Family First

If we, as a community, want to make true change, it must begin in the home.  The quality of our students' education begins there.  This is where a student learns to appreciate education.  Parents have the primary responsibility to educate, and the freedom to direct, the education of their children.  When parents are unable or unwilling to fulfill this responsibility, we as a community have a moral obligation to assist. 

Board Members should approve any means which empowers families with knowledge, opportunities, and choices; and advances the cause of community involvement in the lives of those children who, through no fault of their own, do not have family support or involvement.   


Choice and Accountability

Education is a choice.  Students choose to learn.  Parents choose to be involved.  Teachers choose how to teach.  Every choice comes with its reward or consequence.  We should not allow good choices to go unrewarded, or bad choices to go without consequence.  To do so is unfair to those whose choice it is.  To do so diminishes great opportunities for true learning experiences.

We all come with a set of talents.  We can choose to exercise and increase those talents or not.  Our students come with unbelievable talents and potential.  Many teachers are excellent at discovering and enhancing a student's talents, and have a desire to enhance their own. 

Board Members must allow and support rewards for students, teachers, and administrators who choose to excel in their position and who choose to fulfill their responsibilities to the fullest.  Consequences for not excelling or fulfilling responsibilities should be allowed.  

Board Members should support opportunities given to students, parents, teachers, and administrators to increase their talents.  Board Members must support the hiring and retaining of talented teachers who love their chosen profession; and more importantly, chose to increase the talents of our children.


Responsible Solutions

Will this responsibly enhance or improve the education of our children in a way that benefits them and our community at large?

There are many challenges facing our school district today.  Contracts, budgets, curriculum, class size, teacher retention, test scores, and more.  In an altruistic setting, these challenges would not exist.  However, with every challenge, comes different thoughts, feelings, and perceptions.  As such, when making decisions about the betterment of our children's educations, we must ask the question:  

Will this responsibly enhance or improve the education of our children in a way that benefits them and our community at large? 

Board Members must support responsible solutions to these challenges.  They must listen to the community, students, teachers, and administrators.  They must be humble enough to seek professional assistance when necessary.  They must have the moral fortitude to fulfill their responsibilities and honestly answer this question, then support a "yes" and stand against a "no".  

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