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.
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). 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. 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, however, do believe the current gym needs to be safe for the children and to fit aesthetically with the rest of the school. The children’s safety is paramount, and the existing building needs renovations to ensure it is safe for their use. As a member of the Board, I will push for making sure such renovations are performed without a bond effort.
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!