Parents have a right and an obligation to be involved with the decisions that affect their children's education and the school board will make better informed decisions with increased parental involvement. That is why I absolutely believe we should break down barriers that inhibit parental participation.
How do we do that? By answering every phone call and email received from teachers, parents, and community members. By holding listening sessions along the year on different topics so that we ensure the myriad interested groups have a voice into policy discussions, visioning, and decisions before they are enacted.
Education is an investment in the future by the entirety of the community. Whether you have children who have already passed through the system, who are actively in the system, will be in the system or do not have children in the district, every voice deserves an opportunity to be heard. The school board needs to hear from you, to understand each perspective, and address any concerns raised. I firmly believe this is a basic tenet of public service.