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Omaha Public School Board, District 9

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  • Tracy Casady
    (D)

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    Erik Servellon
    (D)

Biographical Information

How can schools use technology to foster better equity and educational outcomes?

What can be done to ensure the safety of students and teachers in our schools?

What role, if any, should charter schools have in the Nebraska educational system?

Current Public Office, dates held Omaha Public Schools Board of Education, Subdistrict 9
Education Master of Arts, Communication - University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2012; Bachelor of Arts, Journalism/Public Relations, Creighton University 1997
Volunteer experience Relay for Life of Greater Omaha, volunteer Girls on the Run, Run Buddy
Technology is key in our schools for so many reasons and is an area that is constantly changing. Having the right technology and continuing to keep the technology up-to-date is critical. Our schools use technology each day to teach students and prepare them for the future and any career they may choose - technology is everywhere. Technology is for everyone, it has no bias and it does not discriminate. Technology is key to providing ALL students the best possible educational outcome.
Safety has become an issue that is much larger than it once was with regard to our schools. Now, we face safety concerns in every facet of our schools, from the front door to our playgrounds. Many positive steps have been taken to increase the safety of our students and staff. Ensuring that our budgets allow for funding for new technology that supports safety, such as video security devices for our entrances, SRO's in our most vulnerable schools and building security personnel, to name a few.
I am in favor of school choice and parents making the best choice for their family. Charter schools are a viable choice for many, but they are at a cost. Public schools are free, they are available to all and are a wonderful education choice! I believe that state and local taxes must continue to support our state's public schools. Our public schools are vital and necessary for so many who would otherwise not be able to afford an education. Public schools need continued financial support.
Current Public Office, dates held None - I hope this will be my first office served!
Past Public Office, dates held None - all previous service has been military and volunteer work.
Education Masters of Public Administration - UNO Bachelor of Art, UNO Omaha Central, Class of 2005 Lewis and Clark Middle School Yates Elementary
Military experience Sergeant, Nebraska Army National Guard, 2008 - Present; Deployment to Afghanistan as a Flight Medic, 2016-2017
Volunteer experience Board Member, OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc Board Vice President, Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership President, Metro Young Latino Professionals Association Board Vice Chair, Learning Community Foundation
Remote learning has made technology even more important. At the same time, COVID has shown us that technology is another gap that affects students that come from lower socio-economic status. Investment in technology is needed to provide students with uninterrupted access to the internet and the tech support needed to keep their iPad or computers running. This investment must be spread equitably across ALL schools with special attention to North and South Omaha.
Safety is the most important thing when it comes to student and teachers. Safety requires a comprehensive approach that starts with investing in mental & physical health resources, getting away from punitive forms of punishment for students, and stronger training for staff members to identify and respond to a myriad of situations. It is not enough to hire more safety officers or to invest in physical security equipment, we have to tackle the causes that create danger at school.

None. I unequivocally oppose charter schools. I am a product of OPS and the Nebraska educational system and will always fight to generate stronger investment into public schools.