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Kennewick School District 17 Director No. 4

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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  • Michael Connors
    (NP)

  • James Langford
    (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 (509) 396-4067
Email james4ksb@outlook.com
Town where you live kennewick
Experience (300 characters max) no elected experience. I ask children at random academic questions and they are unable to answer. embarrases parents. I get a feeling our schools aren't giving the education it should. I want to find problems and help fix it. The kids should be able to know basic american history to mathmatics.
when I went to school, we had to know how to use our heads. we used paper and pencil. don't dare walk on campus with a calculator. Nowadays, they all go to school with a laptop and internet. if the laptop goes out, will they be able to write things out? can they do simple arithmetic in their heads? Can they read a set of instructions and add one half plus one quarter? I want the high school kids to be able to use their heads as well as they can use google. So I finish with this question- Are diplomas given out in the last 5 years as valuable as the ones given out when we were kids?
1 overpopulation by outsiders moving in to our area and overcrowding our schools. 2 State law does not allow schools to build for the student population they see coming. so by time the school gets built or remodeled, it's already overcrowded. that forces the district to waste money renting portable classrooms. 3 besides the rant about paper pencil and textbooks, how about the lack of teaching about American history? Ask your high schooler what happened at pearl harbor in the 40's. ask them the countries involved in the civil war of the 1860's. ask them who America declared independence from. If you went to a discotec, what would the people be doing. if you used a phonograph, what would you be doing? how many high schoolers can answer at least half of them?
Yeah! Pasco has a tax on new home construction that goes to the school district to help with overcrowding and new school construction. I'd like to see Kennewick adopt a similar tax on new home sales and new"er" home sales, and figure out how to tax those from out of town renting apartments. If you're going to add to the problem, you better add to the solution
I will need to examine the problem, then offer a solution. I didn't know there was a problem here.
If a teacher wants to carry a gun, and is qualified to do so, let them. but don't tell the students who it is. and let the principal determine who needs to know. but just make sure the gun is concealed and safely stored so under normal conditions, only the need-to-know knows who's got one. I thorouly believe in the saying the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. when every second counts, police are only minutes away.
what is the inequality?
the same way it's offered in the primary schools.
all the district can do is provide equal education to all. Some migrant problems may not be the problem of the school district, and fixing it may be the parent's responsibility or just plain too expensive for the district. Do what is reasonable, or what we have to , but remember. we aren't the parent. Our job is to educate, not be a social worker.