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Kent School District No. 415 Director District No. 4

4-year termNo Salary, some districts offer small per diem for evening meetings. School Board Members or “directors” – are the elected governing body of the school district, serving four-year terms. The school board’s governance responsibilities fall in four major areas: Vision – focuses the work on student achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process; Structure – provides prudent financial planning and oversight; diligent and innovative policymaking; Accountability – sets specific goals and a process for evaluation, reporting and recommendations for improvements; and Advocacy – champions public education in the local community and before state and federal policy makers. The School Board sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional district Superintendent and certificated teaching staff and personnel. One of the critical duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any school levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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    Denise Daniels (NP) Assistant Director of Equity, Outreach, and Engagement

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Biographical Information

What are the three most urgent issues facing your district?

How would you propose your district address the one you consider the most urgent?

What is your position on Charter Schools as a part of your public school system?

What is your position on testing of your students?

What is your opinion on "start times" for elementary and secondary school?

How can the on-time graduation rate be improved?

How should bullying be addressed?

What would be your plan to see that your school district students earn their civics credit required by the new state law?

What is your opinion of student suspension for classroom disruption?

What can your district do to address cultural sensitivity, social justice, and racial equity throughout the district's overall culture, and student curriculum?

Phone (206) 604-7974
Email denisedanielsconsulting@gmail.com
Town where you live Covington
Experience (300 characters max) As an administrator in the Auburn School District, I support students in the school building, work directly with parents and families, provide professional development and support to teachers and staff. I also collaborate with other school districts, city, and community organi
The three most important issues in our district right now are graduation rates, budget concerns, and parent dissatisfaction. Over the last year the current board has made some decisions that directly affect parents and families without giving them the opportunity for input. Schedule changes, cutting of programming (including music), and cancellation of international travel, in particular.
I believe the most urgent right now is making the right decisions to get the budget back on track. Without proper funding and allocation, we cannot put strategies in place to address the other issues. This needs to start with putting the most urgent needs of our students first, which included investing in our teaching and support staff, as well as providing adequate resources and supports that directly address student and classroom needs.
I believe that we should take necessary measures to improve our current public school system so that charter school options would not be needed. We have to address the inequities that exist in our current system and provide solutions to change those outcomes for our students.
I do understand the need to determine a student’s capabilities and understanding of what they have learned, as well as have a set of standards that need to be met to help determine success, however I think that testing should be done in a way that has a direct impact on the students improvement. For example, testing that is done in the current fashion (SBA) really does not benefit the students taking it, since the results are given in the summer when the students have completed that particular grade level, except to determine placement. (Even though schedules are created prior to the testing windows).
I believe that start times should be a bit earlier for elementary students and later for secondary, I also believe that we need take the impact on families as well when determining families.
It is important to recognize immediately when a student is “off track” to graduate in order to provided needed interventions and support. I believe this includes looking early at middle school performance to ensure that when a student reaches high school, they are given the best opportunities. In the current system, high schools are tasked with making sure a student is ready to graduate at the end of four years, however we know that there are indicators that show a student’s potential outcomes much earlier. As we move to a 24 credit graduation requirement, this is more important than ever because there is no room for error.
Bullying should be addressed immediately and definitively, with both students and the adults in their lives. There is such a culture of acceptance of unkind and harmful behaviors in our schools and country right now, and the students are suffering. What I see as the biggest problem is that staff in the schools are not prepared to deal with it and given the right resources and training to support an intervention process, in particular when ethnicity or sexual orientation are involved.
I believe that the civic course requirement should include curriculum that directly included addressing the current issue of the country, good, bad, and ugly. We are raising a generation of young people who are intensely aware of the current issues that are happening in society, however, the adults around them often don’t provide platforms to have conversations around their potential roles or identities as citizens of our country. We cannot address issues and teach our students how to navigate them if we are not willing to address them ourselves. It is important for our students to learn how to be critical thinkers around issues so they they are able to make informed and educated decisions.
I do not agree with suspension for classroom disruptions as it stands now, most simply because this is the reason many students of color are suspended, and it is very subjective. If we could determine a standard that would be equally applied to all students it would be helpful, however, there is a lot of data that suggests teachers disproportionately use this reason. I think that teachers need adequate professional development with a lens of equity to better handle these issues.
Professional and personal development around unconscious and implicit bias, personal growth, and using a lens of racial and social equity. These challenges are a part of a system of inequity that exists not only in the schools, but in other institutions as well, and we have to work to dismantle those systems. As far as curriculum, what we teach our students about who they are and the contributions that have been made by their ancestors is a large part of engagement and providing them with pride as citizens.
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