Every student is owed the tools to make a home if they so choose in our valley. It is our duty as a community to spare no expense in securing the next generation's future. When working together we can make sure youth feel Safe, Supported and Heard.
What do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?
1) lack of youth spaces and resources 2) depression/suicidal ideation 3) income inequality
How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?
1) Work with the city and county to obtain funding to create student union buildings with multi purpose availability. And extended hour counselling services. 2) Make the subsequent year staffing priority the hiring of an LGBTQ specific youth counselor either via our service contractor or nonprofit partner to address the suicidal ideation in LGBTQ teens. I would also make access to these mental health services more widely known and recommended, as well as discreet. Taking these methods into conflict resolution methods from admins, to have the greatest efficacy. 3) Seek additional funds for ed prep services and cover AP prices.
What steps will you take to address the high cost and lack of availability of quality child care and preschool programs in our communities, especially for low-income children and English language learners?
We are currently exploring options to lease our property to a Preschool, and also a youth daycare service, I would like to include in this contract a requirement that they take in students of families of staff for discounted rates based off income. Or has a sibling that is eligible for free/reduced lunch.
What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?
I would start by drafting policy to standardize special education programs across the district so that best practices can be identified and established. There needs to be a high degree of coordination between us and our feeder districts to ensure that students with special educational requirements are being served and that they are being socially integrated as well. I would like to adopt more adaptive curriculum to students on the autism spectrum so that they can lean into their skills rather than be discouraged by a standardized curriculum. Career and higher ed. readiness can become a focus.
Much of the student achievement gap has been linked to the "opportunity gap" that low-income children and children of color experience, including lack of access to healthy food, preschool, tutors and enrichment activities. If elected, what steps will you take to address this issue?
By taking in student input and prioritizing the input and experience of marginalized students we can really make sure that their campus experience isn't inferior despite the disadvantage they face at home. I think that providing access to the supplemental ed. prep services that higher income students enjoy is vital to closing the achievement gap. We must first make sure that we provide as well as we can on campus.