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Fayette County Board of Education Division 5

QUALIFICATIONSBoard of Education members must be at least 24 years old, a Kentucky citizen for the last three years, and a registered voter in the appropriate district and voter precinct(s). They must also hold a high school diploma or GED certificate and be in compliance with anti-nepotism state laws, and cannot provide contract services for the school district.TERMMembers of the Board are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis.DUTIESSchool board members are committed to being good stewards of the district's resources, putting the needs of students first and helping all students succeed. The board develops policy that governs the operation of schools; provides visionary leadership that establishes long-range plans and programs for the district; hires the superintendent and issues annual evaluation reports; and sets local tax rates and practices vigorous stewardship to ensure that all school district funds are spent wisely.NOTESThe Board of Education has five members, each representing one of the five school districts. Sources: https://www.fcps.net/board; https://elect.ky.gov/

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    Amy Beasley

  • Camisha Boyd

  • Arnold Farr

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    Amanda "Amy" Green

  • Mark Stringer

Biographical Information

What makes you the most qualified candidate to represent your school district on the Fayette County Board of Education?

What do you see as the most important issue facing our schools and how will you address it?

With state funds for education suffering cuts year after year, how will you plan to continue quality education in the district?

The COVID19 pandemic has had a dramatic affect on education. What measures do you support for addressing the pandemic while addressing the educational and social needs of students?

In recent months, the Black Lives Matter movement has led the way in heightening awareness of systemic racism in our nation. What is the responsibility of our schools to address institutional racism and what actions should it take?

