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USD 501 Topeka District 2 Position 2 BOE

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    Randall Schumacher

  • Alan Smith

  • Andrew Z. Foreman

Biographical Information

What is your experience with the school district? Parent? Patron? Alumni? Why do you want to serve this district at this time?

The incidence of youth suicide in Shawnee County has been very high for two decades and is climbing. How do you propose to help the public schools in your district play a role in reversing this trend?

What can your school district do to increase civic involvement of students? Where is civic involvement in your priority list for school activities?

What policies will you support to ensure that all students have access to tools and infrastructure necessary to benefit from distance learning opportunities?

If your personal beliefs are different than those of the district you are elected to represent, what values will you apply when deciding how to vote on issues before the Board?

Personal Biography I was born and raised in Topeka, graduate of Topeka High, and have been practicing as a local pediatrician for the last 10 years. I am married and am the proud parent of 3 kids attending 501 schools.
Campaign Phone (785) 633-0063
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Education Graduate of Top eka High, University of Kansas, and University of Kansas Medical School
Community/Public Service I served on the local board of the March of Dimes and I am a current member of the Shawnee County Drug Endangered Child Alliance and the TARC Board of Directors.
I am an Alumni and Parent in 501. It has long been my belief that what I do outside of my office is as important as what I do while seeing patients day to day. I think this has become more apparent over the last 18 months as we have dealt with the COVID 19 pandemic and the challenges that have arisen with that.
I think that we all have achievement goals (closing achievement gaps and working on early literacy) but we should make sure that emotional support is part of the foundation that we build upon. I think that easy access to high quality tools that would easily identify students that are in need of support is a starting point, but we would also want to be able to have a plan of action to connect these youth to effective support.
I think that civic engagement can be modeled of the volunteers that serve our district, taught in our civics classes, and encouraged by giving groups time for volunteerism. I think that in order to make this a priority, we must have the time in our curriculum to devote to civic involvement, as the students and the community both benefit.
Over the last 18 months the achievement gap has likely widened. I think that during that time we have all had to figure out how to navigate our community's technological infrastructure. I think that my first goal would be to have policies in place to safely maximize the amount of kids in school by continuing to promote COVID vaccinations, and making them easy to access, but also continuing universal masking when appropriate. Even with this in place, there will still be distance learning, and I think it is important that they have a safe place and adequate technology with fast and reliable internet.
I acknowledge that educating almost 14,000 students is complex, and it is my belief that it will take the cooperation of the board, as well as the input of students, parents, staff, and community members, so that I can engage and advocate for their needs.
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