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  • Elliott Adams
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  • Nicole Hawkins
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    Gail A. Jamison
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    Sara P. McDonald
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Biographical Information

What do you see as the biggest successes in the Public Schools and what areas do you see could use some study and/ or changes?

A lot of schools district have not been= able to recruit enough teachers to fill all positions with certified teachers.. Last year the Wichita district had to start the school year with 80 positions filled by long term substitutes . What do you think can be done to perhaps help solve this problem?

What strengths do you think you bring that will make you a useful member of the on the Board of Education?

What is your view about Kansas state revenue funding going to support tuition to non-Public schools if a family chooses to send their student there?

What is your opinion of the Ks Supreme Court’s ruling on the Gannon case about adequate and equitable funding for Kansas Public Schools?

What ideas would you like to have the Board explore to enhance the schools in this district if you are elected?

What do you think the school district should add or take away from its policies or practices.

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Personal Biography I formerly worked in advertising, marketing and special events. I am married to Fred Jamison; our three children are Goddard graduates. Since 1996 I've been a district volunteer including service as a board of education representative and officer. Currently I serve as Goddard Advocates for Public Education President and Director of the Speak Up For Kansas Kids Network. I am a Goddard Education Foundation board trustee.
Campaign Phone (316) 794-8113
Campaign Email gailjamison@sktc.net
Education Graduate of Oklahoma State University, (1979) B.S. Radio and Television Sales and Management, B.S. Speech Communication Consultancy
Community/Public Service Vice President of Goddard Woman's Club, Goddard Puppet Lady program to promote early literacy skills for children, Goddard Public Library Strategic Planning Team, Goddard Education Foundation Board Trustee, Sedgwick County Child Advocacy Center Heroes Gala Committee, Kansas General Federation of Womens Clubs HOBY (Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership) State Chairperson
Address 22 S. Lakeview Drive, Goddard, KS 67052
1. Notable successes in our public schools are the growth of the career & technical education pathways and the STEM programs. Another success is the collaboration between our public schools, colleges and universities, community and businesses to provide students with skills for post-secondary and career readiness in the workforce. 2. Areas benefitting from continued study include the dyslexia taskforce, anti-bullying initiatives, social and emotional well-being of students, and school safety. 3. Positive changes for students would include an investment in early childhood programs, additional year-round education opportunities, and the hiring of additional counselors. Positive changes for educators include providing for competitive wages, benefits, and professional development. Maintaining smaller class sizes would help our teachers better meet all students' needs and improve student success.
Teacher salaries have lagged behind other professions nationally, and teacher salaries have fallen behind the national average in Kansas. Funding cuts to education in Kansas after the recession, tax cuts and loss of state revenue impacted school districts’ abilities to recruit, hire, adequately compensate and retain quality educators. Teacher retirements and a decline in students entering the teaching profession are also contributing factors to the teacher shortage. To solve the problem, districts will need to allocate additional funding to address teacher pay. A career in education must be viewed as respected and one that provides a living wage. The transition to teaching programs will help with more immediate needs to prepare qualified individuals for the classroom. Currently, two pilot programs are working to address elementary and special education teaching licensure through additional college coursework.
Leadership, district knowledge, education policy and funding advocacy are strengths that will help me be a productive member of the board. My past service as a former USD 265 Board of Education representative and board president have provided me with board training and leadership experience. Service as a bond campaign co-chairperson and a Goddard Education Foundation trustee have provided me with additional leadership opportunities. I have a strong knowledge of the district through participation on site councils, advisory committees and bond campaigns since 1996. For the past six years, I've been involved with education advocacy for public schools. As President of Goddard Advocates for Education I communicated information to district and community members during each legislative session. As Director of the Speak Up For Kansas Kids Network, I have worked with other parent groups and school districts across the state in support of school funding and pro-public education policy.
I do not support use of public funds for non-public schools.
I support the court ruling that found the state had substantially complied with the Kansas Supreme Court's order in the Gannon school finance case. This ruling resulted in a multi-year funding plan to provide constitutionally adequate and equitable funding. I also support the court retaining jurisdiction until the planned funding has been successfully phased in.

As a member of a board team, I believe the direction of the district will be guided by the mission to educate all children for lifelong success and the district’s strategic plan. A new strategic plan will be developed to provide a directional roadmap for our district. I believe our district will continue to provide the best education and opportunities for our students, beginning at birth and preparing them to be college or career ready when they graduate. This will include working collaboratively with our students, parents, community, business and legislative partners. I see the expansion of early childhood programs, at-risk programs, STEM and career and technical education programs as educational enhancements. Improving special education services for students should also be a priority. Being able to recruit, develop and retain the best educators and staff will be important in the district's mission to educate all students for lifelong success.
Policy or best practices are guided by the administrative team in the best interest of the district. Legal counsel is involved in reviewing policy before it arrives to the board of education. As a former board of education representative, I have been involved with that procedure and I trust the process.
Personal Biography After receiving my teaching degree, I taught Math, Technology and Kansas History during my 39 years in the Goddard School District. During my teaching career I was very active in the Goddard Education Association. I served as an officer and as chief negotiator. During my 12 years on the board, I have served as vice-president and president. I have been on the negotiations team for the past 12 years and as the Goddard representative to the Sp.Ed. Board of Directors for 8 years.
Campaign Phone (316) 729-0498
Campaign Email saramc1@cox.net
Education BA, Friends University MA in Ed., Emporia State University 60+ Graduate hours after my Masters
Community/Public Service Goddard Board of Education for 12 years, Goddard Women's Club for 2 years
In the Goddard District I see one of our biggest successes to be in the development of the Career Technology Pathways program and the Project Leads The Way science program. These programs have been a great benefit to our students. At the present time we are studying our current special education model and reorganizing it to go from a 9 member InterLocal to a 4 member Cooperative model. We think this will provide us the opportunity to better integrate our special education and regular education services for our students.
The first thought is that we need to pay our teachers a competitive salary. It is difficult to recruit when the business world offers a better salary and benefits. We need to acknowledge that our teachers are working with our most precious and valuable resource, our children, and we need to pay them accordingly. It is so important to respect them for the job they do.
I am a life-long educator and learner. I have held many leadership roles as both an educator and a board member. I can bring my perspective of being a Goddard teacher and what I have learned during that time to the board table.
Our country was built on the foundation of a free public education. Everyone, no matter where they came from or their circumstances, has the right to a public education. Every public dollar given to non-public schools only further erodes our public school system. If public funds are going to be allocated to non-public schools then they must be held to the same accountability and accreditation standards as the public schools.
As an educator, I just want the legislature to fully fund our schools so we can provide the quality we know our students need and deserve. The schools have gotten promises at both the state and federal levels that they would fund programs needed for our students and then they reneged on those promises. That is why the Gannon case was necessary. It shouldn't matter where a student lives, they should all have the same opportunity for a quality education. Our children are our future, lets give them the best opportunity to be successful after finishing their education.
I would like for us to continue to explore a comprehensive early childhood program that will provide our students the tools they need to be successful in school. This will need to be an integration of Parents as Teachers, Special Education pre-school, regular education pre-school and the At-Risk 4 Year Olds programs. Research has shown that students who are kindergarten ready have a better chance of a great start for their K-12 school years.
We have recently revised our policies. Our administrative staff is good at bringing policies to the board that need to be changed, added or deleted. One example would be the addition of a ban on electronic smoking devices in our tobacco policy. Our Human Resources department works closely with the Kansas Association of School Boards to be sure we are compliant with State and Federal laws.

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