
City: Swartz Creek

How long have you lived in your district?

18 years

Have you received any endorsements?

Not from an organization

Are you an incumbent?

Yes

Why do you want to be a school board member?

My desire to serve my community in this capacity comes from years of participation with the schools in varying capacities along with my other community involvements. I have a passion for helping others. I know I have the knowledge, skills, and experience to continue to be a productive and engaged SC School Board Trustee helping our district grow and address challenges. People’s experiences with the Swartz Creek school district is important to me. I strive for individual and community collaboration, encouraging personal growth and interpersonal understanding.

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

To me, education justice means an equitable, supportive, engaging and accountable educational system (in a district/community). Specifically in our district that means to continue to (and improve upon) having a safe, secure and nurturing environment to help our students know they are cared about, supporting and respecting their differing learning styles and experiences. Additionally, it means continuing to practice/implement restorative justice practices. It means continuing to engage our community to inform and and be informed. It means continuing to help ensure our families have access food and other resources to have security (be it food/mental/emotional/physical) so that the lack of these doesn’t impede their learning and education experience.

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

I would possibly like to see the 4 modalities that we currently have for our district: Face-to-Face; Hybrid/Blended; Online only; Virtual Learning Center available to accommodate the varying needs of our students/families. I would like to have updated buildings and more availability of mental health specialists. I would like to have civic engagement with student groups, families, individuals and businesses. Mentorship programs, Volunteer programs, Community speakers, Free enrichment classes, Community programs- the schools being utilized for the benefit of the students, families and community day and night. I would like regular town hall meetings.

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

Not all decisions are made at the Board level, so other involvement impacts decisions that affect the district. I think parents have a variety of ways to be involved: volunteer to help teachers/schools/athletic teams; be involved with the PTO; communicate with the school board and superintendent, attend school board meetings; participate in town hall meetings, participate with district surveys. Students similarly can volunteer, be engaged with student council, attend school board meetings and communicate with school board members and administrators; complete surveys. Families, individuals can do the same. I think it’s important to collaborate and be understanding.

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

Jessica and Jim Lanave; Matt Assenmacher; Rhonda Guinazzo

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

1. Student Achievement- Continue with curriculum alignment, focus on literacy and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education with parent engagement to foster students’ academic success.
2. Education Environment- Have safe, secure schools; continue to upgrade our learning environments with the improvements supported in our 2018 bond proposal.
3. Culture-That when a students leaves our district (upon graduation or before) they have the CREEK values incorporated into their life, because it does affect how they treat themselves and others; that these values are continually practiced throughout the district from administration, teachers, support staff and students.

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

1. Continue to advocate for public education and funding for districts.
2. Additional funding and continued guidance to districts to help students and staff to stay healthy during this pandemic.
3. Advocate for funding for early childhood learning.

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 challenges of the varied impacts of different learning modalities, the level of engagement from students and their parents (impacting their child’s education), how our students connect (or don’t) with staff and each other, mental/emotional health issues for students and staff; disruptions in educating students and extracurricular activities. I think our district must continue to stay diligent with our safety protocols and communicating to staff, students, and families what must be done to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy. Our board and administrators need to continue to closely monitor COVID cases in our district and adjust our ECOL accordingly. Our district needs to continue to work closely with the Genesee County Health Department and take guidance from the GCHD and State agencies.

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

Priority:
Keeping our staff and students safe and healthy (physically, emotionally and mentally).
Technology so all students may be able to participate in learning.
Programs, training, initiatives that increase student learning and achievement.

Not prioritized :
Less of a priority is anything that does not help our students and staff to improve their learning and educational experience and contribute to their overall wellness. Because of CoVid-19, many student-involved activities are limited so funding for them is not a priority.

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

I think standardized tests play a role in gauging student progress and should be utilized along with other assessments (like STAR and DIBELS). Additionally, our district uses MTSS:

The Michigan Department of Education defines a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) as: “a comprehensive framework comprised of a collection of research-based strategies designed to meet the individual needs and assets of the whole child. MTSS intentionally interconnects the education, health, and human service systems in support of successful learners, schools, centers, and community outcomes. The five essential components of MTSS are inter-related and complementary. The MTSS framework provides schools and districts with an efficient way to organize resources to support educators in the implementation of effective practices with fidelity so that all learners succeed.”

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?

