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Everett School District 2 Director Position 1 At Large

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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    Jamyang Dorjee Nhangkar

  • Andrew J. Nicholls

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?

Phone (425) 478-2620
Town where you live Bothell
Growing up in South East Asia, my parents made huge sacrifices so my siblings and I could get the best possible education they could afford. I am where I am in life because of the benefits of that education I received. Here in America, education is a basic right and it is free and here in the Everett School District it is good. But despite the academic successes of the district there are still many challenges. Bridging the achievement gaps, social emotional learning, providing more and better opportunities for our students through CTE to name a few. With my diverse background, point of view and perspective I feel I can contribute toward the continued success of the school district. The knowledge I've accumulated and the issues I've tackled in the 9 months of my service I feel gives me a significant level of advantage over the other candidates.
Finding long-term solutions to overcrowding of our schools and aging facilities. Bridging the achievement gap so that all students are performing at a high level. Continuously working to ensure that our students feel safe and welcome in our schools.
It is a rather complex issue. The building of new schools is controlled by voters through bonding. We have a job to educate our voters on the dire need for capacity to be able to keep up with student population growth. The risks of over capacity affects the quality of education and safety in our schools.
By ensuring that all of our students have equal access and opportunity to succeed in school through courses offered whether it's Advanced Placement, gifted programs or special needs. By removing barriers that may exists for students and families who want to access these opportunities whether it's costs, transportation, etc.
By establishing clear school policies and reinforcing goals to make sure the school district's anti-bullying, harassment and non-discrimination policies are current, reflect district guidelines and include clear definitions and procedures. Being public and purposeful about being inclusive. Involving families and community. Teaching civics. Responding promptly to and effectively to harassment of any kind.
For racial equality and equity to work it must be able to exist in a capacity to impact policies, procedures and practices. We have to continue our partnerships with culturally specific organizations to provide family engagements in schools with highly culturally diverse populations Create a culture of self awareness and respect, acknowledge our own personal biases and seek to understand others with different experiences. Provide professional development to increase cultural competencies. Provide culturally relevant teaching that explores issues with diverse communities. Provide explicit lessons on race, cultural misunderstandings and struggles our country as faced when addressing racism.
The districts current program offers both academic as well as real world and real life skills. Courses that introduce students to regional careers in high demand. In today's economy most of these are in the STEM related fields. The school district offer pathways to students by aligning with both industry and academic standards. There are certificate and apprenticeship programs and associate and bachelor degree programs. With partnership with the City of Everett through a program called Career Link, the school district partners students with employers for internship opportunities.
Children and youth living in the US have the right to attend public schools regardless of their immigrant status. The school district's Kids in Transition program works to eliminate barriers to students' academic success and extra curricular participation. It ensure homeless students whether they are refugee or immigrant have school supplies and provide tutoring and facilitate student participation in extended days or summer school classes. The program pays for fees for the students, transportation, and other costs.
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