October 6, 2020

Thomas rollins

School District:Lincoln Consolidated Schools

How long have you lived in your district?

Since 1993

Have you received any endorsements?


Are you an incumbent?


Why do you want to be a school board member?

Having some positive input into our district and watching the students and district grow is really rewarding

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

Fairness and equity in outcomes.

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

We need more time and data. We haven’t tried to do in person yet so until we do this question is hard to answer

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

It starts with involvement in school board meetings, PTO, and other volunteer opportunities

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

Only myself. I have no contributors

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

My first and main priority is making sure that we have safe schools when we return to in person learning

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

Budget, budget, budget

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?

Follow state and local guidance and making sure that our return to school plan is safe and that it is properly funded

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

Hard answer with Covid. Right now our priority is the health and safety of all students and all staff.

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

Standardized tests are useful in some situations but not all the time. We need blended tests to really see growth

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 believe we are on track with our curriculum. We just hired a fantastic director and we are making investments through our budget to have the financial resources to plan and invest in curriculum

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

At a minimum There has to be a quality of work life where we support all parties. Teachers need support groups and sometimes someone who will just listen.

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

There are many forms of restorative discipline that can be implemented however we have to try to match the incident to the restorative practice. We also have to look out for the welfare of the “victim” when we create discipline plans. Also looking for the root cause of behavior issues so we can work to fix those thus eliminating future issues

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

Making sure that student IEP meets the individual needs of each student

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

We have to keep equity on the table and make sure it’s a issue that we continue to work and improve on

Any other information you want to include or share?

Working to make our district stronger and brighter for our students