The main job responsibilities of a school board representative are to be the voice and feet of my constituents. I will serve as their representative at monthly PTA meetings held by each of my district’s schools. During these meetings, I will listen to concerns of parents, grandparents, guardians, and teachers. We will strategize together how to find solutions to their concerns. I have been involved with PTA for the past 11 continuous years and currently hold the position of Vice President of Northshore High School PTA. Being involved with PTA the past 11 continuous years has enabled me to keep a pulse on parents’ needs and how to best find simple solutions. I have attended 8 school board meetings the last two years to keep abreast of how St. Tammany School Board decisions and concerns affect my own school district.
The Minimum Foundation Program adopts a formula to equitably allocate funding for education to school districts. Funding through this program is provided to school districts as a block grant. After satisfying all mandated requirements, school districts have the flexibility to spend the funding to meet the needs of their schools and students. Each school district has different needs based on its student population. With the Minimum Foundation Program, each school has the flexibility to apply the financial resources to meet the greatest financial need within its specific setting. Empowering administrators and teachers to meet this need allows them to be even more effective in the classroom, which will in turn, produce stronger students.
Mandating computerized testing without providing the financial support for computers is one of many state-imposed mandates. Students’ method of testing needs to be the method of teaching. If the state is requiring the students to take computerized testing, then they must provide the funding for EACH student to have a computer during instructional minutes allocated to assessment preparation.
Also, if a specialized subgroup of students is expected to make progress in a specific target area, the state should provide the support in order to achieve the expected goal.
I believe in meeting the individual educational needs of each student. If all strategies have been exhausted and a student is not progressing – although proper protocol is being followed – I believe that students needs to be placed in an educational setting that can best meet his or her needs. That student’s educational needs should be the priority over any social or status want.
Yes, I would favor increasing the school board tax millage to cover the cost for SROs and MHPs. Student and Teacher Safety, Mental Health, and Education for all students is very important. I also feel the private sector solution should be explored. Businesses have a vested interest in the success of our schools. If schools don’t prepare their students to meet the expectations for employment, businesses will not retain local employees, which will greatly impact our local economy.
I believe businesses have a vested interest in the success of our schools. When businesses come to our area, they bring both revenue and families – often times with children. It is our privilege to teach and educate those children. Unfortunately, that does not come without expenses. Teachers need to be paid, buildings need to be maintained, and books need to be purchased. When schools are successful, businesses flourish and the economy is good. When schools do not meet the standard, businesses struggle and the economy suffers. Businesses and our schools truly have an interdependent relationship. To ensure the best for our community we must work hand-in-hand. This is why I believe that the school board should reject most exceptions that decrease the tax revenue available to the school board.