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Bellevue Public School Board

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    Sarah Centineo
    (NP)

  • Jim Moudry
    (NP)

Biographical Information

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?

Education BSN University of Iowa 1997 J.D. Creighton University 2011
Current Public Office, dates held School Board Bellevue Public Schools 2016-current
Past Public Office, dates held none
Military experience none
Volunteer experience Executive Committee, Board Member, Legislative Committee-Nebraska Association for School Boards: Board of Governors- Iowa Association for Justice
Address 1709 Childs Rd East Bellevue , Nebraska 68005
Marital Status Married
Age 46
We have implemented one on one devices, a process that was in place before the pandemic, in order to do our best to make sure all our students have access to tablets and electronic learning tools. Broadband availability was studied by our district and that issue is being addressed on a student by student basis. It is important to recognize if the lack of availability was to due to service deficiencies or economic issues. To my knowledge we have not experienced significant gaps in coverage in our area, which I know we are grateful for.
There is no magical answer to this problem, unfortunately. What we are doing and will continue to do is address the socio emotional issues our students have and provide resources to staff to handle these issues. Trauma in children is one of the biggest barriers to learning. We have to identify and address these issues with our students and their families.

Safety of our teachers in the classroom is of the utmost importance. Communication with building and district administration is critical, we need the teachers to be able to talk honestly about what they ae seeing so that it can be addressed.
For Teachers: as a member of the NASB, I work with a statewide coalition to address the issues of teacher shortages. We have to work with higher education in order to ensure the training and education are available for future teachers. We also partner with higher education for student teacher internships and we implemented the Cadre program which has been successful in Bellevue.

For Students: we have increased the accessibility of our AP courses to students, making these courses and the subsequent AP exams more accessible has encouraged students who were "on the bubble" to try something they might not have. We have also done away with traditional class ranking systems which was really an artificial and oft manipulated system that did not benefit students. We have added a new automotive lab and partnered with a local community college to offer real on the job training to those interested students. Showing and offering students different pathways to success will help more students.
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