MIKE DOOLEY- Bossier Parish School Board District 1
Q. What made you decide to run for BPSB?
A. All the problems they’re having at the SB, and then they were talking about raising mytaxes again, and then their wasting money like it’s water.
Q. Why do you think you’re qualified to serve on the BPSB?
A. Well I work with kids every day through the Truancy Center and see a lot of problemsthat they have in the schools: like discipline for one; the drop-out rate, number two. Weneed to do something to get that drop out rate down and I think that’s going to be a two-fold education. You’re not going to do it with just college kids. You teach some of thesekids a skill or craft and they make more money than a lawyer.
Q. Recently, the BPSB considered a tax increase to cushion against cuts in state funding. Do you support a tax increase, cutting spending, or a combination of the two tohelp cushion against state funding cuts?
A. You ought not raise any taxes until you have completely gone through your budget andcut it to the bone.
Q. What is your position on the recently announced positions of Graduation Coaches, Behavior Coaches, Response for Intervention Coaches?
A. It’s crazy. You’ve already got a deficit on your on your retirement system, you’rerunning a deficit in your bank, now you’re going to hire more people. In my opinion to doa job that Truancy does part of that job; your teachers ought to be discipline coaches. Theteachers ought to be able to discipline kids in the class. When they tell them to sit down,you sit down. If you don’t, consequences are coming, and quit beating around the bush.
Q. What do you believe is the role of a School Board member?
A. I think it’s kind of like an oversight, make sure the school’s heading in the rightdirection, making sure they’re not spending more than they need to on wasteful spending.