Aside from the budget, what are your two top priorities for the Ypsilanti schools?
Maintain and increase student enrollment is a top priority as is retaining and recruiting top talent in or district in all areas.
What ideas do you have for reducing students' out-of-school days (unexcused absences)?
I wish I had an answer to this issue, my approach is similar to what we've done so far in our new district and that is involve our community and stake holders in the solution.
Staff morale has been an issue in the school district. How do you think the board should monitor and respond to staff morale issues, if at all? What ideas do you have for reducing staff turnover in the coming year?
Maintain honest and open communication with all employees in our district. Develop the kind of relationship that assures our employees there is no hidden agenda. Help them completely understand what we have to work with. Board meetings are open to everyone but if we need to hold special meetings then we should find a way to do that. Engage the Union in this process.
Are you satisfied with the district’s openness and transparency to parents, employees, and community members/taxpayers? If yes, why? If no, what changes would you propose?
Yes, we have totally kept our promises in this area.
Hindsight is perfect, but: whether you are an incumbent, or not: Name one decision that the YCS school board made in the last six months that you think was a very good decision; and name one decision that the school board made in the last six months that you wish had been decided differently.
Keeping students first place and allowing for student voice has worked extremely well. The Truancy issue could have been communicated better.
Assuming that you are elected, name one or two other board candidates that you would like to see serve beside you, and explain why.
I can work with anyone who is dedicated to the cause and can move our district forward.