I am running for Sparta’s Board of Education with Kurt Morris and Niamh Grano. We are #3, #4, and #5 on the ballot.
I don’t proclaim to have all the answers to the ongoing debate of how to best secure our schools. I do know, however, that keeping our students and staff safe is of paramount importance.
Teachers and staff members cannot do their jobs if they are concerned about their safety. Students cannot be students if fear is dominating their mindset.
Our current culture requires the district to fortify our schools. Tragically, schools have become a vulnerable target in all communities. We can and must learn from other scenarios to identify gaps and opportunities in our own schools to strengthen the infrastructure and staff training. As a district, we must constantly scrutinize how to make things better, safer, stronger.
This is what we can do as a board of education:
- Prioritize school safety expenditures in the budget process;
- Integrate social emotional learning into curricula;
- Update BOE policy as recommendations dictate;
- Support safety and security training for all staff;
- Support mental health services;
- Support efforts that monitor school climate.
The professional expertise of the Sparta Police Department has been a tremendous asset in securing the schools. There must be continued collaboration between local law enforcement and the district. Keeping the lines of communication open is key.
For the past three years I have made school safety and security a top priority. I will continue to do so if re-elected on November 5, 2019.
I have been to school safety and security trainings for board members and will attend again next year. I am always open to suggestions on this topic.
I vow to keep learning about school safety and to keep supporting the district’s administration in keeping Sparta safe.
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.
The above views are my own and do not reflect the views of the Sparta Board of Education.