October 4, 2020

Michelle Williams-Ward

Pronouns:She/Her
School DistrictRoseville Community Schools
City:Roseville

How long have you lived in your district?

15 Years

Have you received any endorsements?

Not as of yet

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I am a parent and I want what’s best for my children and yours. I believe that I would bring a different perspective and diversity to the School Board. Our current School Board consists of 1 female, 6 males and no minorities, this does not represent Roseville.

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

This system would provide an equal education system for everyone. It would mean that in the Roseville School District all students are equal and all resources will be distributed equally among all students. Everyone should have the same opportunities.

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

I see the schools being both virtual and in person for quite some time. I believe there will be a lot of parents who will not be sending their children back to school also a lot of teachers that may not want to return to face to face.

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

I believe that everyone should be involved. We need establish positive and open communication between the community and the School Board. The community includes parents, teachers and students.

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

My family, friends and church.

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

Making sure that teachers and students are safe and healthy when returning to face to face classes this means having the PPEs needed. We need to make sure we are providing an exceptional education for both face to face and virtual students, this includes tutoring when needed and other resources. Unfortunately with school being virtual a lot of students are not eating because they depend on school lunch, so we need to provide a way to get children lunches because if they are hungry they will not learn anything.

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

Same as above

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?

Teachers and students who return face to face catching the virus and spreading it to the other teachers and students. We need to make sure that PPEs are on hand at all times. We need to make sure we have special PPEs for students with special needs.

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

Making sure that all students in the district have the equipment and supplies necessary to be successful during this pandemic. Our students were all provided with Chrome Books during last year, everyone did not want them, but because of COVID-19 students had the opportunity to accept them now. Because we are currently on virtual learning only we also need to make sure every child has internet available so that they can get on class.

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

I feel that standardized test are bias. Also some students do not take tests well and they may be an exceptional student. I do realize that we will have to use them to measure where children are currently and how they are progressing. We need to look into other options.

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?

More variety in career based classes-forensics, sociology, cosmetology. Opportunities to shadow different careers such as medical, engineering, teachers. These classes will provide an opportunity for students to obtain a greater knowledge into the field they are interested in.

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

I believe that the school district responsibility should be high as far as mental and emotional health/wellbeing. There need to be programs set in place to deal with both mental and emotional health. Students should have someone in the school that they can feel comfortable talking to because you never know what a child is going through and they may not have anyone else to talk to.

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

I believe that discipline should be progressive and it should be equal amongst all student. I believe that there should be a police presence, but we need to be selective in who is picked to work in the schools.

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

We need to make sure that special education is still being provided. We may have to do a Zoom meeting for an IEP. When children come back to face to face we need to make sure we have PPE such as clear mask and face shields so that teachers can show the student how to move their mouths to sound out words.

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

We as a School Board would need to make sure that all our resources are updated so that all students graduate prepared for success after high school.

Any other information you want to include or share?

No. Thank you for this opportunity