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Highline School District No. 401 Director District No. 5

4-year term. No salary, but 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 – a focus on student achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process; Structure – prudent financial planning and oversight, as well as diligent and innovative policy-making; Accountability – specific goals and a process for evaluating, reporting and making recommendations for improvements; and Advocacy – championing 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 its 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 board sets policies and approves all spending via the budget. It also sets salaries for school district employees.

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  • Fa'izah Bradford

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    Jeanette Burrage

Biographical Information

What unique qualities about yourself, your experiences, and your education separate you from the other seekers of this office?

What, in your opinion, are the three most pressing issues facing your school district at this time?

How would you address the one at the top of your list?

How would you balance educational opportunities between schools?

How would you assure the safety of all students in your schools?

What are the issues that need to be addressed to provide racial equality in the schools?

How should technical training be offered in the secondary schools?

How can the schools provide adequate education for homeless, immigrant, refugee and non-English speaking children at all levels?

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Address Same as mailing
Phone (206) 824-2233
Town where you live Des Moines
Experience (300 characters max) Served on the Des Moines City Council and served on the Economic Development Committee City representative on the South King County Transportation Board Treasurer, North Hill Community Club Boy Scout parent committee chairman Chairman of Finance Commission at church
I have worked at the Highline School District both as a substitute school teacher for 2 1/2 years and as a school bus driver for over 4 years. I have experience in budgeting through my work as a hospital budget analyst, a financial consultant, and my work on the Des Moines City budget as a member of the Des Moines City Council. I collaborated with other Council members on many issues including transportation, economic development, waste water management and working with the Highline School District.
First, their is too much bullying going on. Second, the school buses are not safe as their are not enough drivers and the ones we do have are stretched too thin. Office workers sometimes fill in and drive school buses. Third, Getting parents involved in their children's education has begun in Des Moines Elementary, but needs to be expanded in many other schools.
I think a survey needs to be done where students can be shielded from bullies. We need to discover how many students are bullies, what they demand, and what are their tactics. Each school will have it's own problems with bullying and these need to be addressed.
Educational opportunities are balanced by giving students from all Highline high schools access to alternatives in high school such as the occupational skills center and alternative activity high schools. Also, almost every school has a parent contact person and this needs to be expanded to include Marvista Elementary
First by addressing the bullying problem in our schools. Also, the safety of students on school buses needs to be improved. The wages and conditions of employment need to be competitive, so we attract and keep qualified drivers and monitors. This will take action not only in the Highline District but also across the state as other districts have this problem as well. Highline's problem is more pronounced because of the below standard working conditions here.
I believe hiring more teachers of color will help students feel less racial tension. Also, integrating accomplishments by people of color into regular studies rather than saving them for a special day or week would be helpful.
The Highline District already has an occupational skills center with things like cooking, tailoring and dental assistant programs. We also have an alternative high school, but I would like to see more students be able to use these programs.
The Highline District already has bus service for homeless students and lots of English as second language classes.