Whether or not you have children in the school system right now, we all benefit from having educated and engaged young in our communities. Education is the foundation that acts as a magnet; attracting students, families, and learners to the area. Not just to play sports or participate in events but to engage in the community at-large and make it their home, a place to shop, a place to grow and contribute. A healthy school system makes all of these possible. I promise to engage the community so that all voices have equitable mind-share in decisions, regardless of economic condition, race, religion,
Teachers, specialists, and para-professionals are asked to do more with less year over year. These professionals do an admirable job of making ends meet to reach the students and create a learning environment that enriches their lives. As a community, we voted in favor of a referendum to expand spaces at every school within the district and build a new school. We need community, parent, and teacher involvement to ensure that these funds are maximized so we get the most benefit from them. I promise to scrutinize the data and communicate with transparency to the community on how we are progressing toward the goals the district communicated in advance of the referendum.
Open Enrollment is a hot topic with individual opinions falling on either side of the debate. Open Enrollment is a good thing when evaluated with all the other factors that go into determining capacity at the different grade levels and schools. Unfortunately, there is no magic number that works year-over-year and from school to school that will give the right teacher-to-student ratio. We need to evaluate every year how many students we anticipate for the following year based on actual in-district growth, the number of resources - teachers, specialists, para-professionals, and support staff - we have available and can reasonably afford, space considerations, and what each resource can effectively accommodate without negatively impacting student performance. All of these factors and more must be weighed before determining the number of students we can accept through open enrollment. Even if the district loses more students to open enrollment than it gains, by its charter, the district must reserve a seat for every in-district student which also must be factored into the decision. Regardless of where you stand on open enrollment, it brings funds into the district which covers most, if not all, of the cost to educate the student. With open spaces in the classroom, the cost is still there to for the district to provide access to the curriculum, resources, and personnel. This cost is then bore by the community as a sunk cost if there are not enough learners occupying the spaces.