October 7, 2020
School District:North Adams-Jerome Public Schools
How long have you lived in your district?
Have you received any endorsements?
Are you an incumbent?
Why do you want to be a school board member?
I am running for my second term to continue our district’s expansion and to use my 42 years in education to the board’s policy formation.
What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?
Education justice is to provide a wide range of opportunities that allow a student the freedom of choice and to be educated in a safe environment.
If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?
I would promote an adjusted calendar and if possible a more fluid daily schedule that individualizes the educational plan for each student while providing a safe community of learners.
Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?
I believe that community involvement should be a continual process not just when there is a conflict/crisis. More involvement creates more understanding for all involved stakeholders.
Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?
Individualized education (k-12) , increased electives , community involvement
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?
Stabilized funding that is given to the districts BEFORE their budgets are made , funding for advanced-level classes return the requirement that “School of Choice”
is based on educational reasons
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 expense of meeting all the state requirements for all students and remote learning. Our district is exceeding many of the health requirements.
What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?
Our top priorities are program development , meeting individual needs and staffing.
What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?
I find pre-post tests provide useful data. The tests should be concise and effective.
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 provide a multi-tiered approach so that all students will be challenged and supported.
What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?
Students and staff function the best in a safe , supportive environment.
How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?Parental involvement is key to effective , consistent discipline.
What are your top priorities around special education in your district?
A well-written , specific IEP followed consistently with frequent parent contact is a must.
What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?
Equity to me means that each student has equal opportunities at his/her level of learning.
Any other information you want to include or share?
I believe that it is important for a school board member to have knowledge of the purpose , mechanics and needs of the wide range of learners found in every school district.