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Southside School District 42 Director Position 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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  • Matt Jewett
    (NP)

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    Eugenie (Gigi) Olsen
    (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 (360) 280-7073
Email ssparentolsen@gmail.com
Town where you live Shelton
Experience (300 characters max) I served two years as vice president for the Mason County Co-op Preschool board. I am an active community member, volunteering in many areas, including school.
I am a dedicated mother of four, community advocate and volunteer. I have lived in Mason County my entire life and I understand the needs and concerns of the community. I have spent the last 5 years volunteering at Southside, attending board meetings and working closely with the staff and children of the school; gaining perspective on the challenges faced in the district, the positive growth of the students and staff and the concerns of the community which supports it. Being a former business owner and active member of the community, I have the drive and leadership skills needed to serve as an effective school board director.
Fiscal responsibility, class size and staff/administration communication.
It is imperative that the funds in our district be distributed in a way that effectively benefits the students and community it serves. Clear representation of the use of funds should be presented to the community. The community of the Southside district should help decide where these funds are allocated. Keeping administrative costs down is essential.
The needs of each school varies with the students in its population. Schools should be given opportunities based on those needs. Basic needs should be universal, but extra curricula to aid in the growth of students is not one size fits all.
Staff training is paramount when it comes to school safety. Staying current on school safety standards by working with local law enforcement and safety organizations and remaining vigilant in changes and tactics in every facet.
Continuing education in the understanding of equality. Our schools and communities continue to grow demographically. Staff understanding of diversity and sensitivity through training and awareness of the demographics within our community can help promote racial equality for both students and staff.
Through hands on use and guidance with instructors. Technical training and trade skills are vital to our economy and should be widely available to our students through elective classes.
Through fostering an environment of inclusivity and sensitivity. This starts with administration and staff understanding the demographics of the children in their schools. Administration providing training and information on how to better serve these children to the staff and seeking out programs to aid in serving these students needs.