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David Douglas School District, Pos. 3

Term: 4 yearsSalary: UnpaidThe School Board is the policy-making body of the school district. It is responsible for providing an education program for students living within the District. To accomplish its role, the Board: Determines the long-range direction of the District Establishes policies that direct the instructional and support programs Employs and evaluates the Superintendent Communicates with the community Negotiates with employee groups to determine salaries and benefits Calls elections on bond proposals Approves the annual budget
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Significant policy changes in public education are being considered at the federal and state level. Describe a change that you agree or disagree with and explain your position.

What do you think are the top three equity issues in the district and how will you address them?

What principles will you apply to evaluating recommendations from the superintendent with regard to which programs to reduce in a time of constrained funding?

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Qualifications: Current David Douglas School Board Vice Chair; Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Administration from University of Kansas; Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Purdue University; Girl Scout Troop Leader; Parent
One of the policy changes being considered at the federal level is the school voucher program. I do not agree that a voucher program is the way to go when trying to provide students the best education possible for Oregon or the country. This kind of system will create inequities where public schools are even more underfunded than they are now. There are so many other things we could focus on to make public education better.
I think the top three are financial inequity, racial discrimination and gender issues. To address inequity issues I believe that students need to be treated as individuals who are welcome, respected and safe at school. Students need to be academically supported at all levels including struggling students and students who excel. Services to eliminate barriers such as stable housing, food insecurity and healthcare are also important in keeping all children coming to school ready to learn.
It is unfortunate that we are back in a place of having constrained funding be a topic, since the previous reductions from the economic crash are still fresh in the memory. If we have to reduce again we would need to discuss the cuts that were made last time and then evaluate if those were the best places to reduce or if other types of reductions should be considered based on what was learned from last time.
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School choice. I don't agree with taking money from our much needed public schools for charter schools or whatever Mrs. DeVos has in mind. I would support charter schools if they were working hand in hand with an affiliated public school but our schools--public--must come first. The idea of a public school loosing funding in favor of a private or charter school sends shivers up my spine.
1st, preschool should be offered at all our elementary schools. Every child deserves free preschool, no matter their social or economic background. To solve this problem, I'd like to see more money allocated through grants or bond measures. 2nd, the teacher to student ratio is bad. More IA's or student teachers would be immensely helpful. Expanding our partnerships with our universities could solve this problem. 3rd, 1 middle school offers a health class whereas all MS's should offer it.
I would begin by asking the superintendent these questions before approving any cuts: 1. How does it hurt our community? 2. How does it help our community? 3. How many kids will be negatively affected?

Then, taking in to account the voices of the community, I'd make my decision factoring in these answers and feedback.

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