Candidates running for Greeley School Board Ron Brecheisen (Declined to complete questionnaire) Roger Dewitt (Declined to complete

questionnaire) Donna Downey Steve Hall Logan Mahan Paleri Mann (Declined to complete questionnaire) Rhona Solis (Declined to complete questionnaire)

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Questions 1 The districts reform efforts at present are not on pace to meet the needs of all of the students. 2 The district is moving in the right direction with the districts current leadership. 3 Too many students are not graduating with the skills they need to be successful. In determining teacher employment, student achievement (growth test scores, college and career prep) should play a significant factor (roughly 50%). In determining teacher pay, student achievement (growth test scores, college and career prep) should 5 play a significant factor (roughly 50%). 4 6 Teacher pay should be based primarily upon years of experience and educational attainment. 7 The district needs more focus on measuring effectiveness of programs and spreading best practices. The district results should be compared to results from districts around the world to assure our students can compete in the global market. Turnaround interventions for struggling schools as well as the creation/establishment of charters and 9 other new schools are BOTH important strategies to improving student success. 8 10 Charter schools should receive bond and mill levy funding equal to other public schools (including funding for facilities).

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The district should welcome and assist high-quality charter schools which include allowing high 11 quality charters to operate in one of the districts recently closed facilities, or to co-locate in one of its underutilized facilities even if it means nearby schools might lose enrollment. 12 The district should support high-quality public schools in every neighborhood, regardless of whether the school is managed by the district or is public charter school.

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13 The district must have more funding to improve academic achievement. 14 The district must find a way for funds to go directly to schools. The district's finance system needs to be redesigned so that 70% or more of funding follows students to their public school or program of choice. 16 Funding for schools should be weighted to particular needs such as poverty. Spending should be more transparent and have "return on investment" measures so that we all have a 17 clearer understanding of where taxpayer money is spent and what brings the biggest return on public education investments. 18 Negotiations with all associations (unions) should be held in the open. 15

Each 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 raise student achievement. AFP is listing their top 3. 1. Quality curriculum 2. Quality teachers 3. Meeting high standards

Please rank what you believe are the most important priorities for K-12 education in this district. AFP is listing their top 3. 1. Increase K-12 Funding 2. Increase on-line education options and other learning technology 3. Provide better support for teachers

What do you believe is the most important role a school board member should play in ensuring all students 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 updated technology to help improve educational skills. To make sure teachers are not taxed with so many students, 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 or type 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 single parents.

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 raise student achievement. AFP is listing their top 3. 1. District ensuring schools are accountable for performance 2. Quality teachers 3. Quality principals

Please rank what you believe are the most important priorities for K-12 education in this district. AFP is listing their top 3. 1. Increase the level of accountability and intervention for low-performing schools 2. Reward and hold educators responsible for student results 3. 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 all students 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 next generation.

If you have children who do or did attend schools in the district please list those schools. Please print or type your response. We did not.

Do you support the nearly one billion dollar tax increase on the ballot this year? Why or why not? No. First of all, we should not address an operational issue such as levying taxes thru constitutional amendment. Second, any proposed "Purpose Tax" should always have a sunset provision coupled with a definitive plan as to implementation, use and benchmarking to measure effectiveness or success. Amendment 66 fails on all these areas.

Were you endorsed by the union? No.

School Board Candidate Name: Logan Mahan
Please rank what you believe are the most important areas of concentration for the district to raise student achievement. AFP is listing their top 3. 1. A school board that speaks with one voice. 2. Quality curriculum 3. Quality teachers

Please rank what you believe are the most important priorities for K-12 education in this district. AFP is listing their top 3. 1. Increase the level of accountability and intervention for low - performing schools 2. Redesign teacher evaluation and pay to retain the most effective teachers

3. Revise Collective bargaining agreements so that principals have more authority to hire and fire.

What do you believe is the most important role a school board member should play in ensuring all students in the district receive the education they need and deserve? I feel that the most important role a school board member should play in ensuring all students get the education they deserve is by judiciously overseeing the allocation of funds and resources. A school board member should be an advocate for students and teachers alike. They have the primary responsibility to ensure all students are receiving the best education for the available tax dollars.

If you have children who do or did attend schools in the district please list those schools. Please print or type your response. I have 2 children currently attending Christa McAuliffe Elementary.

Do you support the nearly one billion dollar tax increase on the ballot this year? Why or why not? I am never in support of any amendment to the Constitution without significant cause. In this case, the supporters of this amendment appear to have two objectives – increase taxes and do an end around on TABOR. I support neither objective for the following reasons: 1. The tax increase is not needed. I am tired of hearing that “It’s for the kids.” In this case, it is to save PERA, nothing more and nothing less. 2. The tax increase is not fair and actually requires more mill levy taxes at the local level. It’s like getting the tax increase and then holding it hostage so that only those districts who successfully get a mill levy approved will benefit fully. 3. I value the limitations placed on our government by TABOR and do not want to see anything passed that has the end result of weakening the only real defense we have to unnecessary tax increases.

Were you endorsed by the union? No. I have not met with any union representatives and have had no union endorsements.

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