October 4, 2020

Frank Raines III

School DistrictFarmington Public School District
City:Ann Arbor

How long have you lived in your district?

20 yrs

Have you received any endorsements?

Those are still coming. I’ve had an interview with one group, NO decision has come forth.

Are you an incumbent?


Why do you want to be a school board member?

Education is important to me. My two darling daughters graduated from F.P.S.
This will be one way of giving back to the school that Proudly gave me two Graduates from F. H. S. and they both are doing very well earning their Graduates Degrees.

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

Justice, means EQUAL. Thus, everyone must be given a fair and dutiful education learning and practical application to obtain the knowledge necessary to be productive and knowledgeable to succeed in life and in a career.

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

We will be looking at many empty classrooms with a shadow of students not learning in a practical fashion as virtual learning is truly robbing our students from all the true practical knowledge that is the crown of their LEARNING.

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

I strongly believe that families should “ALL” play an active roll in the process of our students making application towards their livelihood. If the parents do not take a serious, or loving guardian does not play a significant role, how would they truly know the seriousness of what’s truly happening within their educational lives.

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

My campaign is being self supported.

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

1. Having quality Educators in the classroom;
2. Having a serious and sincere staff within administration that demonstrates a dutiful concern about the students and the students feel their are staff that really care about their well being and outcome.
3. The students themselves take serious their education and share with their parents experiences they encounter throughout the school and outside of school.

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

1. Ensuring that proper Funding be made available for students to have what’s need to ensure a quality education is being given.
2. That the science and labs be equipped to allow the students to have the practical equipment to experiment with the tools and materials that their application will yield positive results for learning.
3. That our representative in Lansing on the educational committee will have a hands on approach to ensure our tax dollars are being utilized in a fiduciary fashion.

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?

1. They must follow the CDC mandates.
2. They must follow the Governors Mandates.
3. They must follow the rules that the school have placed upon them.

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


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

As a child,I didn’t like standardized test, but I later learned it was pivotal to quantify our progress and scope out our weaknesses. Thus, it is pivotal and essential.

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?

Because I believe in hands on Learning, my first impact would be that the students know that they are very much appreciated being in my class.
Being in the classroom, myself, all students will have to learn to have a “Buddy” Partner. I’ve come to conclude that if students learn to share with one another they learn better.
The curriculum can easily be changed, but the criteria for the change will require mandates from the state. Then we run into problems, who in the state will have the skills to work with the right educators to get it done correctly.
However, Technology is moving most rapid. Yet, its also a hindrance in many ways.
The classroom could be design differently, but the student population could be lessen in the classroom.

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


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

I shared in one interview that I thought the schools shouldn’t have Police Officers in the Building. I feel the trained citizens in the counseling arena could eradicate some of the emotional and physical displays without having to armed personnel in the schools.
I speak this way because I am a Retired Peace Officer. Deescalating a matter is easily resolved with the tone of one’s message.

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

Given age we are in, It is imperative. This would also be found under Funding from state the resources should be made available to address these continually climbing matters.
This matter, once looked into, would and should be address. However, I am the type of person who like to survey the land before trying to enter affairs as a new comer.

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

I believe that equity is important and essential. Diversity is paramount. Once again, having the opportunity to survey the land, that certainly would be a priority for me.

Any other information you want to include or share?

I merely wish to say, I am honored and pleased to have had to privilege to articulate these expressions of thoughts to this committee.