Glendale Elementary - School Board Candidate Survey Results

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  Candidates were asked to limit their responses to no more than 50 words.
The following candidates have not responded: Martin Samaniego, Sonya Taft-Berges
 
1. List your experience relative to public education.

Rosemary Arthur
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Aside from volunteering as a teacher's aide when my children were attending school and conducting adult training at my former place of employment, I have no formal experience in the field of education. I just have a desire to make a difference in the local community by donating my time as a member of the School Board.

Bernadette Bolognini
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Appointed Glendale Elementary School District Governing Board Member in October 07, Substitute Teacher, Teacher's Aid, 3 children who attended Public Schools.

Anna Huberman-Arnaud
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Experience in education: Degree in Elementary School Education, Adjunct Professor College of Charleston, Co-chair Independence High School Planning Team and current IHS Site Council community representative, IHS Volunteer of the Year 2006-2007. I have two children who graduated with honors from the GESD and GUHSD.

Steve Johnston
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I have served as a governing board member for 8 years with 7 of those as President. I am also a member of the District Trust Board as well as the Strategic Planning Committee.

MaryAnn Wilson
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Music Teacher-12 years, taught adult ESL classes-3 years, member of Cartwright District Strategic Support Team-2 years.



2. List the top three responsibilities of a Governing Board member.

Rosemary Arthur
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1. Financial Management - working with the Superintendent and Administration to oversee an annual budget that encompasses staff, building and their contents, and educational programs. 2. Personnel - the board hires and monitors the Superintendent. The board is involved with the hiring and evaluation of staff and is responsible for policies involving salaries and terms & conditions of employment. 3. Community Relations - a board member should maintain a line of communication with staff, students, parents, and the community in general

Bernadette Bolognini
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Advocate for children in the district/ensure that there is a benchmark to measure children's progress. Hire Superintendent and review performance. Oversee the Budget/ensure the budget is transparent.

Anna Huberman-Arnaud
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Since the Governing Board's primary functions are, setting the direction for the district, adopting the budget and hiring competent administrators, the members should keep abreast of what is happening in the district, visit the schools, participate in the meetings, asking probing and informative questions and making sure the administrators are accountable.

Steve Johnston
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1. Set policy and hold all parties accountable.
2. Hire the Superintendent and hold accountable.
3. Assure sound fiscal management.

MaryAnn Wilson
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1. Advocate for the children in our schools.
2. Guide development of the district budget to meet goals.
3. To be an ambassador for public education in the community.



3. As a Governing Board member cite your highest state legislative public education priority and describe your plan of action to effectively work with our state legislators to resolve the issue.

Rosemary Arthur
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The highest state legislative priority would have to be funding. As a Governing Board member I would make it my duty to become familiar with any legislation that would cut or alter the disbursement of school funding. I would reach out to my community and urge them to contact their local legislature concerning activity that would have an adverse affect on the students of the Glendale Elementary District.

Bernadette Bolognini
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Support funding at the State level/seek legislation that adequately funds English Language Learners, Transportation, increased funding for school personnel/grass root effort is the best approach/talk to the legislator and have concerned parents, teachers, school personnel write letters to the legislator in our district and meet directly/must constantly make the legislator aware of the importance of public education year round/not just election time.

Anna Huberman-Arnaud
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All Legislators say that education is their highest priority but it is never reflected in the budget. My priority is to assure adequate funding and to establish education as a top priority for our representatives and I propose to insure we have someone advocating for GESD at the Legislature.

Steve Johnston
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My biggest issue has always been per pupil funding. Our district is greatly impacted by poverty and language barriers and yet we are funded the same as districts who do not have those issues. I will continue to work with legislators through Arizona School Boards Association to correct this injustice.

MaryAnn Wilson
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Board members need to be knowledgeable on state funding for education and state laws affecting education, and should keep state legislators informed of the effect these have with regards to student achievement.



4. Address the financial and personnel challenges surrounding the need to attract quality new teachers to your school district as well as retain experienced master teachers, who may feel short-changed financially.

Rosemary Arthur
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One of the biggest challenges will be if the override does not pass. It will require creative and innovative ideas to keep as much of the staff as possible. I think to retain quality teachers it is important to let them know they are appreciated and someone is paying attention to their concerns. We need open communication with the teachers and a collaborative effort to make this district a great place to work with satisfied staff and outstanding scholastic performance.

