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It is important that our school board facilitates a strong relationship between our schools and the potential employers of this area. Broadening the educational horizons of our young people not only is important to all, but it is vital for those in our most poorly performing schools. I strongly believe we can do a better job in convincing our students of the potential for having a good future here. We have to develop the resources to motivate our young people to make their best efforts and remain in this area.
With Evansville being chosen for the State Pre-Kindergarten pilot program, there is an especially exciting challenge for the EVSC Board in the coming year. We have the chance to prepare our children for a smooth transition into school by preparing them educationally and socially to make their best efforts and be on their best behaviors. At the same time, we will have the opportunity to help parents learn to put their “best foot forward” and to support their children’s efforts. The final choices in all of the plans and approaches to make a successful Pre-K program will be in the hands of our School Board. I have a firm committment to study the strongest existing programs and use the techniques with the best outcomes as a pattern, in order for EVSC to lead the way to a strong, permanent program.
There are the traditional and ongoing challenges of running the largest school district in the state to be met, as well. I will work to help see to it that we “stretch” tax dollars to get the most value available, and utilize all of our resources as fully as possible. It is also necessary to see to it that the support staff is paid a living wage, as they play an extremely important role in the future success of our schools, and they deserve recognition for their role. Loss of revenue to the public schools due to vouchers, a shrinking tax base, and dropping Common Core is a huge challenge to the future of our schools and needs to be met by Board Members from a variety of viewpoints.
I am committed to dedicating my $6,000 plus stipend, which is paid to School Board members, to the Teacher’s Scholarship Fund and will not accept the $18,000 plus health insurance paid to Board members.
In conclusion, I believe the EVSC School Board needs a more diverse and independent make-up than it now has, with the inclusion of people from business and other professions, rather than the majority being professional public servants and educators, only. The actual classroom, the point of student-teacher contact, is my first concern. Our students, teachers, and support staff absolutely must have energetic and informed representation on the EVSC Board. Because of that belief, I have chosen ” A Vital Voice for Our Students and Teachers on the EVSC Board” as my campaign slogan. I am asking for your vote on Nov. 4, 2014 if you agree with me.
Candidate For At Large EVSC School Board
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