October 4, 2020

Katie Isic

Pronouns:She/Her
School DistrictCaledonia Community Schools
City:Caledonia

How long have you lived in your district?

5

Have you received any endorsements?

No

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I want to work for my community and be the voice of the residents and the staff and facilitate transparency in our district

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

It means making sure that we have and retain amazing teachers/staff that are able to make sure that students regardless of learning capabilities and income status are able to perform at their highest capabilities. Within our district I feel that means making sure that while the majority of families don’t struggle financially the ones that do not have as much expendable income are not falling behind their counterparts, as well as children with learning disabilities. And that we make sure our staff are supported so that they are capable to provide the best education to every level.

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

This one is tough, it’s the first shake up I’ve lived through as most, I would say this made clear the students that were self sufficient as opposed to kids that struggle learning independently, but definitely it made clearer what an asset teachers are and that we need to make sure they have the support necessary to provide top level education and be able to focus on the kids who are at risk of falling behind or worse giving up.

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

I believe the parents, students and families are the voice that need to be heard. They go home and struggle through homework and know better than anyone else what is working or what isn’t in the schools as far as educating our kids go. And if they can give feedback that is heard and change the teaching methods we could see higher scores and higher graduating numbers.

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

None, I ran and paid for my campaign myself as it felt like our district needed someone to give a voice to the parents and students.

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

Higher test scores, more money spent towards education rather than frivolous spending, less transfers out

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

Higher test scores, higher graduating students, higher percentage or graduates pursuing further education

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?

There’s many challenges, the biggest one being the possible shutdown and back to online which I feel is one size fits all and can be difficult for some kids to learn well by. Ultimately students and staff need to be first priority but if it goes full online possible look at how to ensure all kids are moving along the same as if class was in person

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

Top spending priorities should be educationally focused, ensuring educators and support staff are not being cut for budget shortcomings while creating two new executive administrative positions in 2020 and their support staff is not going to ensure our kids are getting the highest level of education, it will impact the class sizes and harm the kids who require more one on one learning

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

Standardized tests are difficult, there needs to be a way to measure students but one size fits all isn’t going to 100% show the students capabilities and if they’re achieving their potential. It’s hard to say they should be tossed as they’re relied on heavily for grading districts but possibly an avg gpa might be more accurate as it’s not just a small snapshot of a moment but rather the students educational journey overall.

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 I would have to evaluate the curriculum in depth to be able to make a really informed response, and I don’t have that off hand.

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

I believe the school district is supposed to be a safe place that supports all who enter. There should be resources in place that ensure both students and staff are mentally and emotionally cared for.

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

I believe it should be zero tolerance, regardless of the bully’s standing in sports or financially in the community, it needs to be understood that if you behave in a way that makes someone feel unsafe or degraded or assaulted their will be consequences.

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

Special education should be one of the most focused on areas as kids who require IEPs are those most at risk to underperform or drop out all together. These teachers put so much into their students and without a program that’s supported fully our students would be severely hurt educationally.

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

I feel like in today’s climate equity has become a dirty word associated with communism, but in reality we’re not all given a fair hand. Some kids come from homes that are financially struggling, some come from homes that are abusive and some kids don’t have the same learning methods as the average student. None of it is their fault and every person deserves the same opportunity to be taught and absorb the education provided and we should be partners with the teachers in making sure they have the time and capability to do so

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