My desires for this district have not changed. The things that mattered deeply to me before I ran for the school board continue to matter deeply to me now. The things I saw on a micro-level through the education of my own children and their classmates, I now see on a macro-level. We are a great district, but we have work to do to become even better.
The tangibles I had hoped to address remain, and I will continue to move toward their accomplishment. Examples include:
Board School Visits – All school board members will at least annually visit all schools during regular school days in order to have a deeper understanding of how their decisions affect the daily educational setting.
Board Liaison assignments – The board will ultimately decide how this would look, but we used to have one board member assigned to each school. They made an extra effort to attend parent-teacher meetings and occasional events in order to have a presence in the schools. We removed the liaisons, but I would like to see them return in some capacity.
Accountability Plans – We want to do what we say we will do. Everything brought to the board by administration will have a plan for follow-through in the schools and follow-up with the board.
Annual Survey – The board/administration will develop an annual survey to assess our greatest successes and challenges. Survey results will be seriously considered and acted upon where necessary.
Community Relations – We are in the customer service business. If we cannot provide an experience for our students at a value the community supports, we fail. In order to be the best we can be, we need to include the community in a variety of ways in our schools. The breadth of knowledge and experience our community members hold will allow us to do far more than we could do with a smaller number of voices. I would like to see not only community members empowered but all our teaching and support staff members more empowered as well. Those who are in the classroom interacting with kids every day know whether something will work or not, and they may have great ideas on how to make things better.
These are just a few examples of items that continue to be important to me. It is my sincere desire to serve the students, staff, and community members that make up ISD 834.