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Pojoaque School Board Member Position 4

Board members serve four-year terms.The Pojoaque Valley School District (PVSD) serves approximately 2,000 students in the Pojoaque Valley including students from the communities of Nambé, Jaconita, Tesuque, El Rancho, Arroyo Seco, and San Ildefonso as well as the Pueblos of Nambe, Pojoaque, Ohkay Owingeh, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, and Tesuque.

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What are the two or three best ways to improve district schools?

How would you allocate the increased funds coming from the federal government?

How can the board foster the recruiting and retention of teachers with full credentials?

What programs or approaches, if any, should be developed to raise the graduation rate?

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The district needs to identify ways to retain qualified teachers. It then needs to look at both academic and extracurricular programs for all students. Every student needs to find his or her place to achieve. To do this we as a community may need to think outside the box. Using local resources that we have not used before. We might have to rethink the way in which we have done things. Lastly communication must be improved using multiple sources. No one way guarantees strong commination.
We need to continue with our Covid-19 needs such as cleaning supplies and materials. Students and teachers need to feel safe inside of classrooms. Left over money should go directly to teaching and learning. A needs assessment needs to be created for the school community and from the results apply the money from the federal government. If the needs assessment finds a need for tutoring or technology, that is where the money should be put. All funding needs to go directly to student learning.
There are so few teachers in the pipeline to earn full credentials that districts must try to retain those teachers they have. As with all employers there many things that make employees happy. First and foremost, will be money. Teachers are highly underpaid. Teachers need to be asked and then heard regarding educational issues that directly affect them in the classroom. Promoting team work and allowing for self directed professional development could help to retain teachers.
Students need to feel that graduation from high school is important and something they want to accomplish. Next guidance from counselors and teachers needs to help all students find a path that the student wants to accomplish. For many of our students school to work programs may help when the program looks at the local economy and provides training for high paying jobs in the community. Every student needs to feel school is a safe place where people care about them.