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Clark Ridgefield School District No. 122 School Director, District No. 4

4-year term No 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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    Damion E. Jiles, Sr. (NP) Account Executive/Recruiter

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Of three major issues facing your district, which one is 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?

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Phone (360) 931-7129
Email damion@damionejiles.com
Town where you live Ridgefield
Experience (300 characters max) Campaign Manager for Amanda Schroeder in 2016 Multnomah County Commissioner race
Of three major issues that I see, I would say that Welcoming Schools and bullying tie for first place. With of Welcoming Schools, it's serious that ICE are rounding up our neighbors and removing them from the country. It be would devastating if this agency were to come into the schools and detain a student or their parents. I would advocate for the district to institute policy that would minimize any disruption to the classes and students. Regarding bullying, my inspiration to run for this office came from a young lady that attends the high school. She told a group of us about how she was being bullied based on the current political rhetoric. This young lady and her parents sought help and received none. It was suggested that she take the matter to the school board and her response was that her parents felt that if that there would be no help. If elected, I will ensure that every single student regardless of race, creed or gender will have safe learning environment.
Research has shown me that charter schools are a part of the public schools system here in Washington. Charter schools provide an innovative manner to educate our children that may not be in a conventional manner. If students are flourishing in this environment and are successful, then at the end of the day, that is all really matters; that our children have an opportunity to receive a quality education. However, what I am against is vouchers. I do not believe that public funding should be used to fund private school tuition.
I am all for testing students as long as the testing is to measure what they are being taught(quizzes and exams). However, I am not nor have I ever been for standardized testing. This type of testing binds the teachers ability to really get down to the core of a given subject matter which causes teachers to teach students to pass a test as opposed to actual educating. As a whole, I believe that standardized testing should be done away with because a child that goes to school should not have one test decide if they will graduate and move on in life or not.
From what I have seen with the start times of the schools in Ridgefield, I think that there is no problem. I do understand the argument of schools possibly starting too early which causes students to perform poorly during the morning classes. Realistically, I believe that having start times at practical hours because it is a tool that can be used to assist students in transitioning into the workforce because it is internal within the student that would have to be awake at a certain time. If school times were later in the day, that later start would carry over into after school activities such as sports. That would create issues in logistics because students would have to be transported at later times which could cause issues with various supporting casts.
I believe that the graduation rate can be improved by assessing the student's progression by milestones and benchmarks. Not all students learn and progress at the same rate and I believe that if there is no evaluation of progress beyond reports and progress reports, we run the chance of missing something and ultimately, failing the student.
As stated above, my inspiration to run for office came from a young lady that was being bullied. I believe that there should be no tolerance for bullying as it is disruptive and takes away from the student learning environment. The effects of bullying do not wear off when the last school bell rings. Students that have been bullied have done some pretty horrible things to themselves(self mutilation, suicide, etc) and that is highly unacceptable. If elected, I would advocate to change the current policy of the district that would more reflect one of restorative justice.
Civics is a vital part of a student's education. First, I would evaluate the current civics curriculum for its effectiveness with the civics department or teachers. I would assess the needs of the teachers because they know what is best needed. I would also ensure that all aspects of civics is taught and not just from a "check the block" perspective.
I believe that students should face consequences for their actions. However, I do not think that suspension should be the "go to" in all scenarios. I think that the staff should work with the student to assess their needs. It reminds me of an experience with my youngest son. He was suspended 6 times in 4 months for being disruptive and was labeled as, "that kid." Nobody wants to be that parent. When we transferred him out of that school and into his current school, they identified what we already knew, he couldn't read. The quickly evaluated him and got him on the right track. he won student of the month in the district and is no longer a distraction. Is this the case for all? Of course not but my point is, teachers and administrators need to look beyond the surface before suspending a student.

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