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Tumwater School District No. 033 School Board Director, District No. 1

4-year termNo Salary, some districts offer small per diem for evening meetings. School Board Members or “directors” – are the elected governing body of the school district, serving four-year terms. The school board’s governance responsibilities fall in four major areas: Vision – focuses the work on student achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process; Structure – provides prudent financial planning and oversight; diligent and innovative policymaking; Accountability – sets specific goals and a process for evaluation, reporting and recommendations for improvements; and Advocacy – champions public education in the local community and before state and federal policy makers. The School Board sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional district Superintendent and certificated teaching staff and personnel. One of the critical duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any school levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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Of three major issues facing your district, which one is the most urgent?

What is your position on Charter Schools as a part of your public school system?

What is your position on testing of your students?

What is your opinion on "start times" for elementary and secondary school?

How can the on-time graduation rate be improved?

How should bullying be addressed?

What would be your plan to see that your school district students earn their civics credit required by the new state law?

What is your opinion of student suspension for classroom disruption?

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Phone (509) 869-8256
Experience (300 characters max) Mathematics teacher: - Harrison HS, Harrison MT - 1 year - Thompson Valley HS, Loveland CO - 19 years - Post Falls HS, Post Falls ID - 1 year - Ferris HS, Spokane WA - 13 years - Black Hills HS, Tumwater WA - 3 years
Without a doubt, school funding will be a major issue facing the district. As the details of the new state budget plan unfold every district will face major decisions in adjusting budgets based on the new allocation of state funds balanced with the change in local levy dollars. The task will be to best utilize those dollars for the biggest impact on student learning and growth.
As districts strive to educate all students we must look at every option available. Alternative types of schooling need to be explored. Charter schools which provide options for students could be a good thing, but these options cannot be at the expense of regular schools. My preference would be to explore alternatives within the existing public school setting.
Periodic testing must take place to measure academic progress towards state learning standards. The challenge is to maintain focus on classroom instruction and learning and not on test preparation. As students progress through the system we must have some objective method of measuring their progress for the purpose of implementing interventions or extensions. These objective measurements also provide educators with feedback for adjustments and improvements in curriculum and instruction.
Start times should be based on maximizing student learning. School start times should be adjusted to meet this need.
On time graduation rates can be improved by early intervention. We need to make sure that as students progress through each grade level they leave well prepared for success in the years ahead. Early intervention and supports need to be put in place to insure once students get to the point where the credits count toward graduation they are ready to be successful. We also need to insure supports are in place to help with the process of earning those credits and graduating on time.
Bullying and harassment have no place in schools or in society. Every effort must be made to educate students regarding proper behavior. This needs to be modeled at home as well as in our schools. Acts of bullying and harassment should have consequences which include some form of community service assisting marginalized groups or other measures to help educate the student.
Curriculum requirements should be incorporated into the social studies curriculum in some form of "Government" class during the senior year.
Public education is a privilege guaranteed to all students in the state. Students do not have the right to infringe or impede the rights of other students to that education. Extreme behaviors which disrupt the classroom need to be dealt with in such a way that the offending student learns from their actions. In some cases, that means suspension. I do believe whenever possible, that suspension should be in a closely monitored school setting so that student may keep up with their academic work. logo


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