I explain most of my positions in the video above. However, for those who prefer reading, I cover most of it below, as well.
I am running for the RSF School Board to reconnect the Board back to the Community. Recent events, resulting in this Special Election, have shown that the voters of the school district feel that the Board is out of step with the Community’s wishes and desires.
As a member of the Board, I will seek out peoples’ thoughts and solicit their input. When a concerned parent or community member makes an effort to take time out of their day, come to a Board meeting and make a public comment, I think it’s important for me to have a conversation with that person to ensure that their concerns are heard. Public officials are elected to serve the community.
Every August, I will put on the Board Agenda a public disclosure of each Board member’s intent to serve out the next 12 months of service. This will serve to put them, and myself, on record as not intending to resign after the election cut-off date. This will serve to enhance our transparency and commitment to the children and the community.
As the founder of several startups, I have the experience to clearly define goals and to seek stakeholder input, before moving forward with any plans that the Board may have.
Of first importance to me, is improving our curriculum and preparing the kids for STEM fields. I have already begun discussing a potential class on 3D printing for the students, and have volunteered to be on a committee to explore a pilot program for this.
I also firmly believe in learning from other districts outside of our own. Insular thinking is never good, and I believe that I can learn something from any one, especially school districts that have had stellar results with their curriculum.
The current master plan has several plans for the gym, which includes plans for 2 and 3 regulation-size basketball courts, which would cost between $19-24M and require a bond effort (in comparison, the rest of the school cost $35M to build). Just to modernize the existing gym, which would trigger modern day building codes, will cost at least $12M. Around 55% of the Community opposes such a move, and the bond would require a 55% Yes vote. The goal of a new gym for an elementary and middle school has not been clearly defined. Recently, with a 4 to 1 vote, the Board voted on exploring a 2018 bond effort for this new gym. In fact, putting a bond measure on the November, 2018 ballot would cost our district up to $300,000. Until the Community can understand how such a facility will improve the education of the children, I believe it is ill-advised to continue on this course.
I will ensure that our children continue to have the best teachers and staff, while being fiscally responsible with our tax dollars.
Building relationships with the voters and listening to their concerns is a key part of achieving these goals. Let’s have the Board and community work together to improve our school!