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USD 229 Blue Valley District 5 BOE

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    Gina Knapp

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Biographical Information

What would be your top three priorities if elected?

What skills, expertise, experience, or competencies qualify you for this position?

How would you suggest your school district address diversity issues for the most positive outcome?

With the recent pandemic, what technology or innovative changes do you envision for the district?

Personal Biography I grew up in the fantastic public schools of Johnson County. After a brief time in St Louis, my husband of 20 years and I made the deliberate choice to educate our 3 kids in Blue Valley. I started my career many years ago in banking, quickly realizing my passions laid in the non-profit sector. In particular, I have focused my time on youth-serving organizations, where I have spent the last 10 years.
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Education MBA - Finance and Entrepreneurship - UMKC BS - Business Administration - KU
Community/Public Service Former Girl Scout Leader, Former Cub Scout Pack Committee Chair, Treasurer BVNW Quarterback Club, Coach, Team Mom, mentor and much more!
My top three priorities if elected would first be to support student teacher and staff mental health and wellness (this is particularly important as we come out of the pandemic and fully realize the impact it has had on mental health; second, recovery from pandemic learning losses; and finally safeguarding Blue Valley's position as a leader in educational excellence. We must support our children with safe and inclusive environments, develop and champion our exemplary educators, and provide effective communication to our district families to ensure Blue Valley's students succeed academically while also developing string social/emotional skills.
First and foremost, I am the mother of three kids in the Blue Valley school district. I am the product of and a champion of great public schools. I have also advocated for my kid w special needs for 16 years. My educational background includes a Bachelors in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship. I have spent the last 15 years of my career in nonprofit finance, with 10 of them at youth-serving agencies. I deal with complex federal, state and local funding daily in my professional life and work every day for the betterment of our community and the kids in our community.
I think the best things we can do right now to address diversity issues is continue to listen to community members, parents, and students who have lived experience dealing with inequity in our district and craft/implement strategies to combat these experiences. Good first steps have already been made with anonymous reporting hotlines, diversity committees at schools to support administration in their efforts, and an engaged DEI committee at the district level.
The best thing to have come out of the pandemic is the tremendous growth in technology resources and understanding. Innovative changes that have already begun and I envision being expanded upon is the ability to record lectures for our students to view at a later time for test review or on days they were unable to attend; the virtual school concept - that works fantastically for some students - and will enable expansion of experiential learning by providing flexibility and time for students to "do" instead of sit in a classroom and listen to lectures; as well as continuing use of and expanding on collaborative technology resources that facilitate teamwork.
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