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EVERGREEN SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 114 SCHOOL DIRECTOR, DISTRICT NO. 5

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?

Phone (971) 998-7473
Email Ginny@ElectGinny.com
Town where you live Vancouver
Experience (300 characters max) Evergreen School District Foundation Board Member and President - 6 yrs York Elementary PTA President - 5 yrs EOCF Board Member - 6 yrs Junior Achievement classroom volunteer - 8 yrs Leadership Clark County Education Session Chair - 2 yrs Police Activities League Middle School Mentor - 1 yr
High stakes testing for students in high school that will determine whether they graduate or not is one of the most significant challenges that I see facing our district. Students take a test as juniors in High School that will determine their future. There are currently no opportunities for them to make up the test or provide any alternative work to substitute for their failed testing. As a parent of a student that has testing anxiety to know that my child may not graduate because of his testing anxiety, is overwhelming for me. Chris Reykdal of OSPI recently submitted a request to legislation to change graduation requirements. It is reported that nearly 6,000 students from the class of 2017, would be denied a diploma because they had not passed one of the three required exams. The compromise that Chris Reykdal submitted to the Legislation is reasonable and I will continue to support his efforts to ensure our students graduate and eliminate barriers.
I would be in favor of Charter Schools if there was a guarantee that funding would not be cut short for our local Public Schools. Our local school districts already fall short in funding and if the introduction of Charters means that crucial funding would be removed from our Public Schools and reallocated into other education systems, I would not be in support. In addition if Charter schools would be allowed to operate under different guidelines and rules than those of a public school system, such as discriminatory practices towards students and families, I would not be in support as I feel each child should be entitled to a world class education no matter what their family dynamic or background is.
As I have discussed in a previous question, I have some strong concerns with the current testing structure and environment. I believe that our kids should have testing to determine where they are within their education and to see how they are developing as a student. However, I do not think that testing should ultimately take the place of the teacher’s ability to determine how well a student is learning and if they should or should not advance on. There are too many factors to a Childs ability to take test and to have this be the overall deciding factor of their future. Tests do not allow for factors affecting each child. Teachers are with these children each and every day and know their students, we should allow them to continue to use their expertise to guide and teach our children and to ultimately decide if a child has reached each milestone within their schooling.
As a parent that takes her children to school each morning I do not get to my office to begin my workday until 9:30am. This is an inconvenience as a parent. However, the decision to change the times and to allow for later start times did not come lightly. The reasoning behind the start times is for many reasons, first it allows the use of transportation to be more efficient and it allows children to get more sleep. The recent decision to change start times for the High Schools came from extensive research into the fact that students learn better when they have had more sleep and that starting later in the morning would allow them to get more sleep and come to school rested and ready to learn. These decisions are not made lightly and a look at all of the potential negatives are weighed and discussed before making decisions of this nature to ensure that students and parents are not negatively impacted.
I feel that the Evergreen Public Schools is doing a great job working toward a huge goal to a have 100% on-time graduation rate. This is a huge undertaking and we are all working closely together to make changes in systems and to work as a team with students. With the introduction of alternative learning techniques in our high schools, additional support for struggling students, I think that there is great momentum towards the huge goal and I plan to continue to support the efforts. No one wants to see I child fail and we all want to work towards getting every student graduated
I have zero tolerance for bullying of any type. I think that our kids should be able to come to school to learn and feel safe and happy within our walls. Bullying is becoming more prevalent with the increased use of social media and is causing more difficulty for schools to manage. Giving children proper education on the effects of bullying and how their words and actions can drastically affect a fellow student is crucial. Every student that participates in bullying or discriminatory behavior should be held accountable and be subjected to in school discipline.
Civics is a very important aspect of our students education. As a parent, community member and professional, I see great value in our history and government. My plan would be to follow the state law and require all students to have civics education from K-12. If elected to the School Board it will my duty to oversee and make sure that the laws and requirements are being followed as far as the curriculum and the implementation I will leave that to the educated professionals to administer, it will be my duty to ensure that the information is being taught in the classrooms and that the students are learning the material and gaining insight and knowledge of our history and hope that we inspire more students to have a love for each aspect. I recently traveled with my son and his class to Olympia to visit the Capitol, watching the excitement of the students was amazing. They were truly engaged and soaking in all the information, we may have even sprouted some future elected officials.
I feel that students should have consequences for classroom disruption as it takes away from other students trying to learn. However I do not believe that suspension from school for such behavior is reasonable. Sending a child home from school for days as part of a suspension is not helping with the behavior and it is taking away from the students learning. Alternative discipline need to be implemented for students that need discipline but have not exhibited behavior that warrants a school suspension. I know that Evergreen Public Schools has implemented in school suspension so that the student is still in the school and continuing to learn, but is still being disciplined and being provided with assistance to help guide them in a direction that is positive for them and their education.
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