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Skagit Conway School District No. 317 Director Position 3

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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  • Gwen Halliday (NP) Attorney

  • Amy C. Hughes (NP)

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Biographical Information

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 (360) 770-3046
Email hallidaygwen@yahoo.com
Town where you live Conway
Experience (300 characters max) With 5 years on the Conway school board and being a parent of two boys attending K-8, I have a depth of experience. Having served on the facilities and art committees I have worked with teachers, parents, and community members to ensure the integrity of our school. I am also an attorney.
The most urgent issue facing Conway school district is funding. The next couple years we will be transitioning from local funding to state funding for basic education. It is necessary to be conservative, flexible, and creative, as the legislature begins to fund education. In the meantime, we need levy funding to maintain the district. It is important that our tax rate remain low and that we are good stewards of local tax dollars. A second issue is adjusting class sizes to meet new state mandates. Implementing this mandate requires creative solutions to ensure minimal financial impact. The third issue facing our district is maintaining and improving student academics by incorporating technology and updating the current curriculum to align with common core standards. We have a wonderful district and a supportive community. Working together we can provide a quality education for our students and prepare them for high school and beyond.
We have no charter schools in our district.
The State sets the common core standards and selects the testing standards. Although there may be flaws in the tests, they do provide a baseline measurement from which we can measure student performance. Testing and other measurement tools provide valuable information to our teachers, students, and parents about student performance and progress. Testing also allow us to compare student performance in Conway with performance in other districts around the state. It helps identify specific student needs and allows teachers to tailor their teaching for individual students. As a district it helps us set goals for student performance and is a measurement of student progress. However, testing is just one piece of the information and should not be the sole basis for identifying student needs and progress. Testing has its limitations and is only one measurement of student performance not to be replaced by teacher evaluations and classroom performance.
Conway district "start times" are appropriate for the grade levels. We do not have a secondary school.
Conway does not have a high school. However, it is important that Conway students be well prepared for high school. The district needs to periodically assess the curriculum to ensure our students are provided ample learning opportunities to conquer the challenges of high school. I support adding foreign language and technology options for our middle school students. Conway students are very successful in high school. It is a goal to have every Conway student well prepared for high school and beyond. Creating positive classroom environments, recruiting and retaining stellar teachers, providing adequate technology and resources, and keeping a current curriculum are all key to having our students succeed in high school.
I support Conway's zero tolerance for bullying. The district has specific policies and procedures that address bullying. It is a subject that is continually being addressed though communications with parents and students. I support ongoing education on the issue and having a comprehensive plan to address bullying. The district needs to continue to provide a safe environment to report bullying issues. Incidents of bullying should be fully and timely investigated so, that consequences are clear and timely. Training administration and teachers to recognize it, address it, and stop it is key. Having a full time school counselor is also vital to supporting teachers and students. It is important to provide adequate resources to address bullying issues.
Conway does not have a high school, so we do not need to address this additional graduation requirement. However, students at Conway are encouraged to participate in helping their community. I support Conway in its recognition of students that volunteer in their community and participate in civics projects. My family has been involved in scout pack 4056 and troop 4056 in Conway. Learning about civics and citizenship is one of the tenants of scouting. I welcome the idea of civics credit so our students will become more informed about and involved in our community. .
The Conway district has specific policies and procedures addressing student behavior. I believe that having a full-time school counselor is essential to addressing difficult classroom behaviors. The counselor assists teachers in developing plans to address student behavior and is available to work with individual students. Whether a student should be suspended for disruption in the classroom should be addressed on a case by case basis. I do think we need to provide teachers with adequate resources to minimize classroom disruption so that they can focus on teaching. This includes, student counseling services, administrative support, paraprofessionals, working with individual students and parents and occasionally utilizing outside programs to meet the needs of specific students.
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