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Thurston North Thurston Public Schools School Board 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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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) 438-2765
Email marcia.coppin@gmail.com
Town where you live Unincorporated Lacey
Experience (300 characters max) Raised in Denver Attended 2 years of college Married an Air Force pilot Raised 4 children We moved here so our children could graduate from the same high school and be able to call it home. I have been PTA president many times, I have worked in the district, and have served on the board for 6 year.
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Our district has actually looked at the amount of testing we have done and purposefully eliminated some. There are a lot of ways to evaluate student learning. Testing is one of them. Not all students learn the same way. Not all teachers teach the same way. So testing is not an exact science. Periodical testing is, however, a way to find out if what is being taught is actually being learned. It can identify students that need extra support as well as those who would benefit from added challenge. It can also identify teachers that might need support. Making sure that students have the knowledge and experience to successfully transition to work, college and careers requires a form of measurement.
My personal opinion is that high school students need more sleep. But getting out early in the afternoon allows many to have jobs that they need and time for activities like sports.
Students need a graduation and beyond plan that starts early. Waiting until the Junior year, or worse, the Senior year, to make sure everything is lining up for graduation is often too late. We start talking to students in middle school about navigating that path. Also we have a lot of students that are not engaged in anything outside the classroom, and getting them involved in clubs or sports or service, help them establish a stronger connection with their school and piers.
There should be ZERO tolerance for bullying. The district Positive Behavior Intervention System has been in place for years now. District wide students learn what behavior is expected and positive behavior is reinforced and rewarded throughout the year. Office referrals to the office have dropped dramatically. It has kept more students in the classroom and learning. Along with this they are taught respect, tolerance, patience and compassion.
Our community is always in need of helping hands and volunteers. There are many ways students could gain civic credits through involvement with businesses, charities and organizations. As a board member, my responsibility is only to oversee our district. We have policies in place to give direction which the superintendent interprets for action to be taken. I trust our professionals who are crafting their plans. We will keep an eye on the progress and anticipate creative solutions to ensure those credits are earned.
Suspensions mean that a student is not in class learning. Only serious infractions should merit suspension.
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