School board members reflect on goals


By Amber Bartley

Jan Anderson:

Bagpiper: What have you done since winning the election?

Anderson: “I had total knee replacement the week after being re-elected to the school board. I missed one board meeting and one work session, however, DJ Hines, the board president at the time, kept me informed as to current board activities by bringing work to me at the hospital. My primary focus upon my return was the Superintendent’s evaluation and contract. I also met with the newly elected members to give us an opportunity to get acquainted and share ideas about having a positive start to the school year with a new board.”

BP: What would you like to see from the school system, faculty, and students in the next few months?

JA: “The school board is currently addressing ways to get the community more actively involved and informed as to our schools and school corporation – encouraging a partnership with the community and the school corporation.”

BP: What is something new you would like to see occur during the next few months?

JA: “In the next few months I am hopeful to see a ‘yes’ vote for the proposed referendum. I would like to see a continuation of what has been a successful beginning of the 2014-15 school year.”

Donna Corbett:

Bagpiper: What have you done since winning the election?

Corbett: “I visited Prosser and was very impressed with the programs they offer. I’m hoping the referendum will help update the facility, encourage investment from the business community and eventually increase the number of fields and skills offered there. I’ve also been reading up on strategies for successful school corporations and getting to know others on the board.”

BP: What would you like to see from the school system, faculty, and students in the next few months?

DC:” I’d like to hear your voices. I’d like to see a special interest group form where folks can suggest and vet innovative ideas on ways to improve test scores, the teaching and learning environment, school spirit etc. We realize that most people don’t have the time or desire to sit through a boring school board meeting with limited ability to comment. We can drive change but we need your input.”

BP: What is something new you would like to see occur during the next few months?

DC: “I’d love to see a healthy public debate (Pro and Con) about the referendum that will be on the ballot in May.  This process should be covered in curriculum whenever possible. It is a teachable moment as to how our tax dollars work, the election process and how  government and schools work hand in hand. I’d also like to see us go to On-Line classes in place of snow days.”

DJ Hines:

Bagpiper: What have you done since winning the election?

Hines: “Having already been a board member, continuing to serve. We have successfully extended the superintendent’s contract and reorganized the board’s officers. The board voted to move forward with a referendum to build two replacement elementary schools and remodel Prosser.

BP: What would you like to see from the school system, faculty, and students in the next few months?

DH: “  I hope the school community will support the referendum. In any organization there is always a wish-list. Having studied the priorities of the organizations wish/needs-list we need to remove these large needs in order to progress down the priorities list to insure we leave the next generation of students with adequate, and adequately maintained facilities. I hope the faculty will continue with their efforts as a collaborative educational community and that the student put forth an effort to become productive citizens and that they take advantage of the educational opportunities before them.”

BP: What is something new you would like to see occur during the next few months?

DH:”I hope the newly constituted board can embrace and operate as a collaborative body,  much like the faculty has”

Lee Ann Wiseheart:

Bagpiper:What have you done since winning the election?

LW: “I have been doing a lot of listening and learning since my service has begun on the Board of School Trustees. I’m gaining knowledge of policies that are working well for our corporation and finding policies that are in need of refreshing.”

BP: What would you like to see from the school system, faculty, and students in the next few months?

LW: “I hope to see stronger relationships established and maintained throughout our corporation. I am also very hopeful that communication between the school corporation and our community becomes an exciting and powerful “two-way street” that engages and empowers all Floyd County residences to openly share ideas and concerns and embrace our children and schools.”

BP: What is something new you would like to see occur during the next few months?

LW:”During the next few months I hope to see Floyd County residence crave information and clarity about the referendum. I hope that they take the information and exercise their authority at the voting booth in May.”

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