Platform

  • My responsibility as a school board director will be to ensure that the budget is properly managed, controlled and, allocated.

  • I consider the budget as a plan that needs continuous review and revision. The changes should be evaluated and based on all student achievement.

  • Policies made by the board should reflect what the board is trying to accomplish, and policies should me made to carry out these goals.

  • I am concerned about racial equity within the school district. I am concerned about teachers having the budget needed for professional development and training in diversity, equity, cultural sensitivity, and awareness.

  • I am concerned that the statistics, according to the US Department of Labor’s, Bureau of Labor statistics, state that students who are homeless or near homeless are experiencing “a severe financial burden that high rent places on many low-income families. The factors they identify are a rise in rent and a lag in income: housing costs went up at a higher rate than real income. The US department of Health and Human Services states “due to a limited rental market with few affordable vacancies, the people with the lowest incomes may be forced to rent substandard housing that exposes them to health and safety risks such as: vermin, mold, water leaks, and inadequate heating or cooling systems. They may also be forced to move in with others, potentially resulting in overcrowding. Over-crowding is defined as more than two people living in the same bedroom or multiple families living in one residence. Overcrowding may affect mental health, stress levels, relationships, and sleep, and it may increase the risk of infectious disease.”

  • I am committed to ensure that discipline within our school district is fair and consistent by addressing the root causes of disparities in school discipline. According to safesupportivelearning.ed.gov Discriminatory discipline practices in our nation’s schools disproportionately impact students of color; students with emotional, behavioral, and cognitive disabilities; and youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ). Large numbers of these students are removed from class, lose opportunities to learn, and are suspended or expelled from school because of exclusionary discipline practices. The impact on students, families, schools, and the community is serious, and the cost is high. Students become alienated from school and their teachers, and they are placed at risk of educational, economic, and social problems. Often these youth also have disproportionate rates of contact with the juvenile justice system, particularly when being arrested at school or referred to court from school. This initial contact can lead to deeper involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems and reduce the likelihood that these youth will return to school or graduate.

  • As a parent  who has a student in the Clover Park School district, I am concerned about the safety in her school and how well staff and students are prepared for emergencies.

  • I believe establishing threat assessment programs in schools to understand and intervene when a student is a risk to themselves or others; implementing basic security upgrades to prevent access to schools and classrooms; planning in advance for emergencies so staff can immediately lock out schools and law enforcement can respond quickly; and establishing safe and equitable schools to help reduce gun violence, especially in high-risk communities.