The candidate filing period for the school board election ends next week (July 30th). Here’s a few things I’m thinking about right now:
In the past year or so, recommendations by the administration for major changes (school start and end times, millions in budget cuts) were announced shortly before decision-making deadlines, leaving little time for public comment or board discussion before they needed to be approved. What is the proper role of the school board (versus the administration) in making these sorts of decisions and what role, if any, does public comment play in ensuring good decisions are made on behalf of the community?
Do you support recent changes to the public comment policy at board meetings?
Do district technology policies adequately protect students? See, for example, Google data-mining of student e-mails and one-year suspension and police referral for use of password provided by teacher. Any concerns about who may have access to all the student data collected for data-driven decision-making?
When budget cuts put priorities in competition with each other (say instructional coaches versus class sizes versus 4th grade orchestra), which priorities will you champion? Or will you rely on recommendations from school administrators?
Legislative priorities and advocacy tend to focus on school funding issues. What other issues, if any (statewide assessment, data privacy?), should the school board be taking a position on and lobbying legislators about.
Are you willing to revisit past school board decisions and, if so, which ones?
What is the most important characteristic of an effective school board member?