This year the School Board again decided to spend from reserves to pay everyday bills. This is not a sustainable way to run an organization. On the School Board I will cut redundant costs and expand revenue by allowing other districts to pay for our Volusia Online Services that are regarded as the premier distancing learning in the state.
There is a lack of accountability at the district. At Mainland High School, nearly 500 students enrolled in an AP class that the district did not properly fund. Students were lied to and told they could receive college credit, but fake exams were given to save money. There was no accountability. If students are going to work hard for the college credit the school promised, they deserve to take the real exam that provides real credit.
We are losing many of our best teachers to neighboring districts for better pay and support in the classroom. We spend millions of dollars a year on one size fits all approaches instead of listening to educators about what they need. We can’t let our students miss out on the best education possible because the district is too lazy to figure out what each classroom needs.
Whether it be from intruders on school campuses or from Coronavirus, we need to keep everyone on our campuses safe. Sheriff Chitwood endorsed me because he knows I am a planner and I will keep our students and the education professionals safe.
As a healthcare professional, I can tell you that mental health is just as important as physical health. There are many resources available from the state that we can dedicate to our schools so students will receive the help they need. When we address mental health first, students will learn better, misbehave less, and have a better quality of life. When we invest in students when they are younger, they will have more opportunity later in their education and later in life.