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Richmond School Board

Duties - The School Board is the local governing body for the city's public schools. The Board hires the Superintendent, who is responsible for administration of the system. Nine School Board trustees are elected from districts in nonpartisan elections. The Board elects a chairman and vice chairman from among its members.Term - 4 years - This is a special election to fill an incomplete term.Salary - $10,000
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What solutions do you propose for improving the physical condition of Richmond's public schools?

What solutions will you support for school challenges, including disorderly classrooms, high dropout rate, truancy, and a lack of parental involvement?

What education services do you support for at risk students?

Would you like to see restorative justice evidence-based practices available to public school students as a means of conflict transformation? Please explain.

What priorites for the schools do you have?

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Facebook page fb.me/KenyaGibson4RVA
I applaud the work of the Facilities Task Force. This collaborative effort took a comprehensive approach to outline a long term plan. The previous school board voted to adopt “Option 5” as outlined by the task force. The solution is to turn Option 5 from broad concept to reality. It should include redistricting, new construction and consolidations - if deemed necessary to align with current and projected student population. This work must be handled holisticly, proactively, and with sensitivity.
Disorderly classrooms, high dropout rates, truancy, and a lack of parental involvement are the outcome of a school district where 40% of its students live in poverty.There is no simple solution. We need policy and incentives at the federal, state, and local level to promote socioeconomic diversity in our neighborhoods and schools. We must also support teachers, school leadership, and parents by creating a culture where we can say yes, and the finding funds to make it happen.
We must take a progressive approach to reach every child. This requires a curriculum as diverse as our student population. We need vocational training, robust arts and athletics programs, and options for STEM learning.

I also believe the best way to reach our at risk population is through truly innovative special education. This requires a cultural shift away from the fear of labeling a student, and towards the desire for early remediation.
It's clear that the zero-tolerance discipline model failed our country by looking at our prisons. I fully support implementing restorative justice based practices in our schools.

We let the pendulum swing so far on the side of accountability and testing that we lost sight that good schools should churn out more than good grades. Public education raises us as a nation if we aim to create generations of great citizens.

We can't just kick out the bad kids so that good kids can learn.
The school board’s main priority must be re-establishing trust. To that end, these three things are key: -Executing a facilities plan to give students, parents and teachers peace of mind that our buildings are safe and that their school will remain open. -Successfully onboarding a new superintendent and leadership team, and supporting their vision for the future of RPS. This process will set the tone for many years to follow. -Taking a methodical, paced approach - and delivering on promises.
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Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CindyMenzErbforSchoolBoard/
As Chair of the Facilities Committee, I am working to ensure all kids in RPS have a safe, nurturing and thriving learning environment. I support updating the Option 5 facilities plan which includes building and renovating schools, consolidating and closing buildings and redistricting. It was created through a comprehensive analysis of our facility needs and included significant community input. I will collaborate with city council and the Mayor to ensure we find funding to support this plan.
I support programs like Richmond Public Schools Resiliency Partnership and Communities in Schools and expanding funding for trauma-informed programs and supports. I will work to create 21st-Century schools, advocate for universal and affordable after-school care and for full-time Parent Coordinators in every school. I will also push to revolutionize our human resources department and create a strategic approach to recruiting, supporting and retaining highly qualified teachers and principals.
The most effective way to support at risk students is to ensure they have highly qualified, stable and caring teachers. RPS started this school year with over 60 open teaching positions, 26 of which were Exceptional Education teachers. We need strategic and creative approaches to recruiting and retaining teachers. Also, at risk students frequently struggle with reading because of a lack of early education supports and interventions. I support early intervention, evidence-based reading programs.
Yes, I am very committed to overhauling our discipline practices. Restorative justice offers a more sustainable, equitable, and respectful alternative to traditional school discipline practices. It is also a proactive strategy to improve school culture and climate. It is imperative that we explore and implement evidence-based restorative justice practices that keep kids in school, teaches coping skills and keeps them on track for obtaining a career or college-ready diploma.
My top priority is ensuring that all RPS students have equitable opportunities for success. That means improving outcomes so that we have 100% of our students graduating from high school with a career or college-ready diploma. To accomplish this I will work to create 21st century schools; improve culture and climate; provide universal, low-cost after school programs; revolutionize RPS human resources and support the work of the Education Compact. Read my full policy brief on my website.
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