I am running for Sparta’s Board of Education with Kurt Morris and Niamh Grano.  Please follow our Facebook page.  We are #3, #4, and #5 on the ballot.

One of the tenants of our campaign has been to focus on greater transparency.  There are so many things that can be done to further increase transparency in the district:

  • Agendas for board meetings can be printed in a larger font so that you don’t need a magnifying glass to read it;
  • Audio Transcripts can be posted within 24 hours of the meeting as agreed;
  • Utilize Board Docs which is a program that allows the public to view the agenda and attachments 48-72 hours in advance of the meetings.

Also, there is a lot of talk currently about focusing on the culture and climate of school districts.  The culture of boards of education should also be taken into account.

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The Sparta Board of Education has a culture and climate that needs work.  This is what I aspire to should I be re-elected after having served nearly 3 ½ years:

  • A board where the public feels comfortable coming to meetings and speaking up about what is concerning them;
  • A board that welcomes input from all stakeholders with respect.  I’ve received far too many complaints from constituents who felt disrespected after addressing the board;
  • A board that allows for respectful discourse between its members especially when there is disagreement;
  • A board with fully engaged members who respect and appreciate each other’s work;
  • Most importantly, a board that recognizes that no one board member is above the others.  All nine board members are equal;
  • And, lastly, I want full meetings with robust conversation. Community involvement is an integral piece of improving the district.

I am running with Kurt Morris and Niamh Grano.  Please follow our Facebook page.  We are #3, #4, and #5 on the ballot.

The above views are my own and do not reflect the views of the Sparta Board of Education.