October 4, 2020

Nicole Northrup

Pronouns:She/Her
School DistrictFreeland Community School District
City:Freeland

How long have you lived in your district?

15 years

Have you received any endorsements?

No

Are you an incumbent?

No

Why do you want to be a school board member?

I have 3 children that attend in our school district, I care about the decisions that are being made by our school board and how those decisions effect our students, staff and community.

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

I want every opportunity to be available to any and all students in our district. This crisis has highlighted the need for mental health resources for our youth. Having those services accessible to students through school could fill a large need in our communities.

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

This crisis will change the face of education permanently. I see more online and virtual opportunities available to our students, that weren’t in place before. However, being in the classroom is important. I have seen it with my own children. I think students are grateful to be back in the classroom with their classmates and hopefully through all of this we have learned that being together is important. I would like to see schools offer in person and hybrid style learning opportunities to meet all student needs.

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

The involvement of parents, students, and families is what makes a school district successful. This is the main reason I am running for our Board of Education. Parental, staff and student involvement and feedback is a key component to making decisions for our district that are successful.

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

Myself

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

1. Appropriate staffing to support our students and current staff.
2. Fiscal responsibility. Continuing to maintain a balanced budget.
3. Make improvements to school infrastructure and improve facilities to handle the current and continued growth in our community.

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

1. Opportunities for trade/skills education programs.
2. Mental/health programs or students
3. Focus on programs that promote life skills training.

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?

Covid has been an ever changing situation and districts have been faced with a very fluid situation where plans and programs are constantly changing. Districts have to have platforms for students to still learn if they are unable to be in the classroom. Every student deserves an education.

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

Our teachers and staff are one of our biggest assets. They should be a priority when making decisions for needs in our district.

Athletics are an important part of our educational experiences but I do not feel
that they should be a top priority in our overall budget.

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

I am not a supporter of the standardized test. Teachers take time out of their regular curriculum to review for the standardized tests. One test should not be responsible for setting a students level or understanding in a subject. There are many factors that can effect a students performance on these tests.

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 add a focus for our secondary students in life skills. How to plan for the future and successfully enter adulthood.

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

In many circumstances, the only resources students have available to them are through school. I think it’s very important that our schools have resources that support students with mental and emotional health services.

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

Having a consistent & fair disciplinary process is key to having a successful school. Staff and administrators must be respected and respectful. There must be consequences for students that break the rules.

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

Every student deserves the best opportunity for success. Having programs that assist our students in special education is key to offering everyone equal opportunities.

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

Students should be offered the appropriate services to have an equal
opportunity for success. We all want our children to have a fair and equal opportunity at being successful and if we can offer services to help students achieve this, we should.

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