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Everett School District 2 Director Position 2 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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    April Berg
    (NP)

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    Brian Hollingshead
    (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?

Phone (206) 963-4437
Email April4SchoolBoard@gmail.com
Town where you live Mill Creek, WA
Experience (300 characters max) -Member of Jackson Highschool PTA -Member of the Everett School District Capital Bond Committee -City of Mill Creek Planning Commissioner -Former Edmonds School Board Director -Former Washington State Elementary Chess Championship Board Director -Founder of the Seaview Elementary
I have previous experience as a School Board Director for the Edmonds School District. I have experience representing the community and communicating the challenges and successes of the district with the community. As a school board member I helped create a vision, goals and plans to improve student achievement. My experience also includes developing policies and directing resources to enhance student improvement and teacher professional development as well as ensuring equity in the programming and resource allocation. Lastly, as a former school board member I have experience in directing the work of the Superintendent.
The three most important issues are growth mitigation planning, a need for more career ready training programs for students and decreasing the disparity in graduation and discipline rates for students of color at our comprehensive high schools.
Specifically I want to work as a school board director with the cities in our jurisdiction to increase the growth mitigation fees that developers pay. I also will create a district plan for bond renewal that will address growth, modernization and replacement of existing buildings.
I will ensure equity of opportunity at all of the schools in the Everett School District by ensuring that all schools have equal access to programs, classes and resources. Through policy changes and collaboration, I will advocate for all students across the district be career and college ready upon graduation.
In order to provide a safe learning environment for all students the district needs to increase hard barriers that will limit the unwanted access to schools. This would include additional fencing at some schools and controlled access at all our high schools. Students should feel safe and provided for at all of the district’s schools. This includes providing resources for additional counseling and mental health services. The district should continue to enhance K-12 social and emotional learning curriculum; increase the number of and resources for school counselors at all schools; and increase mental health awareness activities (like suicide awareness weeks) all schools.
In order to provide racial equity in our schools, we must decrease the disparity in graduation and discipline rates among students of color. Also, our teaching staff must reflect our student body in terms of racial diversity.
Career and technical training should be offered at all of our secondary schools. This training should increase in the Everett School district though collaboration with industry leaders and our local community colleges. Also, the district should provide transportation opportunities for students to access training that is offered school outside of their local school.
My goal is to create learning environments that foster educational excellence for all students. Schools can provide education for homeless, immigrant, refugee and ELL students by helping them meet the needs that they have outside of the classroom. This would include supporting nutrition and housing initiatives that will allow students to focus on school. I would also increase the number of school counselors and support services that provide resources to nontraditional students.
Address 716 33rd St
Phone (425) 339-3642
Email sales@everettofficefurniture.com
Town where you live Everett
Experience (300 characters max) I'm the owner of Everett Office Furniture, which for 20 years, and has successfully handled the needs of the Everett Business Community. I have 2 daughters who have attended Everett Schools. I've been an active member of the Everett Rotary Club & Council President of Our Savior Lutheran Church.
When elected, I will bring a wealth of experience to the Everett School Board. My experience as a small business owner of more than 20 years in Everett has made me a successful problem-solver, personnel manager, and planner. These traits are also essential to the success of the Everett School Board. I'm able to look at situations, and find solutions, both long and short-term. I'm fair, honest, and dedicated to making people who work with me successful as well. In my business, I plan for long-term projects as well as manage day to day workings. These strengths directly apply to the work that is done by the School Board. My time in Everett Rotary Club has given me opportunities to connect with students in a variety of ways. I will use my strengths and experiences to advocate for a student success as a member of the Everett School Board.
With the rapid population growth that is occurring in south Snohomish County, building a new high school in south Everett is a priority. Passing the bond to pay for the construction will be an important focus for me as a member of the school board. We need to work to prevent overcrowding and insure safety in our schools. Our students bring with them a wide array of needs including health concerns, homelessness, learning disabilities ,and mental health concerns. Smaller classes enable teachers and support staff to spend more time with individual students to help them reach their full potential. As our new superintendent and assistant superintendent assume their leadership roles in the Everett School District, they will need the school board's support as they learn more of the needs of the Everett students. I have the knowledge to be an asset them and to the board.
I feel the role of the school board is to provide vision and future plans for the district. The board needs to oversee the hiring of key management people. The board should give input on issues or problems, but its role is not to micromanage on each item. Its role is to help give direction to the Superintendent and the district staff, and help them deal with the most pressing issues the district faces.
Each school has different strengths and weaknesses. As a result, the needs and therefore the opportunities for each school are different. To create a balanced education and equity for all students, the district needs to make sure that each school offers a path for each student to achieve their full potential. Students have diverse backgrounds and aspirations, which is why we can't take a cookie cutter approach to education. The needs of each school and solutions need to be viewed on a case by case basis.
All students should feel safe, protected, and valued at school. Their physical safety must be ensured by having buildings with operational safety features. In additional physical safety includes having protection from physical harm through assault. Emotional safety is just as important as their physical safety. Students must be able to be themselves without fear of bullying, intimidation or harassment. We must have a zero-tolerance policy for any form of hatred. Students should have opportunities to celebrate the gifts that they have and be recognized for their achievements. Building must have safety features that are maintained properly and checked regularly. Creating a physical entry for people entering the building that allows the staff to monitor who is entering is important. There should be only one point of entry for visitors through the front office.
There are multiple approaches that we should be taking in the district as well as at the state level, to help provide racial equality in the schools. Everett Schools are roughly 50% of the student population are individuals of color, while only 10% of teachers are individuals of color. We need to make sure that when Everett School District is recruiting teachers, we advertise the positions with organizations and job posting sites that serve and support people of color. As an administration, we should be reaching out to teaching programs at higher education institutions from all over our state to make sure new teachers know our mission of diversity and inclusivity in the Everett School District.
Creating more educational and career paths for our students is a priority of mine. I’ll prioritize Advance Placement, College in the High School and Running Start for students interested in higher education, while also increasing apprenticeships and skill-based learning for those pursuing a technical vocation. The school board working with the city and local businesses can greatly increase the number of internships and apprenticeships available. This will allow the students to pursue good paying jobs in various trades.
School should celebrate all of the vibrant cultures that our students represent. Teaching by example is a powerful tool. I believe it is important for all of our students to be exposed to teachers with a variety of backgrounds: race, gender, religion etc. It's especially important for our students of color to see teachers and community leaders who look like them, someone they can relate to and look up to. The Everett School District piloted the recruiting Bilingual Educators Initiative, and it is important that they continue to take advantage of these opportunities. It is most important the the district makes sure that students do not fall through the cracks, and are helped to stay on track for graduation.