...is a priority! Students and teachers must have a secure learning environment in order to be successful, and our community's parents deserve to know their children will be safe on our school campuses.
...and technical training must be expanded and promoted in our district. Every student is not necessarily college-bound, so we must diversify their potential pathways to success. To top it off, there are many well-paying jobs for vocational program completers in our community that are currently sitting un-filled. Our students should be able to pursue the skills training to be able to compete for these jobs.
...is an important educational subject for all students. I have spoken to district students who tell me that the current civics curriculum does not truly promote an understanding of the values that led to the formation of our great nation. Our students should be taught about these values, as well as their rights and responsibilities as contributing members of the greatest country in the world.
...should be thanked and supported on a daily basis. We must respect and listen to their insights on what is needed in our classrooms. Principles should be provided with a set of standards (for which they will be held accountable) and then be permitted to work with their own teachers in order to improve their schools. There are documented examples of improvements to student success rates when autonomy and flexibility are returned to the schools, the principles and the teachers.
...is the right of every parent. One of our country's founding values is the right of individuals to make choices for themselves and for their families. Charter schools, private schools, homeschooling, and district public schools should all be included in the choices provided to our local families.
...is the most important component of student success. Discipline and other life-lessons start at home, and the school board must openly support and promote this mindset in our community.
...should be a primary consideration in every decision made by the school board. Our elected officials are elected to serve the best interests of our community, and part of that commitment requires them to be good stewards of our taxpayer dollars.
...is another crucial value on which our country was founded. The larger government becomes, the more the voices of We The People are drowned out. Local control of the education system goes so much deeper than just the local school board. It should extend into our schools, our classrooms, and our homes. The students, parents, teachers, principles and staff working with individual students every day should be given the loudest voices of all.