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Northshore School District No. 417 Director District No. 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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    Bob Swain (NP) Commercial Real Estate Broker & Partner at NAI Puget Sound Properties

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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?

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Phone (206) 794-0443
Email bob@swainforschools.com
Town where you live Kenmore
Experience (300 characters max) My experience as a commercial real estate broker and my public policy experience working for the Washington State Senate has helped me to develop the financial, strategic planning, negotiating, analytical, and listening skills needed to be an effective Director.
There are many issues that can be considered “major issues.” I believe that any issue that impacts a student and their family is as important as the next one. However, from the many parents, administrators, and educators that I’ve meet with, these three seem to be most pressing: 1. Equity & Diversity 2. Special Education 3. Reduced class size & school overcrowding.

However, I see issues 1 & 2 above in the same basket. Our student body is becoming more and more ethnically, culturally, socioeconomically, and developmentally diverse. This diversity inherently creates educational performance and opportunity gaps. We need to make sure that we are fully aware of these issues and adequately address them to ensure that every student is receiving the education, program participation, and social emotional support that they need in order to reach their full potential.

The Northshore School District has an excellent track record of high student achievement overall, with a very high average year over year high school graduation rate, and postsecondary education enrollment. I have not been shown a need for Charter Schools to be established in our District.
I support reducing the overall amount of standardized testing in our schools. There is too much standardized testing and an over-reliance on the scores in assessing student educational progress. Too much testing also puts an undue emotional burden on students and it takes away valuable classroom instruction time.
I support the continuation of changing start times to later times for secondary schools and earlier times for elementary schools, as the research has recommended.
We need to provide additional course opportunities during the school year and in summer school for students to make up for failed or dropped classes that they may need during their secondary school experience.

Our son did not do well in Pre-IB Chemistry and needed to drop it after the first semester. The combination of bad counselling advice and the lack of alternative science course offerings at Inglemoor forced us to pay $450 for him to take an online summer course to make up the credit for him to graduate on time. This situation of having to pay for a class that should have been available at the school is unacceptable. It also creates and equity issue for many families that could not afford to pay for an online class.
It should not be tolerated first of all. However, we need to have more programs that bring students together in their school community so that they can see themselves and their fellow students as loved people with real feelings that matter.

Northshore has implemented an Advisory program in the secondary schools where all kids meet in an Advisory class for 20 minutes, 4 days a week, to engage in social emotional learning activities that help students develop empathy and positive relationships with their fellow students. This is a great example of a creative effort to help reduce bullying.
The health of our society depends upon on our future adults to be better educated in history, social studies, international studies, and other ‘civics’ curriculum. I believe that it is very important for our schools to offer a wider course catalogue to not only help our kids fulfill the requirement, but to provide a more thorough understanding of our world.
“Classroom disruption” can have very broad parameters depending on the grade and the specific situation. However, I believe that student suspension should be a last resort when possible. Keeping kids in the school to learn from their choices should be the goal

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