October 4, 2020

Matthew Welch

Pronouns:He/Him
School DistrictFenton Area Public Schools
City:Fenton

How long have you lived in your district?

19 1/2 years

Have you received any endorsements?

no

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

simply put. To serve the needs of the students and citizens within our community.

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

I feel strongly about having a district that attracts the brightest and the most highly qualified staff and treating them as equal team members in the growth of our district to not only help our students excell, but to also foster a culture of excellence that all aspiring teachers want to be a part of.

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

I can begin to answer that question as the current landscape is so incredibly fluid. I will say those that are willing to adapt and be open to change will have a far easier time navigating whats ahead.

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

lets ad teachers, support staff, and administration to that question, as i feel all should have an equal say and have a vested interest in the process.

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

100% myself

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

1. safety for all. 2. the ability to provide a quality education equally to all in the district regardless of face to face, or virtual. 3. Fiscal responsibility during these trying times.

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

1. increased per student funding.

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?

Masks, ppe, social distancing, small group face to face interaction.

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

1. safety of the students and staff will always be number one along with attracting top notch talented educators and support staff.

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

I would like to gather more information from our educators, parents, and administration before offering an answer on this subject.

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 would defer to my previous answer

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

I feel that it should go hand in hand. We are far to understaffed of qualified individuals regarding this subject and would ask for additional funding via the state and federal government to help with the ever increasing caseload.

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

I believe Fenton schools does a very good job overall on this subject and has SOP’s that support the students, educators, and staff. I also believe that having an open mind to the ever changing culture and atmosphere we live in, would be a great asset if changes or modifications need to be made

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

I would like to gather more information from our educators, parents, and administration before offering an answer on this subject.

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

I would kindly ask that you offer a slightly more specific question around the term “equity”. Thank you.

Any other information you want to include or share?

thank for the opportunity.