VaJezatha Payne

District: Palmdale
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.

I participated in singing at school and church as a child. I attended Cornell University and sang in the Pamoja-in gospel choir, and currently, I am a Sweet Adeline of the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus. The power of music has proven to be a stabilizing force in my life. My desire is that children learn music and other arts in school, as it will provide a lifelong benefit.

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?

To create and strengthen the bridge between parent-teacher, teacher-administration and community school. I suggest that relevant issues such as bullying, obesity, and the achievement gap be used as topics of dialogue in the homes, schools and community, as these are non-conflict goals that we all can agree on, thus providing a common ground on which to build.

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 should be pivotal in connecting the Palmdale School District to California and the world. There are a myriad of intersecting curriculums, i.e. outdoor classrooms, college preparatory, vocational, early childhood and bi-lingual mastery for all students, foreign exchange programs from emails to travel that will expose our children to a world that permits them to become universal students ‘from the desert’ of Palmdale.

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?

The LCAPs priority areas have been categorized into 3 groups Engagement-it is my goal to normalize parental involvement in student learning via effective methodologies that allow parents to participate verify and validate the learning progress for student and less disciplinary problems and for Pupil Outcome-Equity versus Equality is the key here by providing to the needs of students versus a one size fits all will allow for overall success And Improved Conditions of Learning-at all schools that should begin with more teacher involvement in funding matters with a focus on equity versus equality at district schools.