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South Kitsap School District No. 402 Director District 2

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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  • John R. Berg

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    Glenny Compton

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 (360) 728-6382
Town where you live Port Orchard
Experience (300 characters max) Was a Machinist with PSNS Apprentice Program. An Instruction and Classroom Tech for the Medical Assisting Program at Olympic College. Many years as a volunteer parent. Organized,volunteer, coordinate various conferences, events with local/state groups, & voter registration. On SK CTE advisory board.
I’m a first-generation American, the daughter of immigrants, who grew up within two very different and distinct cultures. I have experience working in a wide variety of work environments including clinical, trades and educational and have experienced first-hand the rapid changes happening within our labor market that place different demands on the next generation of young people who will be transitioning from their educational environment and into this new job and career landscape. Likewise, my education in both the medical field as well as the trades provides me with a very diverse, current and relevant perspective regarding what we need to be preparing our students for tomorrow.
1) Updating schools from “college ready” to “career ready” to better meet the needs of modern America's labor market 2) Transparency with our community 3) High school population
We need a complete modernization and overhaul of the 60+ year-old message that we are delivering to our youth that is predominantly about “college ready”. There is opportunity for those who seek a traditional college/university degree but today’s students need to understand how essential proper labor market research is prior to graduating high school. Additionally, with drastic shortages of tradespeople in the labor market we cannot afford to continue presenting traditional colleges & universities as “the goal” or “the best choice” for all our children. Rather, college is an equally valuable choice alongside the trades and our students should receive an equal and fair representation of these choices, especially in middle and high school. Increase partnership with our local Washington State WorkSource who represent the modern labor market.
I would suggest a required audit schedule for all schools that compares which classes are offered at our schools and then doing a comparison to determine where a disparity exists. These disparities would then be investigated/examined to learn why they exist and a committee would be formed to generate ideas on correcting it with an appropriate timeline and goal date set. Students at every one of our schools should be receiving the same or as close to identical as possible regarding electives. This would be especially true once they arrive at our middle schools.
I cannot assure that by myself. That requires the input and decision-making process of the school board and school administration. We recently implemented several new safety protocols at SKHS (and perhaps other schools in the SKSD, I need to do some more information gathering) in regards to safety. Locked doors during class times, point-of-entry, enhanced use of cameras etc. And yet, with these protocols in place, a violent incident occurred where one student was able to draw a knife and stab his attacker. It is noteworthy that the first person on scene who disarmed the young man with the knife was not a member of the security team but rather the school Principal. It seems to me that we need to re-examine our safety measures and see if they are truly accomplishing what we believe they are accomplishing. We need to be prepared to accept that we may have to seek more input, studies from experts.
I prefer the term “ethnic” or “ethnicities” etc. to “race” or “racial”. The most important concept and understanding that people need to have regarding different cultures (of which ethnicity is one example) is PERSPECTIVE. People in a position of authority, those that wield the power to bring about change within our schools, must understand that people from different cultures have different perspectives even when experiencing or viewing the same thing. We may be looking at the same thing as somebody else and yet we are seeing two very different things. When we don’t have this understanding, we have conflict. It is nice when we are able to gain a degree of understanding regarding what another person sees, but it is not necessary. What IS necessary is that regardless of whether we can understand their different perspective or not, they have a different perspective and that must be respected. Listening is the key. Do we implement this within the SKSD?
BRING BACK THE SHOPS! Beginning in our middle schools, our students should be required to have some exposure to metal shop, wood shop but with modernization to better represent the modern American labor market demands. (Combine them with technical drawing? Drafting?) Perhaps some pre-medical classes as well. When students arrive at the high school, there should be more advanced classes waiting for them that draw from those students who were exposed to the various technical training classes in middle school. Electrician, welding, fire technology, CNA/pre-MA, HVAC are just a few examples. (I believe that SKHS already has a great Auto Tech class.)
This can only be accomplished by seeking partnerships from local groups who represent, serve and assist those youth who face these challenges. We must acknowledge that we don’t necessarily have all the answers and can learn a lot from those people with more expertise and experience in these areas. Specifically regarding homeless youth: I would like to see what resources SKSD has invested in researching that homeless youth all have a means of transportation to get to their schools AND, if there are shortcomings, what can we do to make sure that EVERY student has the means to get to school? Do our schools have places where homeless students can, if needed, shower and tend to other needs with dignity, safety and privacy? Do we enjoy partnerships with groups who are experienced in feeding homeless youth? There is little point in speaking to youth about their future if they are full of anxiety just trying to get through the day or the week regarding a safe place to stay, shower, eat etc.