October 20, 2020

Alicia Bronson

Pronouns:She/her
School District:Pennfield School District
City:Battle Creek

How long have you lived in your district?

16 years

Have you received any endorsements?

I don’t think so

Are you an incumbent?

Yes

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I want to continue being a School Board member to help with the equity within the district. I feel very passionate about students education and helping students grow into their full capacity. I want to continue with the greatness and help our students reach their goals for their future.

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

To be honest , I had not realized there was an education justice. I would hope that it would mean that the organization would be fighting for everyone to have education because we all deserve it , no matter what background you are from.

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

It’s hard to believe that we are even in a crisis right now. I would hope that we are capable of making sure our students and teachers are safe and that we are in buildings learning. I would like to see that our schools would have better ventilation to accommodate that. I think that our technology department would be fully supported to help all families who have trouble with wifi. This could even open the doors to keep the virtual option that would perhaps accommodate some students to take extra classes to expand their education.

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

I think that everyone in our district can play a role to be involved by reaching out to the school board and giving healthy constructive criticism when problems arise. We can also provide information when the School Board is doing well and on track for bettering the school. Hearing both the positives and the negatives will help the district grow to great potential. Especially if the Board is willing to hear it all.

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

I don’t have any

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

I would love to see the schools get the much needed updates to buildings to support our students and teachers learning environment. Support our arts departments better then they are currently and help there success grow. To have the number of students graduate with academic scholarships grow.

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

I would love to see our schools get more assistance financially to continue to maintain and fix our buildings to support the education of our students. I would love to see that all students could go to community college or trade school for free.

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?

I know we will face the issue of ventilation in our school buildings which effect how long students will be able to be in our buildings. Prior to covid ventilation was already a huge issue and with the months now getting colder , I worry that masks won’t be able to slow down this virus in our buildings. Im hoping to we can find a way to bring our students and teachers back into our buildings as safely as possible.

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?

I don’t think that standardardized tests should play as big of a role as it has in the past. I do believe it can help with growth of a child , but I don’t think the pressures should be there for the students success and for the teachers success as well.

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’m not an educator. I don’t know how I would even try to change anything. I do feel that I would like to leave it to the ones that truly know what is best for our students , the teachers and the administrators. I trust in my district they have and are making the right decisions on our curriculum. They do make the necessary changes to help our students growth , at least I feel they are at this time.

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

I feel that there should be some access to mental health professionals for all staff , students and families that live or attend school in our district , as often as needed. Life is hard and there is a lot pressures put on our students to succeed and those same pressures are put on our teachers to make that happen for those students. There are negative life issues that can affect a child that comes to school and that also can be a burden the teacher faces. Students and staff need to be supported to make sure that are capable of doing their jobs , which is to learn and to teach. We have to take care of the place (the brain) that is going to store all the information that is learned and what is going to be taught.

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

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

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

Although we have made some progress , I do feel there are some things that have not been addressed and , possibly , not even aware of that need to be addressed. This world is always changing and we need to make sure that we are keeping up and not leaving anyone behind.

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