Corbett School District, Pos. 4
Term: 4 yearsSalary: UnpaidThe School Board is the policy-making body of the school district. It is responsible for providing an education program for students living within the District. To accomplish its role, the Board: Determines the long-range direction of the District Establishes policies that direct the instructional and support programs Employs and evaluates the Superintendent Communicates with the community Negotiates with employee groups to determine salaries and benefits Calls elections on bond proposals Approves the annual budget
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David Gorman (N)
Ecosystem Restoration Engineer
Significant policy changes in public education are being considered at the federal and state level. Describe a change that you agree or disagree with and explain your position.
What do you think are the top three equity issues in the district and how will you address them?
What principles will you apply to evaluating recommendations from the superintendent with regard to which programs to reduce in a time of constrained funding?
David Gorman is the Vice Chair of the Corbett School Board. He was elected to the Board in 2013 and has been a strong advocate for improving educational facilities and opportunities for Corbett District students.
The United States Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is a strong proponent of "school choice". School choice sounds good until you understand its potential impacts on public education. School choice is funded by taxpayer dollars from the diversion of public school funding to private schools. Some of those schools are religion based, resulting in public funding of religious organizations. Another significant problem with it is that it diverts funding from already underfunded public education.
The top three equity issues in the Corbett School District are:
1. Lack of funding that limits educational services provided to students: I will work to increase educational funding
2. Lack of non-college bound educational services for students: I will search for on-campus and off-campus opportunities for trade instruction
3. Lack of safe and adequate Middle School facilities: I will continue to look for new facilities for our middle school students
In the Corbett District we are used to addressing issues related to constrained funding. The principles I apply in evaluating superintendent recommendations to address inadequate funding are based on the following priorities:
1. Health and safety - do we have adequate facilities to foster a good education?
2. Educational opportunities - are we providing the best educational opportunity possible for the money?
3. Class sizes - are our class sizes small enough to maximize students' education?
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