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  • Skip Bailey
    (NP)

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    Marcus Madler
    (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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Education MBA from UNO in 2013 Bachelors Degree in Finance from UNL in 2008
Current Public Office, dates held N/A
Past Public Office, dates held N/A
Military experience N/A
Volunteer experience - Board Member of Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation since 2015 - Treasurer of the Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation Board since 2019 - Treasurer and Board Member of Sarpy County Historical Society from 2013-2015
Address 504 N Fillmore Street. Papillion, NE 68046
Marital Status Married
Age 35
With the current pandemic, there's at least a chance that the district will need to go full remote again before we're completely in the clear. Knowing that, the district should be prioritizing now how to make sure we can get a device in the hands of all the students that need one so we're ready if it happens. If we do need to go full remote and some students don't have the proper devices, they'll fall behind their peers and the longer than continues, the harder it'll be for those students to catch back up.
For the pandemic, the district needs to make sure the students and staff in the buildings continue to where masks and practice social distancing where they can. I know the schools weren't designed to keep everyone 6 feet apart but the schools should look into all the classroom setups to accomplish this as best as possible. And where they can't keep people 6 feet apart, that's where the mask wearing is essential.

I also think the district should be offering and setting up COVID testing for teachers that want to participate to give them better piece of mind being back in the classroom. This also would allow the district to catch some cases sooner and potentially stop a larger outbreak.
As a board member, I would make sure we have the right policies and people in place to open up more 21st century opportunities to students. This would include working with local Omaha areas businesses to open up more high school internships or even have days for workshops where these businesses can come in to dive into the work that is being done in each to potentially spark interest in a student to pursue a previously unknown career path.

For the teachers, the district needs to continue providing relevant and engaging continuing education courses so teachers stay up to date on the latest technology and trends to better help their students.