October 4, 2020

Michael Goetz

Pronouns:He/Him
School DistrictSault Area Schools
City:Sault Sainte Marie

How long have you lived in your district?

30 years

Have you received any endorsements?

No

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I want to be a school board in my district, because being a local Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians member, I feel our school can do better at protecting our indigenous youth. Our alternative school in the district is disproportionately heavy with Native students. They are the failed population and need our support.

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

Like I said previously, there is very little education justice for our native students. They have a much higher dropout rate then their peers. They are also typically behind in mathematics and literacy. We need to provide these students with the resources they need to be successful.

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

I would not change much. Students need routine and structure and change is hard especially on our elementary youth. I am a proponent of smaller class size however, which could lend to help containing a public health crisis.

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

The students, parents, and families should be able to vote on decisions and have a voice for items that directly affect them. Their vote on these matters should be as in high regards as the school board’s decisions.

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

Myself

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

More support for our native youth, transparency for the bard to our community, and finding a way to enhance our enrollment that has been declining over the last few years.

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

More funding, more resources and services for our minority students, and honoring school of choice.

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?

Proper PPE and social distancing will keep our students safe. As long as our district keeps fluidity throughout their plan, it will not have much affect on our students. Like I said previously, students struggle when there are changes in their day that are a surprise and weren’t anticipated.

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

Our budget should be able to give teachers a salary that is comparable with other schools in the area. What should not be prioritized is administrative raises and superintendent raises.

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

As long as a good base education plan is in place, students will meet their marks. We also need to put more emphasis on making school fun and exciting and original.

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?

Like I said, teach in a different way with more hands on and ingenuity. Some teachers remain stagnant and do not teach with originality.

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

Schools are suppose to be a safe place for students so schools should play a massive role in being supportive with the emotional and mental wellbeing of their students.

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

Discipline should be implemented as a team concept with the school, student, and their family. If the parents are not there as a support to the school, the behaviors will continue.

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

Our special education program in our district is very strong. Not many changes would be needed.

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

A schools district goal should always be closing the gap between your top students and your bottom students. Having programs for the ones struggling, the middle students, and your top performers.

Any other information you want to include or share?

I’m excited to represent a school district that I myself have been a part of as a student and to contribute to the betterment of my community.