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Gary E. Bradley-Lopez (N) Full-Time Student

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Personal Biography I am currently a college student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in my last semester with an anticipated graduation date of December. As you can tell that hasn’t allowed me to have much of a Professional work background. When I graduated from Wyandotte High School in 2019 my first job was as an Assistant Debate & Forensics Coach at Wyandotte High School. I was the youngest employee in the school, but my focus was assisting the head coach in preparing each student for their tournaments
Campaign Address 437 N 22nd St
Campaign Phone (913) 250-7330
Campaign Email Garyforusd500@gmail.com
Education AA - Kansas City Kansas Community College 2018 BA - University of Missouri - Kansas City 2019
Community/Public Service • 1st District Representative: Commission on Human Relations & Disability Issues for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County. • Former Student Senate President- Kansas City Kansas Community College • Student Leader- Fringe Benefits of Education • Member- National Advancement Association of Colored People • 3rd District Chair/ Former Second Vice-President - Kansas Young Democrats • Chair/ Former Vice-Chair – Wyandotte County Young Democrats • Former President- Kansas City Kansas Community College Young Dems • Precinct member- Wyandotte County Democrat Central Committee • Student Representative- KCKCC College Board • Student Representative- Presidential Search Advisory Board
Address 437 N 22nd St
Campaign phone 913-250-7330

Why are you running for this position, and what particular experience, skills or resources will you be able to bring to it if elected?

As a USD 500 alumna I recognize the help and opportunities that I received when I was a student. I was a student who was classified Special Ed, I had an IEP (Individualized Education Program), I lost a year of my education when my mother was deported to Mexico, received poor scores in any standardized test, and had trouble retaining any information, Never the less I was fortunate to have parents, teachers, and a support group that helped me graduate and do well. As I now have cousins, nieces, and nephews who attend the school district I recognized that everyone isn’t as fortunate to have a support group like me, therefore I made it my mission to help and give back to the same community that help shape me into the person that I am today. I believe every student deserves to have a support group that is behind each student helping push them to the finish line of success, I am running because students deserve a school board member that is always a voice for them.

What is the most pressing need for students in your school district?

The most pressing need for students in USD 500 is adequate accessibilities and tools in order to be educationally fit and prepared when students leave the districts. With that being said we have to over look the curriculum, teaching methods, test scores, identify the problem and look for solutions that allow our students to be academically prepared when they leave USD 500.

What is your assessment of the district’s student-to-teacher ratio?

My assessment of the district's student-to-teacher ratio is that we have around 22,000 students in USD 500 but currently lack the teachers to have proper class sizes. Because of the lack of teachers we are packing students in classes which is not a healthy form of learning styles. When classes are big students and teachers lose that one on one and personal connection with each other which is crucial in being able to teach students. This is a big issue in urban school districts therefore we need to find initiatives and solutions to recruit and find more teachers.

How can the district attract more qualified teachers?

After speaking with many teachers from USD 500, and hearing stories of those who are leaving USD 500, pay for our teachers is on a lower level than many school districts that surround us. For many teachers it is easy to get a start at USD 500 but once they have the experience under their belt and resume it is often easier to leave and go to a different school district with more financial stability, more support, and less stress. We need competitive pay. We need to provide the proper support for our teachers so that they can be successful without students. We need to change the negative connotation that USD 500 has, that scares applicants away. We also need to find a more faster way of looking over applications, I have spoken to many of my friends who have graduated from college with an education degree and applied to the USD 500 school district as well as other districts but USD 500 replied too late, by the time USD 500 responded they already accepted another offer.

As a school board member, what action would you take to be transparent and accountable to families, teachers and staff in the district?

As a school board member the action I would take to be transparent and accountable to families, teachers and staff in the district is by having constant communication with these groups. For families we need to have a stronger form of communication and that is by being tech and social media savvy and using those resources, I plan on giving an update after every meeting on social media, and great an email list to send email to parents about important dates and crucial board meeting information. Since I am not to have direct contact with teachers and staff, I would use my connection with the superintendent to create an important line of communication. I would also commit to have a meeting or event whether it is a Q&A, Listening session or workshops to build relationships with the community and all the following groups.

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Yolanda S. Clark (N)

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Monica Crowe (N) Customer Service

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Personal Biography 58 years old, Born in KCMO. Moved to KCKS 34 years ago. Married with 2 daughters. Involved with PTA & Schools for over 25 years. A member of Alcott Arts Center Board, Served as State President of KS PTA 2017-2019, served on 1st KS Governors Education Council in 2018.
Campaign Address From my home
Campaign Email crowemonica@yahoo.com
Education High School Graduate
Community/Public Service Involved in PTA for over 25 years, Member of Alcott Arts Center Board. Served on 1st Governor's Council in 2018. Served on the KC Strong Bond committee.

Why are you running for this position, and what particular experience, skills or resources will you be able to bring to it if elected?

I have been involved in PTA for over 25 years and have worked with the district, administrators and school board members during that time. I have worked with 3 different superintendents. After my last child graduated from high school my connection was more from my position as State President of PTA than, that of a parent. I have noticed in the past few years that the focus of some of the Board Members seems to have changed the way things are done. The Board has specifc Goals as written in there handbook, including Board Charge, Board Vision and Board Mission, and a list of Strategic Priorities. I do not like the direction and focus that the current Board is moving in. I belive that all children need are entitled to a quality education and that it is provided in a safe and respectful enviroment, I do not feel that is what is happening. I joined PTA to show my chidren the importance of being involved, I was encouraged by my chidren to run for the School Board for the same reason.

What is the most pressing need for students in your school district?

There are a few things, ensuring we have enough qualified teachers and staff in all buildings, the most current instructional programs for the most effective learning experiences, the funding to provide these materials, involved parents and community to help our students reach their full potential and a school board that can work together effectively on behalf of all students and families.

What is your assessment of the district’s student-to-teacher ratio?

There is a Nationwide shortage of teachers, so it's not just in our state. But with stated, there is no magic number on how many teachers need to be in each class. Different classes might require more teachers than others. Here a couple of examples: Middle school band class is where they teach how to play the instruments vs high school band class where they already know how to play. Science/STEM/ STEAM classes would reguire more hands on instruction than American History. Kindergarten where more skills are being taught than 5th grade would reguire more assistance.

How can the district attract more qualified teachers?

That is the magic question. Teachers now are being asked to do more than they have ever been asked before, due to new regulations, policies from Federal and under ESSA State requirements. Providing the tools and training to do there jobs, ensuring they have the most safe and secure buildings to do them in, proving positive, encouraging and supplemental administration and staff as support. And assisting in possible ways to ensure they receive equal pay.

As a school board member, what action would you take to be transparent and accountable to families, teachers and staff in the district?

The majority of School Board meetings are open to the public, there are very few, very specific items that need to be done in Executive session. USD500 also posts all minutes of the meeting within a few days after the meetings and are video taped and are available on U tube and public education channels on local stations, All board members names are listed on the website. USD500 also goes to different schools 3 or 4 times a year and holds meeting there. I would encourage this practice to continue and possibly expand.

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Karen French (N)

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Janey Humphries (N)

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Brenda C. Jones (N)

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Randy Lopez (N)

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Hattie L. Smith (N)

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Joseph A. Straws III (N)

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Frieda Tresvan (N)

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Valdenia C. Winn (N)

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