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Okanogan Methow Valley School 350 Director District 4 At Large

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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    Paul D. Budrow (NP) Law Enforcement

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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?

Phone (509) 429-7222
Town where you live Twisp Washington
Experience (300 characters max) I have been in law enforcement for 33 years. Our family has been a foster family, fostering more than 100 children in 7 years. I started Teaching in 1984 as a substitute teacher in Massachusetts, and have been teaching in various forms since that time.
The safety of our students.

The Methow Valley School District has an outdated and antiquated policy when it comes to Student safety. I moved to the Valley seven years ago and had been working with the previous Superintendent on writing a policy and am now working with the current Superintendent to make the Methow Valley School District a place to learn and feel safe.
I actually like the idea of Charter schools. I believe that parents should have a choice in their children's education. My focus, however, is making our current school district the very best it can be.
I personally have a problem with the testing as it is today. I have 7 children in school now and I see them having difficulty because they get 2nd, 3rd, and unknown how many chances to get a passing grade... there does not seem to be accountability for the children an the teachers are allowing these extra chances because it looks bad on them instead.
It appears that the start times work well for most students, parents, and teachers.
There continues to be a need for accurate grade-level assessment. I see many instances where children, who are not currently performing grade-level work are advanced to the next grade, with no additional plan in place to help them succeed. This leads to a down-ward spiral where children are falling further and further behind. More intervention, more testing for learning disorders, more work on the front-lines needs to take place in order to help these children succeed. If children are given the tools to be successful at each and every grade level, on-time graduation rates will improve with these changes.
Head on. This is actually one of my specialties, as a Law Enforcement Professional I have had the opportunity to talk with, mentor, and deal with both bullies and the bullied. Do not allow it to just be pushed under the rug and or put our head in the sand and believe it is not happening in our schools. It needs to be addressed, up front and every time, by all of those involved.
I believe that a separate class in civics would be the best. Again, my profession is a huge part of my choice. For example: I live by the United States Constitution, The Washington State Constitution, and the laws of the State of Washington. All of these make up our government and way of life. There is so much to understand and most is misunderstood by our society. A class and/or numerous classes offered through the years would be very useful in helping our future leaders in the growth of our county, state, and towns.
First of all, there needs to be better clarification to the standards of classifying and identifying the levels of classroom disruption as well as other more serious levels of school and classroom violations. If there is a disruption, it must be dealt with swiftly and fairly. A standard protocol must be put into place, and it should be fairly exercised with consideration of the student, teacher, and situation involved.

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