Bernadette Bolognini
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The Governing Board needs to ensure that there is a competitive salary schedule in place comparable to other school districts. Experienced Master teachers' receive additional money by mentoring new teachers. Teachers also need to feel valued. This can be accomplished by allowing teachers to participate in curriculum planning and new programs. You want teachers to have a buy in with changes in the district. Communication is the key. Too many times teachers feel left out and that the district does not respect their time and effort in the classroom.

Anna Huberman-Arnaud
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Obviously, an aggressive starting salary and performance incentives are essential to hire and retain talented teachers but the biggest challenge is creating and fomenting an inviting work environment where teachers feel welcome and appreciated. There should be fluid communication between the board, the administrators and the teachers.

Steve Johnston
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We need to improve retention. We had may meetings with our teachers this year to get their input on how we can improve. We have compiled that data and are now implementing the suggestions. We'll monitor the results.

MaryAnn Wilson
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The override is crucial to the Glendale Elementary School district if we want to meet the challenges of class size, materials, and up to date technology. All of these things attract quality new teachers to the district, as well as competitive starting salaries, and help to retain experienced teachers.



5. Rank the impact each of the following funding sources currently has on your school district:

School Facilities Board Funding,
Excess Utilities Funding,
Per Pupil Funding Formula,
Maintenance & Operations and/or Capital Override(s),
Desegregation Funding

Rosemary Arthur
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#1: Maintenance & Operations and/or Capital Override(s)
#2: Per Pupil Funding Formula
#3: School Facilities Board Funding
#4: Excess Utilities Funding
#5: Desegregation Funding

Bernadette Bolognini
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#1: Maintenance & Operations and/or Capital Override(s)
#2: Per Pupil Funding Formula
#3: School Facilities Board Funding
#4: Excess Utilities Funding
#5: Desegregation Funding

Anna Huberman-Arnaud
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#1: Per Pupil Funding Formula
#2: School Facilities Board Funding
#3: Maintenance & Operations and/or Capital Override(s)
#4: Excess Utilities Funding
#5: Desegregation Funding

Steve Johnston
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#1: Maintenance & Operations and/or Capital Override(s)
#2: Per Pupil Funding Formula
#3: Excess Utilities Funding
#4: School Facilities Board Funding
#5: Desegregation Funding

MaryAnn Wilson
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#1: Maintenance & Operations and/or Capital Override(s)
#2: Per Pupil Funding Formula
#3: School Facilities Board Funding
#4: Excess Utilities Funding
#5: Desegregation Funding



6. Provide an explanation for your two highest ranked choices in Question 5:
Rosemary Arthur
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These two items are vital to keeping our schools open and functional. They involve paying the salaries for the staff and daily maintenance of all the District facilities. Bottom 3 Funding: The School Facilities Board Funding and the Excess Utilities Funding are also important. Without these funds it would be necessary to use some of the monies that pay for salaries and other necessary expenditures to cover these bills. Desegregation Funding is not applicable to the Glendale Elementary District at this time.

Bernadette Bolognini
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Maintenance & Operation/Captial override is first since GESD has an Override on the ballot this November. The override will ensure that we keep Librarians, PE, Art, Music etc. If we lose the override, we lose these programs and class size will increase. This will be detrimental to the student and to the community. Per Pupil Funding formula is important since we lose money if we do not attract students to the district. This year we lost students and the district finds itself scrambling to find additional funds and still see class size increase.

Anna Huberman-Arnaud
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These two choices are the largest bulk amounts in the budget so any variation in the funding whether positive or negative will have the largest impact on the district.

Steve Johnston
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We lost out last override so it is a critical issue for us. We would like to see additional per pupil funding to equalize the playing field with so many unfunded mandates.

MaryAnn Wilson
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M&O and per pupil funding is where the bulk of the district's money is. Both of these funds are important in the operating budget of each school.



7. Provide an explanation for your bottom 3 choices in Question 5:


Rosemary Arthur
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Bernadette Bolognini
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School Facilities Board Funding and Excess Utilities Funding are important. The District needs the state to help with repairs, maintenance and new buildings. District also needs help with the utility bills. If the money does not come from the state, we need to pull money from the M&O. It becomes a vicious cycle since we are taking money away from teachers salaries, prgrams. Salaries become stagnant and we miss out hiring highly qualified teachers. GESD does not receive Desegregation Funding.

