As a resident and active voice in the district for 30 years, I am running to work for the continued improvement of the District and the education offered to our scholars. I will keep the focus on decisions made in the best interest of our scholars. Having served on the HSD2 Board of Education from 2005-2013, I am familiar with the governance policies that keep the Board focus on results and values. I will listen to all sides of an issue and can ask the hard questions. I am known and am “a voice you can count on.”
The most pressing challenges revolve around finding innovative ways to meet the educational needs of scholars to prepare them to succeed in an ever-evolving world. Education must continue to move forward, providing the knowledge and skills relevant today and tomorrow. It will require a close assessment of what practices are in place, what is working/needs improvement and what resources are available to support changes. Staff must continue to receive the best training and support. It is a fluid process.
The District must continually evaluate the most efficient use of its funding to meet the needs of scholars. As grants expire, new ones need to be pursued. Our scholars are our future and we must assure their needs are adequately met. There may be a need to ask for support from the community.
Parents should be able to take their child to the school that best meets his/her needs. Realistically, attendance at the neighborhood public school may be the only feasible option for many families due to various factors. Their public school needs to provide the very best educational opportunity.
The arts are very important. They provide stimulation to the brain that enhances learning in all areas. Involvement in the arts may be a vital connection for some scholars, the motivation that brings them to school.
The District has key leadership members involved with suicide prevention networks looking at better ways to provide support to the “whole child”. Resources include counselors, social workers, psychologists and the Entrada health clinic.
I am not aware of incidents being identified as “hate” incidents. As my children grew up in the district (all attended K-12), I was always impressed with the diverse blend. Individuals may have had an issue now and then, but, it never seemed to fit the “hate” incident as identified today.
The arts develop a part of the brain that that other studies do not and afford many children an opportunity for success they may otherwise not have. It is integral to the development of the whole student and is part of our district mission.
Some of the most pressing challenges for our district are having outside sources understand how amazing and gifted our scholars are, we will overcome this by highlighting what our scholars are capable of on a larger platform.
I truly think that inclusivity starts at the youngest of ages. If we our embracing differences from an early age as a community we can eradicate the idea that difference are a bad thing. Allowing each of use to have full acceptance.
The arts are so important, every child should have an opportunity to be creative, use their hands, voices, and make music. Every person deserves a chance to enjoy and experience the arts at all levels.
The best way to combat suicide is to talk about it, have real conversation with youth and families. It would be amazing to have trained staff in every school or safe place, but having trusted people armed with knowledge can be powerful.
Hate is a very strong word and should never be tolerated at any level, we are here to educate everyone in our path that includes teaching right from wrong. When a hate crime occurs in our schools we should consider that a teaching moment, maybe do a peer review for those students, allowing their peers to provide positive peer pressure.