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Leyton School Board, Dist 3

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    Susan M Ernest

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How can your school district improve its use of technology, including broadband access, to foster better equity and educational outcomes?

What can be done to ensure the safety of students and teachers in your school?

As a school board member, how do you best advocate for your district's teachers and students in preparing students for the 21st century job market?

Occupation We recently sold our radio station, where I spent 20 years, and now work with my husband farming
Education I have a B.S. in Education and a Minor in Vocational Special Needs from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. I taught Special Education from 1990-1994 in Lodgepole, NE. I was a substitute at Lodgepole, Sidney and Leyton for 6 years.
Current Public Office, dates held I do not currently hold any public office.
Past Public Office, dates held I was elected to the Leyton Board of Education in 1999 and served from 2000-2008. I served as Secretary for many years.
Volunteer experience I have volunteered in many ways in my communities. I was a volunteer coach for 10 years for various sports. Soccer, T-Ball and coach pitch for boys and girls teams. I served on the Cheyenne County Community Center's Board of Directors for 6 years.
Address 5655 Road 139 Lodgepole, NE 69149
Marital Status My husband Jim and I were married in June of 1989. We celebrate our 31st anniversary this year.
Age 54
I do believe the Leyton District to be very up to date on this technology. Being in a rural area, it is a challenge to have adequate access, but that has improved over the years.
Our district takes the safety of students and teachers/staff very seriously. The buildings are all closed to the public and you must be allowed in via a security camera. There are also cameras in all hallways and the gyms.
I believe that there needs to be an emphasis put on the trades. Students need to be given wider choices and experiences that will help them make a decision for what path they choose in life. For many years, emphasis has been put too heavily on the 4 year college route and we have ignored a large part of the students who never felt that a 4 year college education was for them. By allowing some experience in multiple career areas, we better prepare students to make the choice that is best for them.
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