Our teachers do an outstanding job with our students at every level! Our district has a well balanced curriculum including AP classes, our students have access to the Genesee Career Institute, and dual enrollment. Our administrators have worked to align curriculum requirements throughout all grades. I would love to have everyone (students, staff, admin, board and families) in the district read “Have You Filled A Bucket Today” at the beginning of each year and discuss its message throughout the year. I would like every student in middle school to learn to swim (as part of gym). I would like every student to have a Personal Living class before they graduate. All three of these would have life long ramifications , helping our students have success skills in their life.

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

I believe it’s a great responsibility because mental and emotional health have a profound impact on physical health, behavior and ultimately what is taught and learned. Our district has been proactive in helping our staff have ACEs training and better understanding trauma and its effects on our students (and fellows). The utilization of MTSS is also used to assist our students and families.

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

Our school district utilizes restorative justice practices. I believe in personal responsibility, accountability, understanding and forgiveness.

It is very important that our staff and students are safe in our schools. We have added physical safety measures (entries) at our elementaries and will continue to update our buildings.

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

Helping families and students to identify needs, develop a plan and implement the plan. Continue to collaborate with the GISD and address needs as identified by our Special Education admin.

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

Equity within our district is impacted by everyone- the board, admin, staff, students and families. It is an ongoing process that will require honesty, acceptance and a willingness to change. My vision for the Swartz Creek Community Schools is to have a thriving school system and community rich in diversity of thoughts, experiences, people cohesively working together providing an education and sets of skills that allows people to go out into the world and be useful, productive, and open to the world and those they encounter because they had a safe, supportive, engaging education and community that they are/were part of in Swartz Creek.

Any other information you want to include or share?

I believe in being of service to others, helping them succeed and that education and people’s experiences as they are growing up is very important, presently and for years to come. I have, and appreciate, varied perspectives about our district. We may not always have the same opinion or view, however I have, and will, listen and do my best to understand the needs and desires of our district and community, to make decisions for our students, staff and community based on what is in their best interest. I had an astounding education growing up! Many people within the district made that possible. My skill set is well utilized in board work and I hope to contribute to others having a great education in Swartz Creek.

October 6, 2020

Carrie Germain

Pronouns:she/her
School District:Swartz Creek Community Schools
City:Swartz Creek

How long have you lived in your district?

39 years

Have you received any endorsements?

Not at this time

Are you an incumbent?

Yes

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I am running for re-election to the Swartz Creek School board because I believe that everything we do should center around and focus on students. This philosophy has remained the same since I became a school board member 13 years ago and it includes supporting our administrators, staff and families who nurture our students toward success. As parents and concerned citizens of the Swartz Creek community, it is our responsibility to advocate for a sound educational foundation for our children and support their potential for a bright, productive future.

As the mother of four Swartz Creek graduates and grandmother of five sweet grandchildren, family is, has and will always be everything. Now and in the future, I am committed to supporting your children and family. Thank you for your support on November 3rd!

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

On the road to educational justice, district leaders, teams and boards must proactively recognize who our students are, what they aspire to do, what they need to achieve those goals and what challenges they face educationally, socially, emotionally, nutritionally, etc. As we adopt curriculum, policies and budgets, we must also acknowledge the impact and importance of growing diversity in our community including ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, language, or physical, emotional and cognitive abilities.

Our district teams continue to proactively identify opportunities to support students who are at high-risk or are disadvantaged and they have participated in training to increase sensitivity and understanding. Our school board frequently discusses areas of opportunity such as food insecurity and access to technology and the internet and would benefit from similar training.

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

In a post-pandemic world, I envision remnants of our new normal with a continued focus on safety precautions and social distancing. This could result in fewer cases of contagious conditions such as the flu. If there is an outbreak of flu in the district, it may be possible for children to learn virtually without spreading infection or losing school time.

If there is a silver lining to this unprecedented time, students and their families had the opportunity to try alternate ways of learning. I believe some parents and students will have adapted to virtual learning and may prefer to continue it. It is possible that some students will progress beyond their peers and parents will request advancement to the next grade or honors classes. This could also happen for face to face/blended students who learned to work independently during the pandemic. Conversely, there will be students who may need extra support and resources to catch up to their classmates. High school students who have engaged in on-line learning may be more likely to complete college credits or participate in dual enrollment. Parent awareness, engagement and involvement may be at an all-time high. The flexibility district teams demonstrated as they quickly pivoted to virtual learning is a good indication of where there may be additional collaboration and multidisciplinary opportunities that will benefit our students in a post-pandemic world.

Finally, my hope is that our students, families and staff have grown closer and when they are all reunited in school, everyone will appreciate each other more than they ever have.

