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Pierce Clover Park School District No. 400 Director Dist. 3

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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Biographical Information

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?

Phone (253) 961-2332
Email alyssa.cpsd@gmail.com
Town where you live Lakewood
The biggest issue facing the Clover Park School District is its reputation, in part justified by continued lackluster performance. Clover Park is not viewed as a top performing district and many steps need to be taken to help improve this. As a homeowner and business professional, I recognize this has a negative effect not only on the life readiness of students, but also on property values and job growth in the community. As a board member I will work to improve public transparency, actively pursue intergovernmental cooperation, and leverage local volunteers and community partners. In addition, steps need to be taken to improve student involvement and academic standards.
There are currently no charter schools in Lakewood, however I am open to the idea.
Test scores in the Clover Park School district are well below average and steps need to be taken to improve the scores. With that said, I do not think testing is the most important factor in schooling. Testing requirements constantly change and when curriculum is based around this it makes it very difficult to effectively teach students.
I think start times for elementary and secondary school should be earlier than high school. It is important that all schools have a start times that accommodate drop off for working parents.
On-time graduation rates can be improved by having programs in place to help students stay on track. I believe advisers should be more involved and help students throughout all four years of high school. It may be beneficial to have teachers sign up to be advisers since many times there are limited resources. Many juniors and seniors go see advisers, but at that time it may be too late.
Bullying is a major issue, especially outside of school on social media. It is important for parents to get involved with this as well. They need to be monitoring their child’s social media accounts and online activity. I think the more parents are involved the better. It needs to be a group effort between teachers/administrators and parents.
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Student suspension should be the last resort. Students need to be in school actively learning so steps need to be taken prior to removing a child from the classroom. I think teachers and administrators should work together to come up with a plan for students who have a history of being disruptive in class.
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