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Mason school board four-year term

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    Christopher Mumby

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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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Hometown Dimondale
Education B.A. Business Administration - Michigan State University, HS Diploma Eaton Rapids High School
Family Wife - Dionne 21 years, Children: Jon - Class of 2009, Nick - Class of 2018, Brendan - Class of 2021
Professional Experience City of Lansing - 12 Years Interim Deputy Director of Public Service, Business, Permits, and Technology Manager, Departmental Coordinator. Previous employment includes Transportation Security Administration, General Motors, King Venture
Political Experience None
I love Mason. I have lived here for 17 years, and have been active in the community longer. I recently completed a three-year term on the Mason Public Schools Foundation serving as vice president and then president. I have volunteered as a leader for our church youth program for 20 years, and am an active volunteer for Mason schools. I served on the Mason school improvement committee in 2015 and am currently on the School Steering Committee. In addition to my community experience, I have extensive experience managing budgets. In my position with the City of Lansing, I serve on the team that develops and manages the $80+ million Public Service Department budget. I am prepared to serve Mason.
Our facilities audit details a long list of repairs needed at all of our buildings. Some are immediate needs, some can be delayed for a few years. We need a capital improvement plan to address our immediate and long term needs.

Our elementary schools are overcrowded. A recent study conducted by the Mason School District indicates that growth will continue.

Our buildings need safety and security updates as well as significant technology upgrades.

These issues are all important and there are more. I am a member of the School Study Committee and we are tasked with developing a plan to address these and other district needs.

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Dealing with difficult budget decisions will absolutely be a part of the school board position. The board members need to get all of the facts surrounding how budget decisions affect the ability of our staff to teach and for our kids to learn. It is our job to provide the direction and allocate the resources to help prepare our children for life after graduation. Not all decisions will be popular, and not all people have the same priorities.
That is not a current issue in Mason. We are currently investigating solutions to address the growth we are currently experiencing. This is one of the issues the School Study Committee on which I serve is working to resolve. While no recommendation has been made, one idea being discussed to help with overcrowding is to move some elementary students back to Harvey Education Center (Cedar Street School). This costs less than constructing a new building and seems to have community support based on a school survey.
Overall I am pleased with the academic achievement of our district. Our achievement scores are generally higher than the state average. There is definitely room for improvement though. One key improvement tool that our district has put in place is our District Strategic Plan. There is a lot of information about the plan on the district website http://www.masonk12.net/academics/district-and-school-improvement.

There is also a separate improvement plan for each elementary school, Mason Middle School and Mason High School.
No, I am not satisfied with our facilities. Our district has done a reasonably good job maintaining them with the funds we have, but our buildings are aging and more money is needed. The facilities audit details millions of dollars of repairs needed within the next few years. Our technology infrastructure is not built to handle today’s needs. Educators use technology to enhance the learning experience for our kids and many of the classrooms do not have the equipment needed or it doesn’t work properly. All of our buildings need safety and security improvements. These needs cannot all be addressed within the District’s general fund budget and current sinking fund.
Superintendent Ron Drzewicki has been in his position in Mason for just two years, taking over for a long term school employee who had been superintendent for four years. In Ron’s two years with us he has helped the district implement a new strategic plan, conduct a district wide facility audit, held numerous community forums, and brought a new energy to the district. I am very pleased with the leadership he has provided and anticipate more positives in the future.
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