October 4, 2020

Michael Poole

Pronouns:Michael Pool
School DistrictSouthfield Public Schools

How long have you lived in your district?

25 Years

Have you received any endorsements?

None at this time

Are you an incumbent?


Why do you want to be a school board member?

I like assisting our student community with achieve their life goals.

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

EDUCATION Justice insures equity in all educational communities. No matter where you live, or who you are. Everyone has the same access to education tools and resources as everyone else.

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

After COVI-19 we will have a Hybrid Educational System. We will be delivering combination of face-to-face as well as virtual online offering to our students. Giving the schools of the future more options and more choice.

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

The Parent, Teacher, Family and Students along with the Board of Education should all be apart of the educational planning for their students.

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

None at this time

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

My top three (3) Priority Issues facing the Southfield Public School District Board of Education included the following:

1) Keeping students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents safe during COVID-19. This may be accomplished by closely following the advice and guidelines from the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control as well as other local, state and federal agencies on Health and Wellness.

2) Provide multiple modes of teaching and instruction for maximum learning. The mode of instruction will be based on the science in the region. This may also be adjusted by zip code, building, floor and/ or classroom.

3) Administer a safe yet impactful educational pedagogical learning experience by offering a rigorous high quality learning environment that leads to impactful student achievement for student success.

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

1. More State School Aid Funding, 2. A More Equitable Way to Funding Students with special needs, 3. A Zoning Ordinance for Charter Schools.

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?

We anticipate challenges in providing multiple modes of teaching and instruction for maximum learning. The mode of instruction will be based on the science in the region. This may also need to be adjusted based on the infection rates by zip code, building, floor and/ or classroom. This will be determined by the Health Authority.

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

Salaries are always the largest part of the Budget followed closely by Healthcare cost. What should not be prioritized in this years District Budget would be Transportation.

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

Standardized Testing give us a gage on how our Students Processing on an annual bases.

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 current School District Curriculum is accredited and meets the MDE requirements. We are one of only six K12 Public School District in State that have earned this type of Advanced Accreditation. However, I would add more Black History instruction.

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

We need more funding and support from the federal Government to support student, teachers and staff through the Individuals with Disability Education Act which has never been fully funded.

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

The Student Code of Conduct was developed to provide a safe place for students and staff develop safely. The primary goal of the Southfield School District is
to create a positive learning environment in which all students are provided an opportunity to grow academically and socially. In order to attain this goal there must be a shared commitment among parents, staff and students to understand and accept a balance between individual freedom and the limitations of responsible behavior.

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

To advocate for more funding from the Federal Governments IDEA Laws.

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

To take full advantage of the opportunity presented by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It is critical to abandon the thinking that led to previous failed reforms and embrace a new mindset regarding the more promising strategies to improve schools.

Any other information you want to include or share?

My name is Michael Poole and I am a current Member of the Southfield Public Schools Board of Education and have been for the last 12 years.

I entered the Southfield Board of Education with a “Yes We Can” approach to Leadership at the beginning of the great recession. I have served as Board President, Vice President and Treasurer.

My vision is to provide a servant business management leadership philosophy in developing cost effective solutions that offer greater college and career workforce opportunities for students. The focus is on design, collaboration and implementation of quality accredited educational programs that meet the economic and educational goals of our community.

I have spent over twenty five (25) years in Corporate America with AT&T, GTE Sprint and MCI/ WorldCom.

Currently, I work as an Education Consultant in Higher Education in the areas of Business, Continuing Education, Technology and Workforce Development.

I, hold academic credentials from the following institutions of higher learning:

ü Associate Degrees in General Education, Marketing/ Retail Advertising and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business from Ferris State University Big Rapids, Michigan.

ü Masters of Science (MSA) Degree in International Administration from the Central Michigan University Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

I am a member of the Economic Club of Detroit, a Master Platinum member of the Michigan Association of School Boards, a founding member of the Southfield Public Schools Foundation, a member of the National Black Council for School Boards, a Lifetime Member of the National Black MBA Association, a Lifetime Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated and a former PTA President.

I am a visionary Leader with an in-depth desire to help people find quality education, careers, jobs, housing and their piece of the American Dream…