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

I support parent, student and family involvement in focus groups and committees. Our board includes a student board representative who provides valuable information and insights during board meetings. During and following the successful passage of our school bond, community volunteers participated in planning and project oversight. Most recently, in preparation for the new school year, polls were distributed to assess community preference for learning modalities followed by polls to ascertain student/family specific options. Going forward, I would like to solicit input from students and families regarding their learning experience during the pandemic.

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

My campaign is supported by personal funds

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

Over the next few years, areas of focus and educational goals for the district should include:
• Innovative curriculum alignment across all grade levels with instruction and initiatives that engage our students for academic and personal growth (k-12). Enhanced literacy and STEAM* focus (k-12) *Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math
• Expanded use of MTSS and ACEs training to support student centric interventions with professional development for administrators, educators and support staff.
• Completion of bond projects that support curriculum enhancements and student safety

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

State level priorities that directly or indirectly impact educational goals include:
• Adequate levels of foundation allowance or amount of money provided per student per year. ($8111 for 2019-2020) to support student achievement and growth objectives, and resources to support district staff.
• Support for development of assessments that evaluate student growth based on learning modality (face to face, blended and remote/virtual)
• Financial support to ensure safety for students and staff who attend school in person (e.g., masks, other PPE, hand sanitizer, disinfecting resources, etc.)

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?

In the face of a pandemic, Swartz Creek administrators and staff continue to work tirelessly to provide learning options that allow flexibility and prioritize safety for students and staff.

It is critical for students and families to have flexible learning options and resources that support academic growth and achievement in a safe environment. Swartz Creek offers families three learning options including face-to-face, blended and virtual learning, allowing the best choice for the student and their family needs. The district plan also provides equitable access for all students to educational, social and mental health services, food, technology and Wi-Fi/ internet access.

Swartz Creek administrators and staff are committed to a safe learning environment for students and staff. District teams have collaborated to develop preventive strategies including access to protective equipment, proper social distancing, access to handwashing and sanitizer, creative scheduling to reduce exposure and disinfection plans to reduce viral transmission and prioritize safety for students, families & district staff. District leadership is also committed to collaborating with county health officials for direction on COVID cases, contact tracing and quarantine recommendations. The district will abide by direction from the State of Michigan regarding pandemic phase changes. COVID-19 case data, student academic progress and school plan updates will be routinely reported to the Board of Education.

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

Top spending priorities:
• Continued investment in innovative curriculum strategies that support academic growth with a strong focus on literacy and STEAM education
• Access for all students to technology to support achievement and growth. This includes purchase of new devices, updates to or replacement of existing devices and learning platforms to support remote learning
• Investment in programs and tiered systems of support that allow district teams to assess students and customize interventions for to meet student academic, social and emotional needs
• Professional development for administrators, educators and support staff
• Competitive compensation, benefits and incentive systems for our talented administrators, educators and support staff
• Readily available personal protective equipment, physical barriers, hand sanitizer, disinfectants and resources to ensure a safe environment for students and staff
• Facilities, grounds and transportation maintenance and upgrades

What should not be a priority:
• Expenses that do not directly or indirectly positively influence children’s educational experience, physical and emotional wellbeing, social development or support district staff who serve our children.

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

Standardized tests are required by the state to provide benchmarks and outcomes for student achievement and growth. Our talented district teams also collaborate throughout the year to administer periodic assessments that gauge student growth. Swartz Creek district staff use MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) screening tools to proactively identify students who struggle with academics and/or behavior and provide strategies and intervention to support student growth and success. Our district, which has been a pioneer in MTSS and in previous tools, is often asked by other school districts across the state to share their experience and positive impact on 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?

During my 13 years on the Swartz Creek school board, I have had the honor and privilege to work with others to impact many curricular improvements for our students. These include:
• Continued focus on literacy and STEAM* (k-12) *Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math
• Innovative curriculum alignment across all grade levels with instruction and initiatives that engage our students for academic and personal growth k-12
• Expanded advanced placement course options
• Expansion of the fine arts programs, including music, choir, drama and a variety of art programs.
• Expanded technical and skilled trade program opportunities
• Availability of diverse foreign language options, beginning in elementary school and expanding in middle and high school.
• Expanded dual enrollment options for students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously

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

Swartz Community Schools recognizes the need for mental and emotional health and wellbeing services and support for students and staff. The district continues to invest in social workers who work closely with students across the community. During the pandemic, students, families and staff have experienced a quick pivot to virtual learning, the stress of job loss and financial concerns, the challenges of balancing work and in-home learning and reliable access to food. During Michigan’s Safer-at-Home orders, district social workers often visited high risk students at their homes, masked and socially distanced.

