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Fremont Public School Board, Dist 1

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  • Pamela Murphy
    (NP)

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    Terry Sorensen
    (NP)

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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?

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Occupation Middle School Teacher in Bellevue NE
Education BS in Education from UNL MA in Curriculum and Instruction University of Scranton
Current Public Office, dates held Board of Education since 2012
Volunteer experience Various church and local organizations
Address 2541 E. 21st Street Fremont, NE 68025
Marital Status Married for nearly 26 years
Age 50
As a veteran educator, I have always been a proponent of ensuring equity of access to up to date technology for ALL of our students. Without this, we intentionally leave our most vulnerable students behind. During my time on the board we have achieved 1-to-1 by putting Chromebooks in the hands of every student. The challenges presented by the pandemic have shown we still have work to do related to ensuring broadband access. Under the board’s direction, access has been enhanced in the areas surrounding neighborhood schools. However, I think we can do better. Future technology purchases that support our 1-to-1 initiative should include devices with cellular data.
This is another area in which the district has certainly improved during my tenure on the board. We have hired a full time security consultant, who is a retired law enforcement officer. We also employ a School Resource Officer through an agreement with Fremont Police Department. The use of security cards and controlled access have also furthered the goal of ensuring student and staff safety. Along with a continued effort to expand access to quality mental health services, I think we are on the right path!

This is another area the board has continued to provide an education that prepares our students for their future. One path is through an agreement with Metro Community College; we have added a state of the art welding lab. Additionally, we continue to enhance other programs that prepare students for employment in various areas within the medical field. Through these efforts our students leave FPS with job ready skills. Also, through partnerships with Midland University and MCC, students are able to take classes and earn college credits at a significantly reduced rate.