The Morning Journal Election Questionnaire Date Completed: 9/12/2013 Office Sought: Huron City Board of Education Political

Party: N/A Name: Donna Green Age: 61

Place of Birth: Sandusky, OH Home Address: 540 Adams Ave, Huron, OH 44839 Length of residence in that community: 61 years Facebook: Twitter: no no

Occupation: Educator Employer: Ohio State University Extension 2900 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, OH 44870

Business address:

Elected office experience: Two terms on Huron City Board of Education (currently running for 3rd term) Non-elected office experience:
1996 - 2008 2001 - 2009 2000 - 2010 2007 - 2010 2008 - 2010 1996 - 2012 Board Member, FCS Advisory Board—Sandusky City Schools Board Member, Home of Hope Erie County Health Department—Women’s Health Taskforce Eating Disorders Task Force Erie County Foreclosure Task Force Board Member, GRADS Advisory Board -- Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Vocational Education (EHOVE) Erie County Breastfeeding Task Force Erie County Senior Issues Coalition Committee Member, CHIP (Community Health Initiative Plan)

1995 - Present 2013 - Present 2013 - Present

Education:

BS, Bowling Green State University MA, University of Nebraska (Lincoln)

Marital Status: Single Name and age of children: Organizations: Janice, 34, James, 32

1995 - Present 1995 - Present 1995 - Present 2000 - Present 2002 - Present 2005 - Present 2008 - Present 2008 - Present 2008 - Present

Ohio Nutrition Council, Columbus, Ohio, Professional Society. Ohio Association of Family and Consumer Science, OAFCS, Columbus, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, AAFCS, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Lincoln, Nebraska Kappa Omicron Nu, East Lansing, Michigan Ohio School Board Association, Columbus, Epsilon Sigma Phi, Alpha Eta Chapter Ohio Association Extension Professionals, Columbus, Ohio, United States National Extension Association Family Consumer Sciences, Dallas, Texas

Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you’d like to change, address, improve or further research, and how specifically would you go about it? Financial Oversight—Budget cuts begin with an assessment by the school board, the superintendent and treasurer. We look at every line item to ascertain areas where we can reduce expenses and eliminate deficit spending. We then examine how much we can spend to maintain or improve current achievement levels. I think the strategic plan, in conjunction with teachers, administrators, and the community, should also be consulted for input as to changes or cuts. Then we (the board) ultimately must decide how to make the district’s educational vision fit the budget we can afford. Technology—We need to decide as a district the direction we want to go in regards to the use of technology in the classroom. All districts are coming to a crossroads where they will have to decide whether to keep investing in traditional textbooks or segue over to primarily technical options. No one disagrees that technology is an important part of education in 2013. But technology is expensive; with the added impediment that it usually becomes obsolete within 3-4 years. That makes purchasing decisions difficult. Integrating technology into classroom instruction means more than teaching basic computer skills in a separate computer class. It needs to deepen and enhance the learning process. In particular, it must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to the real world.

Curriculum—I would like to see more practical, real-life requirements placed into the core curriculum; specifically financial resource management and nutrition/food preparation. Ohio currently has a financial literacy requirement, but there are no time parameters associated with it. Districts can spend as much or as little time as they see fit meeting the requirement. The Financial Literacy Implementation Committee (a collaboration of the Ohio Treasurer’s office and the Ohio Department of Education) believes that dedicating a complete course to this content will be far more effective in building the skills intended by legislators in 2007. A stand-alone course can expand a student’s understanding of not only the fundamentals of personal finance, but also of the economic principles that serve as the underpinning of an understanding of the financial literacy body of knowledge. The two biggest issues facing our nation today are health and wealth. We send our children out into the adult world without the tools they need to care for themselves and their families over a lifetime. Our obesity rates and financial disasters are a result of decades of inattention to life skills education. Whether for past accomplishments or future goals, why should voters elect you? The makeup of the School Board is critical. It needs informed, skilled and thoughtful citizens who will monitor district finances, evaluate and adopt policies, manage the collective bargaining process, and oversee the superintendent and treasurer positions. The behavior board members show at meetings and in the community directly influences the impression residents and outsiders have of the school district, and indirectly, the community at large. The inflammatory issues within the district this past year in Huron have been a referendum on moral development and character. Students are keenly sensitive to the qualities of their teachers and administrators. I made executive decisions based on what I thought was in the best interests of our students and staff. I hope the citizens of Huron concur.

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