VISION & PRIORITIES
My vision for the Shawnee Mission School District is that it provide our students with a quality education that is rigorous, relevant and equips students to succeed not only in our classrooms but beyond graduation. A key priority is to see that the Shawnee Mission School District continues to be among the finest, most well-respected in the state of Kansas and the Nation. I am very proud to serve you as the North area representative on the Board. I am passionate about education, our students and staff and my community. I am ready and able to serve another term on your behalf.
LIST OF PRIORITIES
Continue my work as an independent, consensus building, non-partisan, member of the SMSD Board of Education. Review data and measure success by continuous improvement in all areas of the district. Advocate for local control of decision making. Continue to advocate for finding efficiencies and effective use of funding.
Last school year, SMSD was engaged in Strategic Planning to update the district's beliefs, mission, objectives, strategies and create a roadmap for what the future of learning looks like in the district. The process involved public input and over 180 staff, parents, students, community members, and business leaders who have been working since the first of year. The board approved the plan unanimously in June 2019. You can view the entire plan here. Building site councils are beginning work this fall on specific plans for their buildings. My first priority would be to work, in collaboration with the other members of the board and the superintendent, to see all initiatives in the new SMSD Strategic Plan, come to life.
Health and Wellness - for our students and our staff. Mental health, physical health, vaping, smart phones, screen time, homelessness, nutrition, food insecurity, bullying, stress, social media, workload, etc.... all of these things effect a students ability to learn and a teacher's ability to teach. Initiatives like Project Home, SMSD technology task force, Zero Reasons Why partnership, mobile food pantries, school-based Health Partnership Clinic, Priority One Health Clinic need to be continued and expanded to meet the rising needs of all our students, families and staff members. Now that funding is being increased at the state level, I am supportive of exploring ways to move the high school teachers back to teaching five sections instead of six, in a reasonable time frame, as long as the district's budget allows. I am also very supportive of the work in the area of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, including the hiring of SMSD's first Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and system-wide staff development, (which was board approved in April 2019), beginning this school year and continuing over the course of the next three years.
SMSD Signature programs continue to offer students hands-on, experiential learning in specialized academic areas of interest and open doors to future career opportunities. I believe that experiential learning experiences are key to making school real and relevant to learners and would welcome expansion of this program.