Anna Huberman-Arnaud
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The override is at the top of these three. The non-approval of the override would have a significant impact on the district leading to cuts in programs and extracurricular activities which are essential to the well-rounded development of our children as will the repeal of the excess utilities funding.

Steve Johnston
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We have been well served by the School Facilities Board and we do not receive desegregation funding so those 2 items would not be priorities at this time.

MaryAnn Wilson
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These budgets are smaller although they, also, are important.



8. Do you support the current form of AIMs testing? Why or why not?
[ Explain AIMS ]

Rosemary Arthur
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No. There is so much emphasis on coaching a student to pass this particular test that basic classroom instruction is being neglected. I realize that some type of testing is necessary to evaluate if a child understands and is retaining what is being taught in the classroom. However, I feel that the AIMS test should not be the only criteria that determine if a child should graduate and the student's overall performance should be a big piece of the evaluation.

Bernadette Bolognini
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No. AIMS testing is needed to show progress in the classroom; however, problems arise when the test becomes the only measure of a child ' s success and a teacher ' s worth. Many teachers feel that they cannot enjoy teaching or their students because every minute of their day is geared to the TEST. AIMS test should not keep a student from graduating from high school. If a student has met all of his/her requirements, the student should graduate. It is up to the teachers in the classroom to determine if that student has met the requirements.

Anna Huberman-Arnaud
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No. Today our students are being taught how to pass a test. The purpose of testing is to measure student's academic growth, not to label the schools or kids as failures. AIMs should be only one of multiple indicators used by educators as a diagnostic tool to help children learn.

Steve Johnston
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Yes. I support testing so we can measure progress but I do not support a flawed test such as the AIMS. I would not withold diplomas from very talented high school students simply because they can't pass the math portion of the test when many of their teachers can't pass it.

MaryAnn Wilson
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No. The AIMS test lacks when it comes to assessing our ELL students. They need a form of assessment that is geared for their learning.



9. Do you support the redistricting of GESD, WESD and GUHSD in its current ballot issue form? Why or why not?
[ Explain Redistricting ]

Rosemary Arthur
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No. At this time I do not support redistricting. I feel that the proposition is too rushed. There needs to be more time for discussion and investigation of the ramifications of such a project. For example there are pay disparities and the merging of different computer systems and curriculums.

Bernadette Bolognini
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No. I say no to redistricting. There are too many unknowns and no funding to help with the transition.

Anna Huberman-Arnaud
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No. Although in principal I agree with the concept of unification, I believe that in its current form it would create an excessively large district that would undercut the intimate connection of the schools with the community and would signify a loss of local control on behalf of the school boards.

Steve Johnston
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No. There are way too many unanswerd questions. The upfront cost are staggering. The is no sound data to show improved student achievement or cost savings. Mega-Districts are proven to be detrimental to the achievement of children in poverty.

MaryAnn Wilson
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No. While I see some benefits to redistricting, some of my questions have still not been answered to my satisfaction. These are large districts. Putting them together to make one district could end up costing more money in the long run.



10. Is there anything you would like to add?

Rosemary Arthur
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I am just an ordinary citizen like the majority of voters and I go into this race with no personal agenda or motive other than asking my community to let me be the ears and voice of the students, the parents, and the teachers of our district. Our students are our future and they need to have an environment where they feel safe and empowered with a well rounded curriculum and the stability of great teachers who are there for the long haul.

Bernadette Bolognini
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I am a strong advocate for the override. I do realize that we are asking the community to go beyond the call of duty when the USA is experiencing economic turmoil. However, this is the time to support education, not to ignore it. We must come together as a community and look to our future. We need citizens who will be problem solvers and take on the helm of leadership. We cannot let a generation of students be brushed aside. Our parents didn't let it happen to us and we cannot let it happen to this generation. Say yes to the override. Say yes to the future of our community!

Anna Huberman-Arnaud
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Steve Johnston
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I have always based my decisions on what's best for kids. In order to do so I visit schools every week so that I know what's needed and can relate first hand to the staff as well as the students.

MaryAnn Wilson
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The Glendale Elementary School District is a growing district that needs the support of strong decision makers who are driven by what's best for kids.