October 4, 2020

Harihar Kulkarni

Pronouns:He/Him
School DistrictNorthville Public School District
City:Lansing

How long have you lived in your district?

12 years

Have you received any endorsements?

Not yet

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

Use my educational and interpersonal skills for the benefits of community and to motivate students to build their successful future bright career
A. Retired Technical Manager with 44 years of exquisite service at Ford Motor Company. Teamed up with experts to design and implement cost effective processes in all plants
B. PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Knoxville, Tennessee & M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering.
C. Recipient of two Henry Ford Technology awards and two of USA patents

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

Create friendly environment and assure quality education to all students irrespective of gender, color and origin. Encourage friendly, constructive and positive competitions among all students necessary to achieve future goals and be successful and proud citizens of USA.

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

In-person teaching at all schools
Institute academic curriculum (K-12) complemented with hands-on technical programs.
Community attending students football, swimming practice and matches.

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

Northville community is rich with highly successful parents. Parents may volunteer to deliver quality seminars in their subjects of expertise, and guide students to focus on related subjects offered at all grade levels. Families may regularly attend various technical museums, show videos of astronomy, planets and space travels and human anatomical organs and functions, etc.

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

I am a sole financial supporter of my campaign

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

1. Update periodically academic curriculum and technical facility adhered to emerging technologies
2. Encourage students to participate in national competitions – First Robotic, Digital Innovations – to develop hands on skills necessary to optimize hardware and be a winner in competitions
3. To ingrain creativity in students, conduct seminars that highlights accomplishments of successful citizens like Mr. Bill Gate, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk

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

1. Complement current academic curriculum with hands-on technical training programs to instill creativity.
2. Institute combination of experimental and academic pilot programs for teachers and students.
3. Request state representative and university officials to conduct webinars that highlights current status, future educational needs and emerging opportunities in the state.

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?

Continue hybrid (Virtual and in person) teaching models with appropriate number of students in a classroom till COVID concerns are vanished and students and teachers are vaccinated properly. Recommend SCHOOLOGY programs (Combination of virtual and in-person Teaching) adopted at Northville Schools to other nearby school districts.

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

Budget resources for teachers training to acquire skills in the emerging technologies.
Allocate resources to establish technical facility and equipment to bolster current hands- on technical programs at all schools
Retain and attract high quality teachers and staff by offering comparable benefits and workloads proposed in nearby school districts

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

Northville School students do get high marks in SAT and ACT tests. School may use previous test questions to reverse and train students to achieve high scores in standardized tests.

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?

Establish technical facility with proper equipment and technicians necessary to bolster current technical programs.

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

School district and community must emphasize respect and benefits of diverse cultures. Conduct seminars to highlight uniqueness in various cultures. Encourage students and staff to listen to inspirational speeches of GRETA. her speeches will inspire all to meditate for 10 minutes to refresh and calm their minds, and focus on social skills necessary for well beings of all.

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

Make students and parents aware of expected good discipline and consequences of poor behaviors and habits.
Parents may take first step to emphasize good discipline and discuss consequences of poor behavior in and out of school buildings, approaches to protect from danger and maintain self-control. More=over good discipline instill values and sense of responsibilities.
Conduct dry-run drills once in six months to prepare and take care of each other in case of real emergencies of all natures

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

The school may request community to volunteer to meet needs of special educations, and coach students steps and processes required.

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

Provide good lunch and learning facilities for students. Encourage teachers and staff to join students during lunch, participate in games and extra curricular activities.

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