October 4, 2020

G. Kevin Gross

Pronouns:He/Him
School DistrictPontiac
City:Farmington Hills

How long have you lived in your district?

53 years

Have you received any endorsements?

No

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

From 1999 to 2007, I was an elected school board member for the Pontiac School District. During that time, I wanted to be part of something that would make a difference in the educational advancement of our students. Although advances have been made, being a member of this board, would allow me to continue with assisting our students in becoming proud, educated individuals!

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

It means, that all students must be given the same opportunities to be highly educated no matter their district, city or state locations! The Pontiac School District has the ability to be a “Premier” school district when given a fair opportunity and financial assistance to do so.

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

If a scientifically approve vaccine has been tested and approved, all staff and students would be allowed to partake. Parents would feel more comfortable allowing their child to attend school with no constraints. Student and staffs health would a to priority and monitored regularly. Our students should be considered the most important entity in our school district!

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

Parents involvement in any school district is always essential! A student should always feel that their education is always a top priority to their parent. Students involvement is essential also. Having knowledge and understanding of what would be more important to them and the advancing of their education, students should have a roll in this process.

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

None

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

1. All students graduate on time. 2. Each student be given a fair opportunity to advance to a higher educational level after completing high school. Finally, no child should ever be left behind!

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

1. Provide fair and equal financial support to all school districts. 2. Fair and equal educational support and supplies to all school districts. 3. Provide equal and fair financial support to all teachers and educators of our 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?

Safe distancing, daily mask wearing and lack of virtual communication devices to all students in our district. A committed plan that’s agreed upon by the administration, local school board members, staff and parents, should be discuss and implemented with all approving. Everyone who is involved in this process, has to be on one accord during these most difficult times.

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

Safety of all staff and students and providing the necessary virtual learning equipment to all students of our district.

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

Standardized testing should only be utilized when done fairly, in providing a school district the area of need for the educational advancing improvements of all students.

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 will continue to work closely with our superintendent and her staff, to insure that our curriculum is the most beneficial for every student in our district.

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

It is extremely important for any school district to be aware of any mental health concerns with students and staff. If aware, this allows specific actions and assistance to insure that all needs are being met in a timely manner.

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

I am currently employed by the Oakland County Circuit Court, as a juvenile caseworker/probation officer. I have first hand accounts on how important discipline in a school is very important. Working close with administration, staff and parents. Providing and implementing a concrete disciplinary plan, that all parties agree upon. Would be beneficial in providing a safe environment for all.

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

To insure that all financial assistance and educational treatment planning is available for every special education student in our district.

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

No perspective at this time. Our school district must be free and clear of all dept, then a plan to achieve equity should be revisited.

Any other information you want to include or share?

Thank you for this opportunity in sharing my thoughts and goals toward the advancement of my school district and the educational advancement all of our students!