Swartz Creek has invested in professional development and training for staff that focuses on mental and emotional needs of staff and students. Additionally, district teams have invested in training for ACEs (Adverse Childhood Events) and in becoming a trauma informed school district. This training assists district personnel in working with children who have experienced violence, abuse, or other life stressors with a goal of positively improving behavior and supporting students on their life journey.

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

As a board member, one of the many responsibilities I take very seriously is our role for ensuring the physical and emotional safety of all students. The school board establishes policies to define student discipline related to policy violations. These policies describe disciplinary options including in-school suspension, out of school suspensions and hearings before the board of education.

When faced with student discipline involving violence, bullying or other behavior issues that could result in suspension or expulsion, our district employs restorative justice practices that include conferences and circles at the request of a victim with the student under discipline, their parents and school staff. During these conferences sharing and discussion are facilitated with a goal of understanding, acknowledgement, forgiveness and agreement about consequences. Where warranted and allowed, this is intended to replace negative impact of suspension or expulsion on student learning and positively influence the course of a young person’s life.

School safety is of utmost priority to our school district. To protect staff and students from intruders, Swartz Creek has enhanced school safety by adding dual entries at our elementary buildings with similar upgrades scheduled for the middle and high school over the next year.

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

Top priorities for special education in the Swartz Creek district include:
• Timely student evaluation to identify student needs, eligibility and develop a plan
• Use of MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) screening tools to proactively identify students who struggle with academics and/or behavior and provide strategies and intervention to support student growth and success
• Availability of certified special education professionals to support student needs

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

This is an area that must be at the forefront of school district planning, training, policy development and open dialogue-all with a goal of shifting the culture.
Equity in education and society is a topic facing school leaders, educators, school boards and communities today and will continue to be a priority for several years to come. Our district recognizes that students have individual needs for learning, growth and success and is focused on innovative programs and interventions to meet those needs. The pandemic has uncovered, and highlighted disparities faced by our students and their families. The district has worked diligently to ensure equitable access for all students to educational, social and mental health services, food, technology and Wi-Fi/ internet access.

Over the past decade, Swartz Creek has invested in professional development and training that shifts focus and awareness from uniform solutions to a student centric approach that supports educational, social, nutritional, emotional and physical health needs. Our administrators and educators work tirelessly to assess student needs and match them with individualized solutions for success. Use of tools such as MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support), training in ACEs (Adverse Childhood Events) and work toward becoming a trauma informed school, have had measurable impact on student growth and improvements in student behavior. Going forward, I would advocate for expanding these exceptional efforts and inviting stakeholders across the district, community and student body to openly and honestly exchange experiences, challenges, and solutions.

Any other information you want to include or share?

My best friend and husband, Rick, and I have lived in the Swartz Creek community for over 39 years where we chose to raise our four wonderful children-Aaron, Amanda, Austin and Amelia-all Swartz Creek graduates. We were active in school activities with our children for over 20 years including scouting, parent organizations, band, fundraising and athletics.

I have over 40 years of experience in business, as a pharmacist and as a volunteer and board member for various community groups, organizations and professional associations. Service on these boards and leadership roles have provided me with a clear understanding of a board member’s role and responsibility.

Over the past 13 years, it has been my honor and privilege to serve our students, the district and community as a member of the Swartz Creek board of education. This is a responsibility that I take seriously with a goal of positively affecting the academic achievement and future success of our children.
Thank you for your support on November 3rd!

October 4, 2020

Michael Ovsenik

Pronouns:He/Him
School DistrictSwartz Creek Community Schools
City:Swartz Creek

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?

The Swartz Creek community voted to pass a historic millage in 2018 – the first since 1970 – that inspired me to get involved. I helped put out yard signs and talked to community members about how important the Bond was. I wanted to participate more so I joined the Bond Oversight Committee.

I felt that the Board should have some representation of working parents – people with children who will be in school for a while. Our experience as a working family will inform every decision I make. The recent decision to restructure our elementary schools into upper and lower elementaries pushed me to run for school board – it felt like we weren’t heard at all.

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

Our district is a melting pot. We have people from diverse socio-economic, neurodiverse, religious, and racial backgrounds. For us, it means making sure every child in the district receives the education they need specifically for them. It means all students being aware of diversity and how to treat others.

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

We need to bring our school systems out of the 1950s. Online school is so hard for working families and single parents. School systems need to bring high-quality online systems up with solutions for children who can’t have parents at home to help them.

