Position Seeking: Governing Board Member
Question 1: Please share a meaningful experience you had with art (visual, dance, drama, music, media arts) while growing up.
In Junior High I reluctantly took ceramics class and before long I looked forward to ceramics. Art had always been stressful and even though I followed directions my art looked like it was done by a 5 year old. In ceramics I followed directions, learned and follow basic design principals and was very successful. My successful experience in ceramics gave me desire and confidence to take additional art type classes like Interior Design , Costume, and Clothing Design.
Question 2: What kind of creative solutions would you suggest to support student outcomes such as English language development, closing the achievement gap, and preparation for college and/or meaningful careers?
Hands on elective/exploratory classes support positive student outcomes for the above groups. Attendance for students in my Home Economics classes was higher than other classes and low achieving students often have attendance issues. In Home Economics we worked on math, reading directions, vocabulary and science in a different format making it easier and more tangible for low achieving and ELD students. Exploratory classes give students the opportunity to explore careers and interests so they can prepare for college or career training.
Question 3: What do you think should be the role of the School Board in ensuring that students have access to a broad range of study?
The School Board needs to make a broad range of study a priority. School Boards may need to think outside the box to make this happen. When I retired in June Home Economics was no longer offered at Cactus Intermediate do to declining student enrollment. My suggestion when I left was to have the Art and Home Economics teachers share schools by splitting days or semester—-this didn’t happened. I am currently teaching after school Home Economics as a volunteer and at this time I have one class and waiting list. AS a School Board member this will be a priority.
Question 4: In light of the Local Control Funding Formula and development of district Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), what are your creative solutions for achieving goals in the eight priority areas?
In order to achieve the LCAP goals all stakeholders need to own the goals. If parents, students, classified staff, administrators and teachers don’t support the plan the goals will be hard to achieve. LCAP is a new way budgeting and prioritize educational activities and we all need to greet it with and open mind.