October 4, 2020

Amy M Thomas-August

Pronouns:She/Her
School DistrictLake Orion Community Schools
City:St. Clair Shores

How long have you lived in your district?

Lifelong Shorian

Have you received any endorsements?

No

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I believe every school board should have a teacher as a member to help make educational decisions.

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

Education justice means every child has an opportunity to a quality education.

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

The use of technology will continue after the pandemic. Ensuring students have this technological resource is essential. Students also need more emotional support provided from schools. Families would continue to be able to choose between in person or virtual learning, which would be provided by a certified teacher and not an eLearning company.

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

Since the school board serves the families in the community, it is essential to allow opportunities for the community to provide input when making decisions.

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

None

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

First, continuing to provide the safest learning environment for the students and staff. Second, ensuring students have the resources they need to learn. Finally, adopt a fiscally sound budget that supports the needs of the students.

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

The top priority is for the state to provide adequate funding to schools, and providing those schools which need more support, the extra support they need for their students.

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 main challenge schools have faced is providing the return to learning platform, face to face or virtual, that meets the needs and wants of the community.

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

Like all decisions that a school board member must make, priorities in spending need to be based on what is best when providing a quality education for the students.

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

Standardized tests are over-used. A complete child is more than a test score on a standardized test.

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 Lake Shore has an exemplary curriculum that provides courses for the varying paths students may take beyond high school.

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

Schools today need to provide more than just the educational needs of students and staff. To be effective, students need to have all their basic needs met, including emotional and mental support.

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

Schools need to be provide a safe learning environment for all involved.

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

Special Education needs support by more staff members and resources than a typical student. Students who require special education deserve these supports to receive the quality of education they are entitled to.

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

Not all students need the same resources to receive a quality education. The school district needs to support and provide opportunities and resources for students to learn based on their individual needs.

Any other information you want to include or share?

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