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Riverview School District No. 407 Director District No. 1

4-year term No 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 (425) 333-5055
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Experience (300 characters max) 23 yrs in Riverview School District, 11 yrs on board, 3 yrs WIAA executive board director, WIAA Interscholastic Activities committee, founder of RSD Ambassador Program, Strategic planning committee, District Technology Committee, 7 yrs Eagle Rock Site-based Council, MS in Education,
Keeping our eye on growth as for the first time in recent history we are experiencing growth in our communities. We recently updated our capital facilities plan and purchased property for a new elementary school. We are always looking for property opportunities to expand our growing district.
We actually have schools within our schools that could be considered Charter Schools. When local school boards are allowed to govern the schools within their districts I believe that this works best for all involved.
State testing requirements has continued to increase over the past 20 years. At Riverview we have taken a look at all the testing requirements and have reduced the testing load on our students.
As a member of the Riverview School Board, I was part of the decision to move our start times back at the beginning of this school year. We agree with the research on later start times and are experimenting with the different options for our local district.
Our on-time graduation rate is consistently in the 90 percent range. One reason I believe this is high at Riverview is due to the multiple options our students have with the addition of our alternative programs at the Riverview Learning Center. Can we improve? Absolutely until we meet 100%!
Bullying should be addressed at all levels of the school community. From training for classified staff to training at the school board level. When all school district members are informed on how to handle a bullying situation then students will also know how to handle the situation. I would like to see more partnerships with the community on addressing issues such as this.
At Riverview we already require this and have developed curriculum at the high school to address this law. Riverview is often ahead of legislative requirements and was one of the first to implement the Senior Project prior to the requirement becoming a state law. Sr project is no longer a requirement and we changed the focus to become civics.
I believe that the local school officials should work with the students and parents to create a method of collaboration as much as possible. Some situations do not always support a student's need outside the classroom in such scenarios all school resources should be taken into account to meet the needs of that student. logo


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