Excellence in Our Public Schools
I am a huge supporter of the public school system. We have great schools in our district, and there is always room for improvement. LPOSD is really in the service business. It primarily serves the students and their parents, but also all the residents of the district. First, it directly benefits our students and their parents by providing the education necessary to go on to college, vocational training, or right into the work force upon graduation. Second, it indirectly attracts new businesses and creates jobs that enhance our local economy.
Having been active in local organizations for many years in Bonner County I know the importance of quality local public education. There is a lot of discord in our community right now, and I am running for Trustee, Zone Three, to help heal that division and bring our district together to create a sustainable future for LPOSD. Discord is unproductive, time consuming, unnecessary, and has the potential to become very expensive. The Trustee position requires the ability to work with people and come to consensus even when there are differences. I would like to start advisory committees made up of citizens not connected to the school district in any way and living in the LPOSD that would make regular reports both to the Superintendent and the Board of Trustees. These committees would work much like the advisory committees that work for the Bonner County Board of Commissioners.
Smart planning includes regular maintenance for school facilities and equipment rather than waiting until it breaks and replacing. I liken this to regular car maintenance. I bring my car in for regular oil changes as recommended by my auto mechanic (thank you Steve’s Auto!). If my oil light does come on, I check the oil level and if necessary bring it in to the shop for repair. If, on the other hand, I decide to save money by covering the oil light with a piece of duct tape and ignore it, hope it will go away, I could end up ruining the engine and incurring the expense of buying a new car. Think about the difference in cost between an oil change and purchasing a new car.
Taxes and Services
I am for the best education that our district can afford. It is clear that LPOSD needs the support of local tax payers in the form of levies to keep our top level education.
At the same time I am for finding savings in our budget to decrease the tax burden felt by so many of us. Let’s take a fine tooth comb to the budget to see where our dollars are best spent, and where the district can save. The proper attitude and understanding can make a big difference here.