Poudre School District F
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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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?
32+ years as a software professional.
13+ years volunteering in classrooms and schools and at the district before serving on the Board.
Teach all students the knowledge and skills necessary to become healthy productive adults in our community, country, and world.
1) Pass the current mill levy override to increase starting pay and make salaries more competitive
2) Ask administration to be more proactive and aggressive in recruiting teachers nationally and internationally, perhaps considering signing bonuses and on the spot interviews
3) Be more open to alternate route teachers, including second career professionals
All three provide choice for parents and their students to select the best educational match for the students. I seek to have good relations between the district charters and PSD and to have us learn from each other through successes and challenges. No public money should go to private schools.
Students need to have the opportunity to reach their full potential. In order to do that, they often need to find passions and understand how what they are learning relates to those passions and their future lives. All this means that, in addition to teaching fundamental concepts, knowledge, and skills, schools need to provide a breadth of experiences and hands on learning. PSD should continue to expand these opportunities in an age appropriate way through all grades in the system.
Examples: Increased number of School Resource Officers in partnership with the police and sheriff. Locked entries requiring visitors to be buzzed in. Better equipment for internal communication and with first responders. Drills with our students and with our staff on how to respond in emergencies. Improved protocols for monitoring students of concern. Increased mental health staff and supports.
PSD needs to continue to expand mental health support, working in partnership with the community.
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