Bremerton School District Candidates' forum
July 4, 2008 · Updated 11:25 AM
Candidates for the Bremerton School District were asked what actions in their track record prove that, if they are elected, they will make decisions that are best for the children in the Bremerton School District.
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Director Position 3
Director Position 1
I have been actively helping Children for over 33 years: spent hundreds of hours in the classrooms talking to kids to about drugs, safety, juvenile justice crime prevention, etc.; still talk in classrooms; set up jail tours; put an undercover deputy in high schools and arrested over 60 drug dealers; Started Sheriffs Cadet program; Instituted DARE and School Resource Officer; Coach girls basketball; Reading Tutor; Book Fairs; Kids Santa shop; Banking program; Chaperoned dances, field trips; Grad night committee; Car Wash fundraisers; Received golden acorn.
During the last four years spent serving on the Bremerton School Board I have proven to be an effective team member, while still challenging the status quo when it was beneficial for the children. As a board member I have served four years as Legislative Representative being a vocal and passionate advocate to our legislators to obtain the support we need to improve our schools. I have personally worked on closing the achievement gap by serving on the Diversity and Multi-Cultural Advocacy team and be helping to write policy ensuring that all our children feel safe and welcome in school.
Director Position 2
I have an ongoing history of collaborating on revenue, budget and safety decisions that are best for Bremerton students. I have actively participated on Bremerton School committees effecting budgets, levy, school building/facilities, curriculum adoption and grade alignment. I am also an active reading tutor and mentor at two elementary schools. The basis for my decision-making is to ALWAYS ask: how can we improve student achievement? I possess the board experience needed to provide effective governance in decision-making. My track record demonstrates commitment to doing my homework; building the knowledge and experience necessary to meet the educational needs of ALL students.
I have been over 7 1/2 years on the receiving end of hours of special education meetings all with the same theme: What are the legal obligations of the of the school district? What funds are available in the school district? What human and technical resources are available in the school district? What are the priorities of the school district? What are your own resources? I ahve learned to Advocate for services, curriculum skills and ongoing intervention for all students. The PTA is an advocate for all children, from local schools to legislation. I bring a balanced track record to the Board.
Director Position 3
For me it has always been about our children. For 7 years I have been a consistently active parent-volunteer in our school system. I have taken the opportunity to help take charge of our childrens educational future.
Our children, teachers and parents need to be supported by administrators and district leaders who will create a positive learning environment and find resources to fund school programs. Im committed to being a part of a team that will encourage accountability, celebrate the successes, duplicate what works and tell the truth about our childrens performance.
My track record includes volunteer service at local schools as PTA Treasurer, Staff Appreciation Chairperson, book fairs, tutoring children both below and above grade level, Lions Den, school buddy, and librarian assistant.
District service includes the Budget Committee, three hiring committees, and the Challenge Program Task Force. I have attended most of the school board meetings for the past three years. Three years ago I addressed the school board regarding Challenge program problems and followed up my concerns with actions. I recently spoke out at a School Board meeting against administration raises prior to its passage.
Director Position 4
My years of on going dedication and commitment with the developmental disabled and mental health population is evident of my community involvement. I have also the passion and vision to serve all students, parents, teachers, and the school district personnel. I have been a case resource manager for the developmentally disabled students who attends Bremerton High School, South Kitsap High School, and Central Kitsap School District for the past 4 years. As a newly elected Board member I plan to function as the heartbeat of the student's body and the community. I believe that we should celebrate all students successes whether it is great or small.
YMCA youth sports coach, woodworking instructor for K-5 grades, family nights, PTA officer, field trip chaperone, school science fair organizer, and career fair organizer. Have been a Bremerton park and rec commissioner where I was involved in the Manette ball field drainage renovations, Evergreen Park Improvements phase I and II, Lighting Pentergast Sports Park, bring indoor soccer to pentergast sports park, Haddon Park Development. I have been a Bremerton School Board Director for the last year and a half. Our Focus has been on children and weve made decisions almost every board meeting that affects Bremerton students in a positive way.