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Grant Royal School Dist #160 School Director #05

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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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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--Three major issues facing Royal School District are the need for more buildings to house increasing student populations, class size, and continuing dropout rates. The most urgent is the need for buildings to house our students but this is currently being addressed. The overall problem of dropout rates and realistic approaches to alternative education in the district is the ongoing “urgent” problem we face year after year.
--My position on Charter schools as a part of the public-school system is that they leach away money, resources, and exemplary students from the system that could and should be used to educate ALL the students in our district.
--High stakes testing has diminished some in the last few years, yet standardized testing often steals class time that could be used more creatively, time for reading, and the goal of creating lifelong learners.
--Current research suggests that students would perform better with later start times allowing them to sleep longer. Royal School District start times seem to be reasonable. My only concern is how early in the morning buses must start picking up students since we are so wide spread. Creative bus routes could mitigate children beginning their school “day” at 6:30 am on the bus.
--On-time graduation rate can be improved a few different ways. First, I strongly think that RSD needs an alternative high school. We are one of the few districts in the Columbia Basin, let alone Washington State which does not offer students this choice. An alternative high school with a strong occupational program would prove useful to students who have no interest or aptitude in a “college track” program. The relevance of this education with trained teachers who offer more work-related programs and perhaps even a work “release” option would reduce many of the suspensions and classroom disruption that is prevalent at the current time. Second, a program of in-house tutoring and mentoring students would be useful to increase student success in the classroom, i.e., passing classes and retaining the credits necessary to graduation. . Monitoring of running start students would be a way parents could help their students graduate on time.
One very effective way to combat bullying that could and should be utilized would be to organized high school students to teach younger students the pitfalls and cruelty of bullying. The best way to learn is to teach. The high school students would benefit and younger students would have good examples to follow. Involve as many students as possible.
--Curriculum at RHS already addresses the civics requirement for graduation through its AP US Government Classes and its Contemporary World Problems Classes. As a former US History, Washington State History and Social Studies teacher, I would like to see the Washington State History Class moved to the high school and offered in one semester, perhaps in their freshmen or sophomore with the other semester being dedicated to a Civics class. I say this because by the time many students reach their senior year, they are already of voting age. Washington State History (and the Civics class) would be more effective in high school as well for students who move in from out of state and need it for graduation.
Our school district is now working on a discipline matrix which is probably in use at this time. Suspension for classroom disruption is an important tool for administrators to use. Consistency and non-discrimination in enforcing rules that can affect classroom disruption are also tools which must be utilized. Administrators must also back up their teachers in discipline situations.
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