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Mason Grapeview School 54 School Board Director Position No. 5

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.
  • Casey Breeze (NP)

  • Timothy Gero (NP) Retired Educator

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Biographical Information

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 (360) 490-4213
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Searching for and replacing our fabulous teaching staff is becoming more and more of a problem. Along with the benefits that come with being a small rural school, also comes the difficulty of competing with large districts that have more resources to use for teacher hiring incentives. We need to be creative in our approach. Sometimes a beautiful area is not enough to entice a new teacher.
Having alternate methods of instruction can be an important part of the educational system. The problem arises when funds from the public system are moved to another system that does not have the same entrance requirements, accountability and oversight. Until we can solve the inequity problems inherent in these schools, we should keep exploring new alternate methods of instruction. So far, research has not convinced me that charter schools don’t divide a community with different economic resources.
Testing is but one of the important assessment tools schools and teachers use in order to follow progress and set direction for instruction and policy. Relying exclusively on test results can lead to over simplifying the goal and structure of education and divert attention from the whole child.
Our district should make a decision on start times by focusing on three areas of equal importance; community needs and input, current national research and district variability.

I believe the method just recently adopted by our district is a good approach. By beginning the graduation testing in tenth grade the students have a manageable period of time to view their progress and make needed adjustments in their academic load.

The remediation of bullying in schools starts with a cohesive district policy and collaborative understanding of that policy by community and school district alike. Establishing a culture of tolerance and acceptance at each school site and expecting all individuals to actively address any issue if it were to occur.

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