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Poudre School District B

Poudre School District (PSD) has established a director district plan of representation. All school directors are voted on at large (i.e. - eligible electors of the school district vote for one candidate from each director district). Serving as a PSD Board of Education Director is a volunteer position. Board of Education Directors serve four-year terms.Meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in the Conference Center (Boardroom) of the Johannsen Support Services Center, 2407 LaPorte Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80521. The second Tuesday is usually a full business meeting; the fourth Tuesday typically begins with a short business meeting followed by a work session. Both meetings are usually preceded by a dinner session that takes place in the Superintendent's conference room, just outside the Conference Center. The business portion of the meetings typically begin at 6:30 p.m. and are televised on Cable Channel 10 and streamed live on YouTube. Board members also serve on one or more special committees that meet periodically throughout the school year. Elections are held on the 1st Tuesday in November in odd-numbered years.

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    Nate Donovan

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What is public education’s role in our society?

List three proposals that the Board might implement to attract and retain well-qualified teachers and staff.

What role do you believe (a) charter schools and (b) private schools (including religious schools) and (c) home schooling play in taxpayer supported public school system?

Are there areas of our public education system that need to be changed to better prepare our students for the future? Please explain.

What steps have been taken in Poudre district schools to provide safety for our students, and what other steps, if any, could be taken to enhance student safety?

Background Poudre School District Board of Education Director, 2015-present; Member, Poudre School Board Legislative Committee, 2015-present; Poudre School Board Delegate to Colorado Association of School Boards, 2017-2019; Poudre School Board representative to Advocacy Institute of National School Boards Association in Washington, D.C., 2018 and 2019; School Bus Driver, Thompson School District, 2017-present; School Bus Driver, Poudre School District, 2013-2015; Spanish 4 Educators, spanish language and cultural immersion program in Antigua, Guatemala in July 2014 and July 2019; Family Leadership Training Institute, Larimer County / CSU Cooperative Extension, 2015; Sports Official for football, basketball, baseball and softball, 1985-present; Retired lawyer, 1991-2011: Assistant Attorney General in Colorado and Nebraska; Colorado State University Student Legal Services Staff Attorney; Legal Counsel to Natural Resources Committee of Nebraska Unicameral Legislature; Law Clerk to Superior Court of Kodiak, Alaska; Law Degree, University of Nebraska; Bachelors Degree in Political Science with Minor in Biology, Nebraska Wesleyan University; Educated in Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, Nebraska, High School Diploma, Lincoln Northeast High School.
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Contact phone 970.213.9200
Public education in the USA or any other community in the world serves to help instruct ALL children to become contributing members of our society by learning and teaching skill development, effective interpersonal relationships, caring and sensitivity to the stories of others, respect for the interdependence of our natural world, critical thinking and analysis that maximizes our personal and collective productivity in each of our roles in this life.
1.The Board should develop and campaign in favor of a voter approved property tax increase to recruit and retain well qualified teachers and staff. This is Ballot Issue 4A on our November 5, 2019 ballot that will arrive in our mailboxes after October 11. 2.The Board can advocate for changing Colorado state law regarding educator evaluations to allow teachers to focus on individual student growth and achievement rather than test scores. 3. The Board can increase student mental health supports.
a.Public Charter Schools are an alternative form of public education for our students. More accountability for educating every student, paying teachers a competitive wage, effective governance, with consideration for the background and special needs of students, is part of the responsibility of each charter school. b.Private schools are a choice, but should not receive tax revenue, including vouchers. c. Home-schooled students should be educated according to Colorado State Education Standards.
We need to increase opportunities for Career and Technical Education, innovation and creativity in course offerings, future looking programs, and critical thinking skills to help prepare our students to thrive in the current and future world in which they will live. All of these will require more public funding for education than is currently available. Our success as a community depends on our public willingness to provide public resources for these efforts.
The Poudre School District has increased building security, added security staff and training, and increased District cost-sharing with local law enforcement agencies for school resource officers to help provide a safe and secure educational environment for our students, teachers and staff. The District continually evaluates the safety and security available for our schools. Approval of Ballot Issue 4A in the November, 2019 election would provide more resources for these efforts.