October 9, 2020

Susan Durst

Pronouns: she/her
School District: Memphis Community Schools
City: Richmond Twp

How long have you lived in your district?

25 yrs in Richmond Twp. 3 years in Memphis School District

Have you received any endorsements?


Are you an incumbent?


Why do you want to be a school board member?

I believe add a clear perspective and value to the BOE.

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

Providing education/curriculum for all students by acknowledging and valuing them as individuals for who they are , where they come from (culture , communities , and families).

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

Schools would provide opportunities for every student to excel to their fullest potential.

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

Provide various means of two way communication with response to all concerns/comments.

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


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

Engage , Educate , and Empower

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

Provide , Implement and Develop

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?

Financial challenges , ( personnel , equipment , supplies). Schools must meet or exceed all mandates.

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

Safety , Education

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

Educational justice

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?

Add “life skills” , introduce careers/professions to non-college bound students (internships , etc.)

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

Support with in parameters. Use of community/professional resource recommendations.

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

Student discipline dependent on infraction with handled with consistency and safety for students/staff a priority.

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

Assisting in developing each student to their fullest potential.

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

Agree , wholeheartedly , Multiple approaches. A work in process.

Any other information you want to include or share?

Some questions are non-specific and can be answered many different ways