October 14, 2020

Nathan Grajek

Pronouns: He/Him
School District:Battle Creek Public Schools
City: Battle Creek

How long have you lived in your district?

About 10 years.

Have you received any endorsements?

Not an endorsement, but the Battle Creek Education Association has recommended me.

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

To the make the district the best is can be for my young children.

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

Equitable and excellent education for all students.

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

This crisis has shown that school can be much more adaptable to students’ need than we previously thought possible. I want to continue and expand the adaptive nature of learning to ensure all students can learn in a way that is best for them.

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

The community selects the school board and can hold them accountable all year long. The district and the board members must, however, make it as easy as possible for the community members to be engaged.

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

Only personal friends and community members, none giving exceptional gifts.

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

Equitable education for all students. Increased compensation for teachers and staff. Keeping students, families, and educator safe.

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

I do not operate at the state level directly as school board member, but I use my position to speak to our state representatives, and I always push for increased funding for schools.

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?

I think we should not have any in-personal schooling as we are now. Our county has seen spiking cases with outbreaks in many of our schools. This is unacceptable and people are being put at risk needlessly.

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

Teacher and parapro compensation. Services for students. Safe facilities and education experiences.
School resource/police officers should not be a priority.

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

They should be used as a way to see where students not additional resources. They should not be used as a way to allocate funding, compensation, or be the central focus of the curriculum.

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 am not an educator so I like to leave that to the professionals.

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

Students basic needs must be met for learning to occur. Any teacher will tell you they deal with this all the time. District should be supporting those teacher efforts, and the teachers themselves in their needs.

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

Student well-being should be the focus with trauma-informed and restorative techniques being used to handle disciplinary situations.

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

Students should be evaluated when necessary and given all the services they are entitled to without the need for parents to constantly advocate for them.

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

Ensuring all students receive high-quality education regardless of race, class, or other factors.

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