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Bellevue school board

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Biographical Information

Why are you running for school board? Please mention any experience or background that makes you particularly qualified to serve.

What are the three biggest issues facing your district and how do you propose to address them? Which issue is your top priority?

If budget cuts become necessary during your term, what would you be willing to sacrifice?

If necessary to meet budget constraints, would you support closing a school building?

Are you satisfied with the academic achievement in your district? Why or why not?

Are you satisfied with the facilities in your district? Why or why not?

Are you satisfied with the performance of your superintendent? Why or why not?

Are you current in all tax, alimony and child support obligations? If not, please explain.

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Home address 403 South Main st
Hometown Bellevue
Education AAS Broadcast Communications AAS VIdeo Operations AAS Computer Engineering Technology
Family Wife: Sabrina Daughters: Amelia & Evelyn
Professional Experience 17 years Pennfield Schools
Political Experience Non profit boards: Bellevue Youth Recreation Association, Bellevue Indoor Soccer League, Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Foundation Local Government: Village of Bellevue Planning Commission - President
I am running for school board in order to make sure that all constituent voices are heard, and to give my all to make sure that all stakeholders in our community feel that they are being represented. I have board experience through several local non profit boards, president of the Bellevue Planning Commission as well as 17 years working in public education. My experience on those boards, as well as my longstanding connection to the Bellevue Community will be a great aid in my board service.
In my opinion, the three biggest issues facing our schools are declining enrollment, poor student performance, and below average teacher compensation. All three of these issues are closely related. I feel that our district needs to focus on meaningful professional development for teaching staff as well as administrators. Our administrators need to be seen in the class room, actively involved in instruction. Administrators need to be seen as instructional leaders in their buildings. In order to reverse our student losses to neighboring districts, our state testing scores need to be equal to or greater than our neighboring districts.
As a whole our staff is earning less than they did ten years ago due to previous concessions. Creative solutions would need to be made across all programs.
With two building in our school system it is difficult to imagine a scenario that our schools can operate out of one building. If it were to come to this, other solutions would need to be explored.
I will never be satisfied with academic achievement in our school district. There will always be room for growth. However, our college readiness level, as well as other sate assessment scores are lower than most of our neighboring school districts. This is definitely an area of concern.
I feel that our facilities k-12 instructional facilities are some of the fines in our intermediate school district. However, our closed elementary school is becoming an eyesore with broken/boarded windows and overgrown playgrounds. Responsible decisions need to be made as to the future of this building
Our schools have been placed on a watch list by the state of Michigan due to declining enrollment, financial standing, and poor student achievement. Change is never easy, but I feel in our situation it is necessary. During the first year of our new superintendent's contract somethings went smooth, introducing NWEA testing, developing a new summer school program. Other things could have gone smoother. For the first time in many years enrollment is up at Bellevue. This can't be ignored. As a whole, I am satisfied with our superintendents performance, while I recognize there is great room for improvement going forward.
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Hometown Graduated from Corunna H.S., Corunna, MI
Education Formal Apprenticeship in Tool & Die Moldmaking, plus some additional college experience.
Family Wife Theresa, 3 dogs and a cat.
Professional Experience 4+ decades as a Tool & Die Mold maker, most involved with skilled trades education and Apprenticeship Training. Several positions as an Adjunct Instructor at several local community colleges. Several past and current positions as advisors on education and apprenticeship committees
Political Experience None.
I feel that it is important that ALL students have at a career goal and path when they graduate from High School. I wish to share my 4+ decades of experience in skilled trades education to help influence our students in understanding that further education after High School is a MUST. The “Baby Boomers” retiring have created a huge gap in maintenance occupations in many manufacturing facilities. Our students need more than a job, they need a career. I have spent my whole life involved in Apprenticeship Education. I consider myself a Skilled Trades Advocate. I try to stay on top of hot topics in education in the State of Michigan. I research many of the topics to find out more about them.
1. The turmoil and stress of the staff at the Middle/High School. There have been many cuts and changes in staff, and new hiring. Little, if any of these decisions were made by the Board of Education, who ultimately does the hiring and firing of the staff. 2. We need to end the out flux of students and families to our neighboring school districts. We can bring in students from other districts, but we can’t hold onto our families in the district. Families leave because they feel their complaints are not heard. They feel their voices fall on deaf ears. 3. The lack of diverse extra-curricular activities, such Robotics & Fine Arts Woodworking, etc. We need JV teams in all major sports.
We have cut programs and staff to the bare bones. There is no fat to cut. Our Superintendent is also our elementary school principle. Athletics and other extracurricular activities have been cut again and again. I believe we are looking at this from the wrong perspective. Instead of cutting more, we need to increase our student count. We MUST stop the decline in enrollment numbers, or more cuts WILL have to be made. Even tougher ones. We MUST increase our numbers or we could become the next Albion High School, and this can't happen, or can it? With research and much input from our community residents and business people, we can figure this out and reverse this trend. I am confident of it.
We only have two buildings operating now. The Old Elementary School is the only building not in full operation, and that could be completely shut down. At this point in time I feel that would be detrimental too the community. The quantity of buildings operating is not currently one of the major problems in our district. Closing a building would mean that we would be merging with another School District, such as Maple Valley. I do not feel this topic needs to be addressed at this time.
I believe that there has been some signs of improvement. But I also feel that we have a long way to go. Data suggests that Bellevue is at or near the bottom in academic achievement (scoring) compared to our neighboring schools in the Calhoun ISD. Constant changes in the way the State monitors schools test scores has been detrimental to administrators and teachers alike. The system used currently seams to be more friendly in showing test data almost immediately, with easier to understand data. This helps our staff in evaluating all areas of our education system and evaluate problem areas quicker than with past systems the State has used. We still have a long way to go to catch up with others.
We have fabulous facilities. Nothing to be ashamed of here. It's the lack of programs and extracurricular activities that we have issues with. Those cuts were driven by severe budget cuts. We have great teachers and great staffing. There is always room for improvement, Mostly a few minor maintenance and management issues. If I were to change anything it would be to bring the Soccer games over to the football stadium. That Soccer facility needs some help, but I feel that the football field should be a multi-purpose facility. I would be opposed to doing a major overhaul of the Soccer facility at this point in time.
No. I believe that Mr. Prescott needs to be more of a leader of the entire school system. He does a pretty good job as the Elementary Principle. But he is failing at having any kind of a good relationship at the Middle/High School. That school is running with fear and turmoil constantly. It is felt not only by the staff, but also by the students. One of the things I like best about Bellevue is the feeling that we are all "Family". That is not the feeling at the Middle/High School. Teachers should be able to teach without having to be in fear of the Administration. The Superintendent should be under control of the School Board. It is the other way around. I feel that the Board has no control.
Taxes are current with no other obligations.
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