October 20, 2020

Mark A Noffsinger MD

Pronouns:He/Him
School District:Mattawan Consolidated Schools
City:Mattawan

How long have you lived in your district?

24 years

Have you received any endorsements?

yes. Multiple

Are you an incumbent?

Yes

Why do you want to be a school board member?

To be a positive force representing our students , parents and community to achieve a great education preparing our students to be confident positive contributors to society.

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

That all students receive the same educational opportunities , with equal access and assistance.

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

Individualized plans to progress all students to the optimal education for the student.

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

Openly share concerns and desires. Think “outside the box”

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

None except myself

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

Curriculum which fits the needs of future success , Ability to individualize support and progress , Creating productive , contributing citizens.

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

Same

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?

Create as safe an environment as possible while still progressing education.

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

Supporting our teachers , both in pay , benefits , and classroom support. Important but not as high a priority , facility support.

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

One objective means of comparison as to progress

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?

Options to individualize , depending on abilities/interests. Core teaching same.

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

Significant role and responsibility of School Board and district.

How do you think your school district should handle student discipline/and make schools a safe place for students and staff?Needs to be set out clearly to students , parents and staff , and need to achieve uniformity in enforcement

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

Necessary and needs support , and individualized plans.

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

Work in progress , but progressing.

Any other information you want to include or share?

Mattawan is a great school system , with committed staff and community , which will continue to produce confident , productive citizens who contribute greatly to society.