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District 3 Candidate Suzanne Jenkins Questionnaire

District 3 Candidate Suzanne Jenkins Questionnaire

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Suzanne Jenkins responses to a questionnaire issued by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, the Duval County Council of PTAs, Save Duval Schools, the Jacksonville Kids Coalition and the Jacksonville Urban League.
Suzanne Jenkins responses to a questionnaire issued by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, the Duval County Council of PTAs, Save Duval Schools, the Jacksonville Kids Coalition and the Jacksonville Urban League.

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2012SCHOOLBOARDCANDIDATEQUESTIONNAIRE
TheJacksonvillePublicEducationFund,SaveDuvalSchools,DuvalCountyPTA,JacksonvilleKidsCoalitionandJacksonvilleUrbanLeaguearenonpartisanorganizations.
Wedonotsupportorendorseanyspecificcandidate.Ourgoalistoeducatethecommunityandpromoteincreasedparticipationinschoolboardelections.Candidateresponsestoallquestionswillbepublishedverbatimonaspecialwebsiteatwww.schoolboard2012.org.Whilecandidatesarestronglyencouragedtocompletethequestionnaireinitsentirety,partialornon-participationwillnotpreventcandidatesfromparticipatinginsubsequentpublicforumsorotherelection-relatedeventshostedbytheseorganizations.
ThedeadlineforreturningthissurveyisJuly2,2012
.Noresponseswillbeacceptedafterthisdateandallresponseswillbepublishedsimultaneouslytothewebsitesubsequenttothisdate.
CandidateName:
____________________________________________________________
SchoolBoardDistrict:
__________
CampaignWebSite:
____________________________________________________________PrimaryCampaignContact
Name:
____________________________________________________________
E-mailAddress:
____________________________________________________________
PhoneNumber:
____________________________________________________________
Suzanne Jenkins3www.putkids1st.comSuzanne Jenkinsccssj@comcast.net904-318-6883
 
3CandidateBiographicalInformationPleaseprovideashortbiographicalsummaryofnomorethan500wordsthatcanbeusedonwww.schoolboard2012.orgwebsiteandinotherpublications:
I am a proven leader who will fight for all of our children. I am a parent, small business owner, citizen activist, and former City Council member who has apassion for public education. My husband and I graduated from Jacksonville’spublic schools, as have our three children. Our commitment to public educationis clear: We’ve invested in our public school system with children.In 1989 our oldest began Kindergarten. I became very involved in volunteering,from Room Mom to PTA member. I held leadership positions at Love Grove within the PTA and as President at Pine Forest Elementary. I also was very involved in the School Advisory Councils (SAC), both as member and Vice Chairat Pine Forest and Landon Middle School. I was a SAC member Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Englewood High School. For over 20 years Ihave been intimately involved in and dedicated to making sure our public schoolsare meeting the needs of the student and their families.That involvement led me to run for City Council. I served on the Jacksonville City Council for two terms 1999-2007. I’ve led City Council Committees,neighborhood associations, PTAs, School Advisory Councils and my own business. I work by creating effective relationships with people from all walks olife—and I never give up.My ability to identify issues and build consensus regarding solutions is an asset I bring to the school board. I have eight years of experience as an elected officialserving on City Council committees and interacting with the Mayor’s officeaddressing a multitude of issues that face us as a city. This experience makes mea strong candidate for the school board and the issues we are face today.Now is the time to break through barriers to our school system’s success. I am aproven leader who will fight for all of our children—Jacksonville’s children
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Instructions
Pleaseanswereachofthequestionsbelow.
Ifyouneedadditionalspaceorwishtoelaborateonyouranswerstooneormorequestions,pleasefeelfreetoattachadditionalpagestothisquestionnaire.
Pleasemakesure,however,toidentifythequestiontowhichyouarerespondingbynumbersowecancorrectlyalignyourresponseswiththeproperquestion.Youmayrespondbyemail,fax,orpostalmail.Directionsonhowtodosoareattheendofthesurveydocument.
Questions
Overall1.
 
IfyouhadtogivetheDuvalCountyPublicSchoolsagrade,howwouldyourateitscurrentperformanceateducatinga.
 
High-performingstudents?_
_A_____B_____C_____D_____Fb.
 
Averagestudents?_____A_____B_
_C_____D_____Fc.
 
At-riskstudents?_____A_
_B_____C_____D_____F2.
 
InwhatrespectsdoyouthinkDuvalCountyPublicSchoolsaredoingwellintheirmissiontoeducatestudentsinJacksonville?
 
In my opinion over the last 4 years the school district has calmed the troubledwaters left by the last superintendent. They have dealt with declining budgetsand have set in place reading readiness programs that have been very effectivewith our elementary population. They have instituted Voluntary Pre- Kindergartenat our elementary schools and raised the curriculum standards beyond staterequirements and instituted Advanced Placement classes in more of our highschools, expanded the IB program into other high schools and addressed theneed for career academies while also helping students to get on and stay ontrack to attend college after high school. They have dealt with a state legislaturethat continues to micromanage local school districts without regard or accountability for their actions. They have not quit when the going got tough. It isunfortunate that we didn’t have a superintendent that grew into the position hewas accountable for. I know that every effort was made to give him the toolsnecessary to make the surgical cuts that should have been made had he been

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