October 7, 2020

Amy Morales

Pronouns:She/her
School District:Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District
City:Bridgeport

How long have you lived in your district?

Personally – 40 yrs , Family – 60+ yrs.

Have you received any endorsements?

None at this time

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

In order to have CURRENT Parent Representation; I am invested in Bridgeport Spaulding Communities and would like to be a part of the team that helps our children succeed.

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

Education Justice to me personally means that all children have the same opportunities without any hesitation or discrimination of any kind.
For Bridgeport Spaulding , I feel we need to enhance opportunities in our district. Provide more resources to all students.

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

Safe and Welcoming. I would want schools back to normalcy so that students want to return and parents don’t have to worry about health concerns.

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

Parents/Families should be given status updates before decisions are made. Everyone should be made aware of major issues that could impact everyone. Students should have their student body councils interact with administration on a regular basis.

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

Myself

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

Testing Levels , Tutoring and extra assistance for all , not just those that are considered Critical , and Graduation requirements

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

Meeting and Surpassing grade expectations at the elementary level , Graduation requirements , and extra curriculum to assist with post high school factors.

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 need to get back to normalcy so we should continue with and keep all safety protocols. Enforce the rules for all , even athletics , but educate students as to why we are enforcing these safety rules.

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

The curriculum , and transportation should be top priorities , which I feel we are handling at this time. Our district is very good with both , so we should keep it as is.
I would like to see more Vocational opportunities for high schoolers within the district.

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

I feel we should focus on preparing the students at all grade levels for all testing. We should teach them what they are being tested on.

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?

Teach students what they are being tested on , focus on higher levels of education and work with ALL students. Even though a child is considered Average , right where they should be or Above Average , we should keep educating them to an even higher level. Never settle.
I feel the current virtual curriculum is doing it’s best at this time , but there is always room for improvement.

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

The district plays a huge factor but it starts with upbringing and home life for all. We should work on coping skills at a young age but coaches , staff , and students need parental/family support. As a Certified Family Medical Leave Specialist , I feel that everyone’s wellbeing and their personal health (mental/emotional/physical) is the top priority for success.

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

I feel discipline should be case specific , that the discipline should fit the issue accordingly. Obviously zero tolerance for issues that place others in harm’s way.
I feel rules should be kept and students should be held accountable for their actions. Teach responsibilities , expectations , and right from wrong at an early age so that they may succeed in the future.

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

Having worked with Special needs for over 10 years , I feel these students and parents should have just as many resources as all of our students , if not more.
We need to work with the ISD and help our special needs students with every day life to prepare them for the world outside of our schools.

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

Bringing in unbiased people to the board , parents that are invested.
Really putting students first.

Any other information you want to include or share?

I have a high school student , an elementary student , and a future Bridgeport student (grandchild). I am invested in our community and have been volunteering for over a decade throughout Bridgeport. I currently coach at the high school and I am a former district employee , as well as being alumni.
As we did in the past , we need to succeed as a district for our children now and in the future.