Voter Guide

The counties included in the voters guide for the Nov. 5, 2019 elections are: Montgomery, Warren, Miami, Greene, Clark, Champaign, and Butler.

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Graham School Board {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

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  • Toni Kite

  • Leslie Maurice

  • Alan Mitchell

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    Ryan Pine

  • Brittany Todd

  • David Uhl

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Biographical Information

What are the 3 biggest challenges facing the school district? How would you deal with them?

What makes you qualified to be on the school board and gives you an advantage over other candidates?

What is your position on state testing and graduation requirements?

What would you do to close the skills gap that employers say is hindering their ability to find workers?

Are there any areas where you believe the school district currently underspends, or overspends?

Is the school district doing enough to ensure student safety? If not, what else should they be doing?

Are there any subjects or topics not currently being taught (or not taught broadly enough) that you would like to see expanded?

What other changes could be made that you think would improve students’ academic performance?

If you had to choose between increasing the number of regular teachers, to lower class size, or increasing the number of counselors/social workers/mental-health therapists/school resource officers to deal with non-academic issues, which would you choose?

What other information do you want voters to have about you?

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Experience I have 4 years experience on the Graham School Board and 20 years experience in education.
Education Graduate of Graham High School, 1994 B.Ed., Urbana University, 1999
Graham has had a historic issue with passing new, operating money which limits district leaders in planning for long-term progress towards achievement. The next board will need to continue to improve lines of communication with its community members to identify the issues preventing levy approval as well as what type of issue and amount its voters would be willing to support. Communication in our district is difficult with its population so sparsely spread throughout its large geographic area. We have increased the use of social media, conducted surveys, restarted distribution of a quarterly newsletter, and held various public meetings trying to gather information for a levy. We need to continue to find ways to connect with the community as their support is critical to Graham's progress. Our community expects a quality education and our graduates deserve preparation for their chosen pathways. We need to continue to improve academically with or without new revenue.
I have lived in the district my entire life, have 20 years of experience in education, and have been on the school board for 4 years.
I understand the necessity to evaluate the effectiveness of our schools which are funded with taxpayer money. There needs to be accountability to ensure the effective use of our money. I disagree that written tests administered on consecutive days as other state tests, amid MAP testing, and SLO assessments are an effective way to judge student achievement. There are many factors that the schools cannot control, but do impact test scores and report cards. Schools cannot control factors like the ability level of students coming in, family life, income levels, and funding but they are judged by a system that is impacted by these factors. There are massive differences in per-pupil funding and yet we are judged by the same standards. Evaluating growth over time seems more effective than testing achievement. State standards are necessary for guidance in producing equitable graduates. I like the most recent graduation requirements that give students multiple ways to earn a diploma.
Schools need to be in continual communication with employers, universities, and the military to gauge whether the skills and knowledge being taught actually prepare its graduates for these pathways.
I do not believe that Graham's spending is out of line with comparable districts and state averages. It is our local revenue effort where we are behind. Increased local revenues could help increase spending on instruction while trying to remain competitive with staff salaries.
I have three daughters, one in each building, in the district and believe that our leaders are doing everything possible to keep them safe. We recently hired a school resource officer, communicate appropriately with families when concerns arise and practice safety drills to help people prepare for situations.
Our high school is currently involved in developing a transformation plan to evaluate these issues.
We need to support effective literacy development and find ways to increase achievement amongst our students with disabilities.
Our class sizes, especially at K-5, are pretty comfortable in comparison to our budget. I know that social and emotional issues seem to be on the rise and our support for these issues is limited. These issues have big impact on achievement and classroom management, so I would support increasing support for non-academic issues.
I believe that a quality education is the key to individual and community success and I want our students and community to be successful. I enjoy living in our small community and especially value the environment it provides for raising a family. A strong community requires strong schools at its heart. They will produce our community’s future employees, employers, and leaders.
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