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Pierce Steilacoom Historical School Dist. No. 1 Director Pos. 2

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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    Jason Pierce (NP) Dad/Firefighter/Paramedic

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    Jugal Thakor (NP) Small Business Owner

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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?

Phone (253) 307-5306
Email JPierce4SHSD@gmail.com
Town where you live DuPont, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Elected to Steilacoom Historical School Board Director Position No.2 2013-2017, US Army MP Corp, Youth Sports Coach FF/Paramedic. I establish the Watch D.O.G.S (Dads Of Great Students) Program at Chloe Clark Elementary School. Received the 2013 Community Leadership Award from WASA.
Safety/Security of our schools has always been my #1 priority. A formulated plan along with procedures to support the plan has been established. The district is currently in the process of carrying out the plan to improve safety and security of our schools. #2 STEM. Just like we need to set our students up for success by providing a good foundation, the district has been working on setting up foundations to support a successful STEM program. Over the past 4 years, the Board has made it a priority to increase the availability and inclusions of technology to our students. We have increased the number of computers from < 500 to > 2500. SHSD is currently in a Math/Science partnership that is providing staff professional development in STEM fields. #3 Transportation. The current contract was adopted and in place when I was elected. Although it was adequate when it was adopted, it left plenty of room for improvements. The district is conducting a RFP for a new transportation contract.
Charter schools seem to be all the rage right now. I feel there are benefits and draw backs to them. Although some say charter schools provide a better education than public schools, it comes at a cost. Charter schools are not bound by the same rules that public schools are. Charter schools do impact the district financially, as the student population is a direct correlation to funding. Charter schools are not all inclusive, as some students can be turned away due to specific standards that must be met. As far as Staff, they are also subject to performance based standards and have far less job security and representation. After all a charter school is a business, they are not subject to the same rules as public schools.
I believe the testing of students is needed. A test is simply a mechanism to evaluate the education the student is receiving. This evaluation could provide important data for customizing the student’s education. This could result in a better education for every student. The problem I have in regards to the State testing process is with the tests themselves. It is not possible to get accurate data when the State test is continuously changing.
I do recognize that there are several benefits to changing the schedules. However, as a board member, I have learned that this is a far more complicated issue than just changing the bell schedules. Some items that would be affected by changing times are transportation, after school sports, and the coordination between other districts.
The 2016 graduation was 94.7%. In the Steilacoom Historical School District that means less than 10 students are not graduating for some reason. When you are talking about such low numbers, there is not one program that will help these students. It will take a more individualized approach to help each student with their individual challenges. I have worked with the district staff to take steps in contacting each individual student in order to provide help, services, and guidance to assist them with their individual challenges in hopes that they will graduate.
As a board member and father I have personally dealt with bullying in schools. From a parents stand point it’s easy to feel that your situation was not handled adequately. It is important to know that if this is the case, there are mechanisms in place for you to use you remedy the situation. The board has adopted an anti-bullying policy that applies to all students and staff in the district. School counselors and administrators will investigate any bullying allegation and recommend appropriate action.
There are multiple ways for student in SHSD to earn their civic credit. The ones that I support the most are attending Steilacoom Historical School District Board meeting, or any of the local town or city council meetings
If a student is disrupting the education of other students, suspensions may be necessary. All Students have the right to an education, and if a student is violating the rights of other students it may be necessary to remove the disruptive student. This may include internal and external suspensions. Each case should include a meeting with the school counselor and handled on a case by case basis, and on a graduated scale.
Address 3093
Phone (916) 752-2483
Email educationkey4success.jthakor@gmail.com Facebook Page: Jugal Thakor for Dupont Steilacoom Schools
YouTube Video Facebook Page: Jugal Thakor for Dupont Steilacoom Schools
Town where you live Dupont, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Chula Vista Elementary School District Budget Advisory Committee, School Site Council Board Member, working with principal on Student-focused budgets on state provided funds. Treasurer & Board member - Largest home owners association, managing multi-million dollar contracts
College Readiness Index: Steilacoom High School College Readiness Index is 36.5. The best high school in WA state index is 97.5. These scores are measured from Advance Placement classes - A.P. Classes. What this index means is that we are graduating students but we are not preparing them to become successful in college/Universities. These issues are there because SHS does not offer/encourage students to take A.P classes. For example: SHSD do not offer A.P. Technology class. Which will help students getting into UW for Cyber Security or Artificial Intelligence sources. All data suggest that our current board members are are not focused on student's educational achievement. All parents, Teachers & Administration feel that new Board member need to have diversity of thoughts, which can provide 21st century educational opportunities like STEM, Robotics, Technology & multiple languages.
"Education is a civil right". Our public schools are doing wonderful job. Can it be improved? Absolutely. Does it need to go away? Absolutely not. We have great public schools in Washington state. It all depends on what kind of system is formulated & implemented by school board members.
All students are tested and scored as per Federal & State guidelines. Generally testing is a way to establish benchmark for each students.
Currently our elementary schools start times are doing ok. Not many parents have suggested later timings for our schools. Many studies have showed that students success is impacted by a quantity & quality of sleep hours. However I would be open to discussion as per suggestions from parents & administration. There are certain districts which start school very early closer to high school & middle school times. Those timings are not suitable for many young elementary students.
Currently our graduation rates are up to state level or slightly higher. It can definitely improve from where it stands right now. However we are way behind in college readiness for SHSD students. This fails students to succeed in college. Our schools need to improve and do better job for on time graduation with formula for future success.
SHSD does experience higher then normal bullying. There are many types of bullying. Our schools must recognize & address all types of bullying situations with great patience and courage. I believe first course of action should start in very early age during elementary school life. Elementary schools can bring diversity and embrace it. Diversity can be defined by representation of many different race, color, gender, language, experience, ability & strengths. I encourage to follow 3C rule - Core values, Code of conduct & Community service. Schools can create family environment to educate & inform students about how all humans are same but different. In middle school, there can be little more emphasis on Anti-bullying education & families participation, which can help avoid many situations. High School should have proper consequences followed by great encouragement of family friendly environment. Great leaders lead by example. SHSD school board can also lead by example.
Below is a state guideline for Civics credits requirements: In 2009 the Washington State Legislature directed that students of Washington receive an education in civics by passing House Bill 2132 (codified in RCW 28A.230.093). There are six proven practices for enhancing civic education: Classroom instruction, Discussion of current events and controversial issues, Service learning, Extracurricular activities, School governance, Simulations of democratic processes. (http://www.sbe.wa.gov/GradRequirements/Civics.php) SHSD should treat all students as an individual. There are ways to challenge SHSD students to help them achieve their goals. Many school district has come up with different guidelines and requirements for graduation. SHSD can use diversity of thoughts and come up best possible way to help our students.
Overall SHSD does not face this as a huge challenge. However, it does exist. It can be handled in many different ways. Use counselors, Admin & other faculty members. It also depends on level of disruption made in classroom. Administration needs to use all available resources before suspension should be enforced.

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