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Greeley 6

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Candidates running for Douglas County School Board
Ron Brecheisen (Declined to complete questionnaire)Roger Dewitt (Declined to complete questionnaire)Donna DowneySteve HallLogan MahanPaleri Mann (Declined to complete questionnaire)Rhona Solis (Declined to complete questionnaire)
Color Coded Answer KeyStrongly DisagreeDisagreeNeutralAgreeStrongly AgreeQuestions DowneyHallMahan
1
The districts reform efforts at present are not on pace to meet the needs of all of the students.NeutralStrongly AgreeStrongly Agree
2
The district is moving in the right direction with the districts current leadership.DisagreeDisagreeStrongly Disagree
3
Too many students are not graduating with the skills they need to be successful.AgreeStrongly AgreeAgree
4
In determining teacher employment, student achievement (growth test scores, college and career prep)should play a significant factor (roughly 50%).NeutralStrongly AgreeAgree
5
In determining teacher pay, student achievement (growth test scores, college and career prep) shouldplay a significant factor (roughly 50%).AgreeStrongly AgreeAgree
6
Teacher pay should be based primarily upon years of experience and educational attainment.NeutralStrongly DisagreeDisagree
7
The district needs more focus on measuring effectiveness of programs and spreading best practices.AgreeAgreeStrongly Agree
8
The district results should be compared to results from districts around the world to assure ourstudents can compete in the global market.AgreeAgreeDisagree
9
Turnaround interventions for struggling schools as well as the creation/establishment of charters andother new schools are BOTH important strategies to improving student success.AgreeAgreeStrongly Agree
10
Charter schools should receive bond and mill levy funding equal to other public schools (includingfunding for facilities).NeutralDisagreeAgree
11
The district should welcome and assist high-quality charter schools which include allowing high - qualitycharters to operate in one of the districts recently closed facilities, or to co-locate in one of itsunderutilized facilities even if it means nearby schools might lose enrollment.AgreeAgreeAgree
 
12
The district should support high-quality public schools in every neighborhood, regardless of whether theschool is managed by the district or is public charter school.NeutralStrongly AgreeStrongly Agree
13
The district must have more funding to improve academic achievement.AgreeDisagreeStrongly Disagree
14
The district must find a way for funds to go directly to schools.Strongly AgreeAgreeStrongly Agree
15
The district's finance system needs to be redesigned so that 70% or more of funding follows students totheir public school or program of choice.AgreeAgreeAgree
16
Funding for schools should be weighted to particular needs such as poverty.NeutralAgreeDisagree
17
Spending should be more transparent and have "return on investment" measures so that we all have aclearer understanding of where taxpayer money is spent and what brings the biggest return on publiceducation investments.AgreeAgreeStrongly Agree
18
Negotiations with all associations (unions) should be held in the open.AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeEach candidate was asked to answer addition questions. See below.
School Board Candidate Name: Donna Downey
Please rank what you believe are the most important areas of concentration for the district to raisestudent achievement. AFP is listing their top 3.
1. Quality curriculum2. Quality teachers3. Meeting high standards
Please rank what you believe are the most important priorities for K-12 education in this district. AFP islisting their top 3.
1. Increase K-12 Funding2. Increase on-line education options and other learning technology3. Provide better support for teachers
What do you believe is the most important role a school board member should play in ensuring allstudents in the district receive the education they need and deserve?
I believe that there should be no child left behind. We must make sure that our children have updatedtechnology to help improve educational skills. To make sure teachers are not taxed with so manystudents, and to be able to give our children the highest quality of teaching.
If you have children who do or did attend schools in the district please list those schools. Please print ortype your response.
Shawsheen Elementary, Heath Middle School
 
Do you support the nearly one billion dollar tax increase on the ballot this year? Why or why not?
No. This tax increase will be much of burden on families especially families with low incomes or singleparents.
Were you endorsed by the union?
No, I was not.
School Board Candidate Name: Steve Hall
Please rank what you believe are the most important areas of concentration for the district to raisestudent achievement. AFP is listing their top 3.
1. District ensuring schools are accountable for performance2. Quality teachers3. Quality principals
Please rank what you believe are the most important priorities for K-12 education in this district. AFP islisting their top 3.
1. Increase the level of accountability and intervention for low-performing schools2. Reward and hold educators responsible for student results3. Redesign teacher evaluation and pay to retain the most effective teachers
What do you believe is the most important role a school board member should play in ensuring allstudents in the district receive the education they need and deserve?
There are a number of items which I believe are essential.1. Equitable treatment of all schools, charter & public.2. We must empower principals and teachers to adapt to the students needs.3. We must hold principals and teachers accountable for student performance.4. Board Members MUST manage the business of education for success (financial, performance,innovation, etc., )5. We must always remember 1st and foremost that we are responsible for equipping the nextgeneration.
If you have children who do or did attend schools in the district please list those schools. Please print ortype your response.

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