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Seattle School District No. 1 Director District No. 6

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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  • Leslie S. Harris
    (NP)

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    Molly E. Mitchell
    (NP)

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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Phone (206)683-1879
Email mitchell4education@gmail.com
Town where you live Seattle, WA
Experience (300 characters max) Experienced educator working directly with students and in administration.
I have been working in education for 20 years. In my 20 year career I have worked to center students furthest from educational justice.. I currently work at Seattle Central College as the director of Student Support programs where my role is to identify and create solutions for students typically marginalized in education. Some specific groups I work with are: students currently and formerly incarcerated, student veterans, students transitioning from foster care and student parents.
Funding, closing the opportunity gap and transportation. .
We need to join together as school board and education advocates and legislative advocates to ensure that education is fully funded. Using an equity lense in funding we need to ensure that we are providing a pathway to success for all learners. Supporting educators and learners through funding is a top priority for me.
Balancing educational opportunities across schools will need to be a focus of the entire board working together and within community, engaging educators, families and community members. The approach to finding solutions will need to center racial equity in policy making. When we serve students furthest from educational justice then we reach all students. We need to work together to increase the investment in public schools and provide increased access to early learning.
I see safety as not only physical safety but social emotional safety. Which means, utilizing culturally responsive teaching and understanding trauma informed care. For safety around discipline I support Restorative Justice Practices and getting to zero detention.
We need to address the opportunity gap, end high stakes testing, provide culturally relevant curriculum and support professional development for educators. We also must address and end the school to prison pipeline with trauma informed education as well as getting to zero detention.
I do believe that technical training can provide an opportunity for some students to be engaged and learn real skills to use in the job market. This is an area for me to expand my knowledge of the options available.
We must continue to support and even expand McKinney Vento. As our cities homelessness crisis continues to excnad it is imperative that we support students who are unhoused. continuing to provide dual language programs and support for educators is a must in supporting non English speaking learners. We need to collaborate and organize with city officials and non profits to find solutions to these problems that include expanding early learning programs.