October 7, 2020

Chris Talbot

School District:Springport

How long have you lived in your district?

64 years

Have you received any endorsements?

No , uncontested on ballot.

Are you an incumbent?


Why do you want to be a school board member?

I have invested myself in Springport Schools for many years , as a graduate of Springport High , and a retired employee serving 25 years. I have grand children in the district

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

Every student deserves to receive a quality education. Springport School District is able to provide a quality education and also provide a safe and friendly atmosphere.

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

It would be wonderful if we could return to students interacting in the classrooms , with the option of students continuing to use virtual technology as needed when sick , or extra help is needed. It would help students immensely if schools could continue to receive the additional funding that has been provided due to the coronavirus. Additional funding would provide smaller classrooms and the ability for schools to provide additional virtual lessons

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

All parents , students , and families should always feel welcome to provide ideas and voice concerns to teachers , administrators and board members.

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

No finances were used.

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

Keep children safe , provide quality education , keep the district financially stable.

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

The evaluation process needs evaluating! It’s just crazy to base evaluations on student progress that relies on testing of students. Students , backgrounds and communities are so diverse that standardized testing is not a one size fits all solution.
The State should provide financial stability and equality to all districts. It should allow schools to provide diverse and individualized curriculum. The State should provide additional funding for schools to employ counselors to work with students who are suffering from stress and depression.

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 biggest challenge will be to educate. Many students do not have internet access , and parents are not able to reach effectively at home.

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

An age old question , butI believe the answer is not to prioritize , but balance. Schools need to pay good teachers and employees well to keep them. Schools also have to spend money to have safe transportation , and safe and clean schools. Athletics and the arts keep the students , upon which our funding relies.

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

Standardized tests should be a tool to guide teachers. With schools of choice , and the media , students will attend the best schools , which will provide more funding to the better schools which will allow them to prosper.

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 like to see more mech tech , agricultural and manufacturing classes offered.

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

This was discussed at length this past year. How can anyone be sure of another’s state of emotional health on a daily basis. Not even spouses or parents can be sure of this. Other than providing resources that students and staff can use , there is no way to monitor this. The state should provide districts with financial aid to provide counselors and or support groups for students and staff.

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

Again , counselors would help troubled students. Districts must ask administrators to maintain discipline rules equally and rigorously.

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

Special education students need both individualized attention and need to be included in student activities. Our district excels in this area.

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

This is something that we must all continue to achieve.

Any other information you want to include or share?