Below are questions community members submitted during the school board candidate debates. See what the candidates in your district had to say!
Reading skills develop and form differently from child to child. A child may be proficient early enough in K-3 grades to demonstrate that they are advancing and progressing in reading. As vocabulary increases this may be a more difficult attainment. They may demonstrate further developed skills in other subjects such as math, social studies and science. A teacher must decide what are the best steps for a particular struggling reader; advance to the next grade with peers ?, added remediation?, hold him back based on that deficiency when progressing in other subjects? Usually the determination is made by a team at the school. There could be a disability in language acquisition, interpretation, or a myriad of issues affecting the child. Having said all of that, it is up to the teacher and administration inclusive of parents to make the determination of what to do to help to increase a child’s reading ability. Your question is the basis for my response that we need more supplemental help in K-3, particularly in K where children are arriving, some with and many without necessary skills to be academically successful and most of all, ready to read.
Vocational education thoughts-As you stated, every student is not college bound. That’s a fact. Many are successful using trades that they are familiar with or might be a family trade. In order for those students to succeed, it would be necessary to provide the instruction for them through trade programs located in schools geographically so that students could attend without having to travel across the county. This is an endeavor that I would hope Chattanooga 2.0 could help initiate.
Life skills-I believe, as I expressed at the debate, that all students deserve the opportunity to be able to explore their creativity, regardless of which genre. It is a fact that businesses want to be able to hire creative people who can help move their business in a different direction.
Summary of requirements for superintendent-a good communicator who is transparent to the Board and public; needs to be able to understand curriculum and initiate changes where needed whether it be moving or replacing central office personnel, the person needs to have great managerial skills; specifically people skills, with a successful background in business management having previously handled millions of dollars. The person needs to think outside the box and be a game changer.
The Board has to stay informed in order for the public to be informed. If the question posed is what am I going to do? I am always available through email and by phone. I may begin to hold quarterly meetings or post a newsletter in a publication somewhat like what the children take home each month for their parents to read.
The question “will I make any changes to the Board” is rather vague. Without more information on that request I do not know what you are looking for in an answer. Feel free to call or e-mail me with clarification.
Without ’cause’ firing the superintendent could have led to litigation against us and the taxpayers would have been taking that hit. In the end, there was no buy-out as you know, I did not vote for any dollar compensation as he left on his on account.
I am looking for integrity, ability to communicate effectively and in a timely manner, someone who can manage this corporation with a finance background and educational expertise as well. Someone who understands curriculum, this county and this school district in particular, has great people skills with strong positive views, someone who recognizes strong, quality leadership in administrators, and definitely someone that will be around for the long run. We cannot continue to replace superintendents as has done in the past (before I was elected to the board).
Yes! Restorative practices is a win-win for all. Rather than punishing through suspension a better understanding and fostering of what is causing the action can change perspectives on both sides (teacher/student). I think that this practice can work for most issues warranting disciplinary actions. Suspension may result in escalation of offenses with a negative impact on the student; i.e. student decides to drop out rather than face disciplinary action on a daily basis.
I believe that I am the best candidate for the job. I have dedicated my last four years to the students and faculties of the schools I represent. I have not let anything impede my ability to be present when needed. I would not have run for office if I had a full time job. I think being a school board member requires more time commitment then most realize, and with a full time job, makes it difficult to fully engage especially in these times.
I am only interested in service to the community and especially to the children of Hamilton County. I have no political ambitions, never did.
That expression could be interchanged with any other particularly extravagant, or not (Big Mac?) the point is we all have to make sacrifices.
I am advocating for a new CSLA. It’s been too long that they have had to wait aside from the fact that the school is in terrible shape and no more tax dollars need to be poured into keeping it running. The school is a School of Excellence and is a model school for the district. It should appear as that model to the general public.
Questions specifically for Donna Horn:
Everyone is concerned about the state of our schools. WRCB hosted this on a debate night so I was not in attendance. It is refreshing to know that there is so much community concern.