Campaign Phone (859) 576-7124
For the past 19 years we have had a child in Fayette County Public School. I am a mother of 4, 2 have already graduated Tates Creek High School and I currently have 2 there. I have been PTA President and also served on the high school SBDM.
At this moment in time the most important issue facing Fayette County is how we get these kids back to in person learning safely. We need a plan for what that look like no matter what the date is and we need to present that to the public as a united front. There has been some communication struggles with the board and the families.
We will need to see of we can get that funding back and how. We also need to let our teachers teach and worry less about the test scores. If we allow our teachers to teach the kids will learn and the test scores will rise.
We need a plan for returning to school. As we await the boards decision on Monday even if it is no and we don't have a return date I think that it will go a long way with the students if they know we have a plan in place. I think that we need to talk about what it will look like when we can return safely and we need to let our students and parents know. The kids have lots of questions and no one is talking to them.
I believe that no child is born hating anyone, this is learned behavior. We have to change the way these kids think. I am not a person of color so this is nothing that I have ever experienced so to say I can fix would be ridiculous, however I would look to our African American administrators and seek their advice. Not only have they lived through this but they are on the front lines everyday. If I do not have first hand experience or dealing with any subject I am going to look for the experts in that field to help.
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Campaign Phone (267) 252-3630
I have 26 years of experience as an educator. I have also raised four children and put them through the public school system. My experience as a teacher, even at the university level has revealed to me the strengths and weaknesses of our public school system. It is clear that some students are better prepared for life after K-12 than others. This often has nothing to do with the child, but rather, with forms of inequity that impacted the child's learning. As one who has studied and challenged inequality and inequity all of my life I believe that I am uniquely position to recognize and address such issues in our public schools. In Fayette County 49% of our students are students of color and 50% of them are poor or from low income families. These students often not considered when important decisions are made. The assumption by many people that we are all on a level playing field simply makes it certain that nearly half of our students are ignored when decisions are made.
CIVID-19 has disclosed to us the degree to which inequity impacts our children. Children who were already in danger of falling behind their peers are now in more danger. Many families cannot afford computers for NTI, and parents can't afford to be at home with their young children nor hire someone to be with them. I also believe that our curriculum is a problem insofar as it does not adequately represent the history and lives of nearly half of our students. For example; our history courses treat the experience of people of color in a very superficial way. We need to come to terms with how destructive the institution of slavery was and how we are still dealing with the long-term consequences of the dehumanization of non-European people. I believe that deeper conversations about America's darkest moments will lead us to a better understanding of each other and result in the kind of social change that this country and our community needs.
I believe that we need rethink some of our spending. Budgetary decisions must put the students first. So, I would first take a look at items that we may cut. My second approach to funding would be to develop relationships with organizations outside of our public school system. Partnerships with local businesses, community organizations, and government entities might result in donations that will get us through hard times.
First, we need to make sure that we are in constant communication with health experts. Their advice should be followed. We should also have funding available for families who can't afford computers for NTI. Our teachers must be properly equipped with PPEs, the cost of which should not come out of our teacher's pockets. In case of returning to the classroom, our classrooms should be structured so that all persons are able to maintain social distance. Finally, we need to make sure that all of our buildings have proper ventilation since COVID-19 travels through the air.
It has always been clear to me that the ills of our larger society are also present in our school system. Our public school system was developed and it is maintained within a framework of systemic racism and injustice. I am uniquely qualified to deal with the issue of systemic racism in our schools since this issue is one of my research areas. Systemic racism is a topic that I published almost two dozen article on. Some of those article have been translated into other languages. There are three things I would do right away. First, make sure that our board take the complaints by BUILD seriously. Secondly, restore teachers to our Equity Council, Third, implement some form of race sensitivity training in our schools. Finally, we need to re-examine our curriculum so that it reflects the true American experience and not a whitewashed one.
My heart is with the kids. I have a vision for better-than-normal learning for all students. I am a mother, a school volunteer, a current SBDM (Site Based Decision Making) Council parent representative, an active community member, and a professional educator with experience in both public schools and the university level. I have actively participated in all vantage points of our education system and have the humility to listen and learn to all stakeholders: students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members. I do not have all the answers, but I am willing to always listen and learn and grow. I will work tirelessly to ensure our students have a positive and thought-provoking atmosphere in which to learn and cultivate new ideas. The Fayette County Board of Education must foster a community of mutual respect and understanding for our students, families, and staff.
Equity. Equity is providing fairness in resources, opportunities, and outcomes so that all students get what they need to be engaged, successful, and have the ability to pursue a life of happiness. Local schools and their stakeholders need to have the full ability, with proper budget and curriculum options, to meet the unique needs of their students and community. One size does not fit all when it comes to curriculum. Our teachers need to be recognized and respected as a voice for their voiceless students. We need to support and strengthen the social and emotional learning/welfare of all our students and demand opportunities for all students to learn not only academics, but life skills too. If students learn to function as a whole person, they are more prepared to become successful and fulfilled adults. We also must demand historically accurate resources for an equitable education. Curriculum, books, etc. must mirror the experiences of every student, not just the white experience.
Quality education starts with quality teachers. If our teachers know we listen to and respect them, we can go far here in FCPS. We need to offer our educators professional development options that can highlight their unique talents and skills. Let us call upon our own experts within our school community to help us all grow in different skills and abilities. Quality is not quantity, so let's focus on what we have and how we can improve those situations. If there are no new funds coming in, then let us look at how we can move around current funding. I believe in living below your means and that only happens if you consistently reevaluate your financial priorities. Over the past several years there has been a push for district-wide curriculum. Now, let's give some curriculum decision-making power back to the schools and teachers. We need to make sure each SBDM council has the full ability with proper budget and curriculum options to meet the unique needs of their students and community.
The health and well-being of every one of the 42,000 students in Fayette County is my number one interest. COVID19 is an unprecedented health pandemic in our modern society and we need to listen, learn, and rely on the expertise and wisdom of the medical professionals. The goal is to get our children back into school. However, the community is the catalyst that will help make this happen. Let this stop being such a divisive issue and instead let us work towards one common goal. I would vote based on the data and my vote would put the children's well-being first. But there is more at stake than education. There are food, health, and shelter insecurities that families are experiencing right now. We need to continue to work towards meeting those needs through the breakfast/lunch program, backpack program, FRC, etc. We need to support our teachers, for they are doing an extraordinary job. Let us encourage schools and families to address the needs of the whole child.

Public schools are a cornerstone of our society and the injustices and inequalities must be addressed. Now is the time to stand up for those who are not being heard or respected. Our Black and Brown children matter. I support looking at creating a Racial Equity Policy, like JCPS. We need to continue to demand historically accurate resources for an equitable education by updating curriculum and library books to represent everyone's stories and experiences. We need to empower local schools and their stakeholders with the ability to provide curriculum that meets their current populations' need. We need to empower and respect the voice of our teachers, as they may be the only voice for their voiceless students. There must be continual evaluations of disciplinary practices to curb criminalization of Black and Brown kids. The use of police in schools should not include any disciplinary actions or behavior monitoring. We must stop the incarceration pipeline for our Black and Brown kids.
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