What have I been doing since the election? The other new board member-elect and I have visited eleven schools, met with several members of administration, attended a board retreat, board learning sessions, board meetings, and some facility plan staff meetings, studied materials we have been given, and prepared for our January start date (and I thought I would have a break after the election). All in all, the experience has been positive. My highlight has been getting in the schools, meeting with principals and staff members and watching precious children learn. I can hear about the needs of our kids, but until I walk into a classroom, I do not really understand.
I feel a tremendous responsibility to the people who voted for me and now to the greater community that I serve. It will be a delicate balance between working with district administration and representing the public well. I need to be intentional to hear all voices and consider the needs of all students. Creating a means for dialogue with those with whom I do not cross paths is sometimes challenging, but it is imperative in order to achieve the best possible results in this district for our kids.
So what is on the horizon, and what do I desire to hear from you?
Long-range Facilities Plan - What are your questions, comments, and concerns?
Superintendent Hire - What characteristics of a person would be a best fit for our unique district?
Staff Union Negotiations - These will start soon as well. How do we best meet the needs of our teachers while considering budgetary needs?
Budget - The board is committed to reaching a balanced budget. What ideas do you have to do this?
What else is important to you? These things are big, and they cannot be ignored, but what else is on your mind?
The challenge and great opportunity will be to hear the public in all these things. We need to intentionally create a climate where critical, serious discussions are common place and welcome. Will you join the conversation? I will make sure that what is important to you is shared with the board. Please always feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.