Sunday, June 30, 2013

Week in Review 6.16-22, 6.23-29

From now until election day on November 5th, I will be meeting people in the district & attending events that will allow me to dive into being a school board director with the knowledge & information needed to immediately get to business.

Week June 16-June 22 (21 weeks till the election)

Met with:

Camas Mayor Scott Higgins
Mayor Higgins was so gracious with his time of managing our wonderful city to share with me the the priorities he hears from Camas citizens.  Out of a town of 20K, half of that are children birth to 18.  People come here for the schools, like we did, so the involvement & awareness is high.  Mayor Higgins talked growth with me and how he's watched our town grow, as a native who went away for college & came back to raise his children.  He's a forward thinker and works closely with our Board & Superintendent to look ahead and think about growth & schools for Camas families.

CSD Business Services Director, Donna Gregg
Donna is such a finance superstar that she made time to give me the broad overview of what the budget COULD look like, BEFORE the state legislature passed the budget.  She was busy working on the many 'what if's' before the actual budget squeaked by before the date of government shut down.  Now that I understand the broad brushstrokes of the budget, I am betting that the details will be shared with the Board on the July 29th (@530 PM at JDZ) at their scheduled board meeting.

Week June 23-June 29


- School Board Meeting

Team Mean Machine, the First Robotics Competition team (made up of students from CHS, WHS, HFHS, & Hockinson came to show their 1st place robot that shot frisbees into a net, spot on every time! It was amazing to hear these kids talk about how they worked together and with other teams to accomplish their 1st place award.
Follow them on Twitter @MeanMachine2471
Other topics discussed were the purchase of 5 new replacement busses 
(did you know they recycle old busses, gut them & use them for grounds & maintenance?), 
approval of School Data Soluntions (a way to look at data on each child, extracting from 
Skyward & tests), AIMSweb renewal, approval of the Armory Gym Roof replacement.

H-RoC Political Action Committee meet & greet.  

This is a group that is engaging & connecting women throughout the community, providing support for women in political & civic roles.  I was able to meet their board of directors along with fellow candidates, in a relaxed meet & greet setting at The Grant House.  What an inspirational group of leaders in one place, which also highlighted what a small world it is having 1st & 2nd hand connections with several of them!  It was a fun evening!

Met with:

- CSD Human Resources Director, Rita Pakenen
Thank you to Rita who shared with me the five unions that make up our school district, their leaders & how often she negotiates contracts with them.  We also discussed details in hiring & retaining quality personnel. 

Hayes Freedom High School principal, Amy Holmes

There is a teacher for every student and a learning environment for every student.  Hayes Freedom is the epitome of that opportunity.  Hayes Freedom HS is the choice HS for students out of middle school and can attend all 4 years or part of their years.  They are a small school built on a a true block schedule, have fewer teachers & the ability to have narrower transitions within the day.  Whatever your child's learning style is, they have a choice in HS between CHS & HFHS. Meeting with Amy was a true highlight of my week because understanding this choice that our students have in the CSD is so exciting and I believe, not fully understood in the community.  I hope that a senior will take this challenge of HFHS needing some good public relations & tackle a movie and some 30 second PSA spots about HFHS to share at the elementary level news, middle school news & with the community!


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