October 4, 2020
School DistrictAshley Community Schools
How long have you lived in your district?
Have you received any endorsements?
Are you an incumbent?
Why do you want to be a school board member?
I have been on our local school board for 18 years and would like to continue to work hard to better our district
What does education justice mean to you? What does it mean specifically in the context of your school district?
It is important for all Children to receive the best education possible no matter what there ability. I am a parent of a child with a disability so it is very important to me to see that kids receive the best.
If you could completely reimagine the way schools look after this public health crisis, what would they look like?
Schools now have a different look to them all together. It is all schools not just our district. It is a different way of teaching and a different way of learning. We have worked hard in our district to make sure our kids are being given all the tools they need to be successful. It is our hope to be back to normal but at this time this is our new normal.
Describe how you think parents, students, and families should be involved in making decisions within your school district?
I think it is very important for parents and families to be involved in decisions made at the school. It is great when we have parents that come to board meetings just to hear what is new or what is going on. It is very helpful when we get input from the community and family on things that are happening in our school. When we have hard decisions to make i dont think everyone realizes that we try to look at all aspects of a situation before we make a decision.
Who (if any) are your top financial supporters for your campaign?
I have non
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals within your school district?
Curriculum, Staffing and student count
What are your top 3 educational priorities/goals at a state level?
Finance, Support for local districts
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 are taking measures to keep the students and staff as safe as possible. We are all concerned with COVID and the possibility of its effects.
What should be your school district’s top spending priorities in their budget? Alternatively, what should not be prioritized your district’s budget?
We have been working hard on building our fund equity. Now that we have that where our auditors want it we can really work on bringing our pay scale up to where it needs to be. Also we will continue to work hard to make sure our students have all the toles they need. It is very hard to work on a budget when you never know when the state will make cuts. Everyone gets very excited when they see the state is going to give more money to education but what they don’t see is that normally that comes with a cost in cute in other ways.
What role do you think standardized tests should play in your school district?
I hate that standardized testing seems to take over how we teach our students. I think testing is important if we are looking to see where our students are so we know how to help and what areas we need to work on. I do believe that not all students learning can me evaluated on test standardized test scores.
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 think just making sure as a board we continue to give our staff and students what they need is important to the curriculum.
What responsibility do you believe your school district has in supporting students’ and staffs’ mental and emotional health/wellbeing?
That is always important. Trying to keep things as normal as possible is a great help but with COVID we are all working in conditions that we never believed we would. It has been an adjustment for all of us.
How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?
Continue to follow policies when it comes to Discipline and keeping a watchful eye
What are your top priorities around special education in your district?
I believe special education programs are very important. Following the students IEP and making sure we keep parents involved
What is your perspective on working towards achieving equity within your school district?
We are a small district and i believe we are close and very excepting of each other.