Volunteering in the school shouldn’t only be for stay at home parents – opportunities should be easier for all parents and grandparents. School parties and volunteering opportunities should be available earlier in the day and later in the day so working parents can figure it out. School events should take place after 5pm or on weekends so people can make it.

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

Parents should be involved as much as they can at the ground level – seeing what happens in their schools by volunteering or just coming in and talking to teachers and staff. Once they get that experience it is much easier to talk to people in leadership about what is going on.

Families should try to watch or at least listen to school board meetings, especially ones where important decisions are made. Send email or call local board members. It is very hard getting through to entrenched members but it can be done. If necessary, run for board – like I am.

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

Just myself

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

1. Our main goal for Swartz Creek Schools is to make sure parents and students have a voice in School Board decisions. As a working parent of two elementary students – my children will be in SCCS for the next 13 years – I understand what working families are going through. Too often in the past, board decisions have been made that ignored the will of the constituents – making life a lot harder (and sometimes more expensive) for parents and students in the district.

While the Administration staff are well-qualified and experienced, we need Board Members that will ask for data, trends, and examples. Every board vote should be backed up with data-driven decisions.

Board members should be prepared to explain why they make any decision. We understand that workgroup meetings happen, but most citizens do not have time to spend watching or attending daytime meetings while they are working. If elected, I would make sure to explain decisions where possible – either during the meeting or in a public blog / Facebook page. Transparency is important.

Along with transparency, parents and constituents expect two-way communication. Countless times I have heard from other parents that Board members ignored their email or other attempts for contact. If elected, I would maintain a commitment to responding to communication within 24 hours during regular business days. I will ask for comments on very important issues on Facebook and a blog. Social media is useful and should not be ignored.

2. The COVID19 pandemic has put our schools in an unprecedented situation. They are charged with the safety of children and staff when they are at school or extracurricular activities. With the Michigan legislature asking School Boards to review their plans every month, we need people on the Board who will ask questions and have current experience with children in our schools.

3. The Millage that was passed was a historic moment for Swartz Creek as a community. Voters chose to invest in our schools, staff, and students. I would work hard to make sure our Bond investment is well-spent and finished to ensure a great future for our students and staff.

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

1. Ensure funding per student is more equal across all schools in the state of Michigan

2. Create more funding for schools for wellness. My wife is a paraprofessional and it is very hard for them to manage students with special needs and students who just need a break.

3. Focus on reading. Reading is the most important skill a student can learn and helps with all other skills.

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 COVID19 pandemic has put our schools in an unprecedented situation. They are charged with the safety of children and staff when they are at school or extracurricular activities. With the Michigan legislature asking School Boards to review their plans every month, we need people on the Board who will ask questions and have current experience with children in our schools.

Our district must:

Keep parents informed
Keep staff informed
Maintain safe practices
Ask all children to wear a mask no matter what grade
Reduce the opportunity for transmission by canceling unnecessary activities

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

Our schools are old and every time I have been in to see my children at school (before the pandemic) I noticed things that were falling apart or broken. Our schools desperately need more in the facilities budget to bring us out of 1950s buildings and into the 20th century.

I would not prioritize as highly spending on extracurriculars or athletics. During this time when our budgets may be slashed we need to make sure the most important activities get funded.

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

Standardized tests should be administered to make sure students are making progress, but we should recognize they don’t work for a percentage of our students and should have other ways to measure. It should definitely not be the only way of measuring 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 feel we do well on reading and STEAM – I would focus a bit more on state, national, and world history in our social studies classes as students need to know where we came from and where we could go.

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

Mental and emotional health should be a top priority for our district, especially during this pandemic. There are too many students who slip through the cracks, even when we do our best. There just aren’t enough staff to spend time one-on-one with students. More funding to put more aides in the schools and more social workers could help.

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

Our students and staff should always feel safe in our schools. If there are issues then they need to be addressed with parents and the student. If a student needs more help so they stop acting out, we need to be able to provide it.

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

We should work to make it as easy as possible for parents and students to obtain a special education classification if necessary. Often times the parents or caretaker can’t attend meetings because of work, lack of transportation, or other issues. We need to work around those issues and meet people where they are if necessary.

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

We need to make it easier for parents in our district who are socioeconomically challenged. Oftentimes they can’t make it to meetings, can’t look over notes from school, or take calls from staff because they’re working or the phone number changed. We need to meet people where they are and make it easier.

Any other information you want to include or share?

Thank you! Please visit my website or Facebook page:

http://michaeloswartzcreek.wordpress.com/

http://www.facebook.com/Michael-Ovsenik-for-Swartz-Creek-School-Board-106818847771500