We have a wonderful and thriving district that has increased in both numbers and rankings over the last 10 years. We also have our share of issues that the school board trustees have the ability to change.
Equity and Inclusion
Equity and inclusion is critical to the education of our students in our diverse community. I support the work that Insight Education Group is undertaking with our district to examine our data from their equity audit and determine ongoing training to ensure we have an inclusive environment for our staff and for our students. I think the board can continue to partner with the district staff to ensure our students are treated equitably and feel safe to bring their whole selves to school.
Dublin has done a great job of this over the last 5 years implementing numerous new curriculums in various subjects K-12. I am committed to ensuring we continue to approve new curriculum to ensure our students are learning relevant topics and that we use our equity and inclusion lens as we pick curriculum.
In 2020 I served on the Graduation Requirements task force. We looked at the minimum requirements to graduate from DHS, and made adjustments that were later approved by the board to more closely align with state and neighboring school district requirements. Our district had previously set extremely high targets for graduation, and by aligning our minimum requirements with state requirements, we opened the opportunity for more students to obtain a high school degree. We also eliminated the tiered diploma system which did not create advantages for any students, but placed an unneeded hierarchy among our students.
Teacher Engagement and Retention
Study after study shows that the number one indicator of student success is their teacher. Not the facility, not the class size, the teacher. We need to ensure our teachers are provided the resources to do their jobs in a safe and supportive atmosphere. We need to ensure teacher pay is fair and competitive for our area, and that we are able to retain our amazing teachers.
Our students and staff must feel safe in their school environment. We need to continue to ensure every site has the appropriate facilities and training. I have fought for the bond money for Dublin Elementary to move the school's admin building to the front of the school. This will ensure that all visitors pass through the office and greatly reduce the chance of harmful individuals on the campus.
Facilities is always a big topic in Dublin with the incredible growth we have seen in the last 10 years. We need to continue to find a balance between opening new schools with seats for new students and ensuring our older schools are safe and functional. I have been a champion for the Dublin El and Murray projects for the last four years, speaking at numerous board meetings and helping to organize 3 different rallies. We need to make sure these projects keep the already approved and allocated bond money as well as come up with a plan for how we will finish renovating these two schools.
We also continue to face crowded schools on the east side of town. I am currently serving on the boundary committee where we are looking at boundary changes to make sure there is a plan for the overcrowding at Fallon and Cottonwood Creek. We need to ensure the K-8 opens on time to relieve the overcrowding at Murray, Fallon and expected crowding at Wells as Boulevard is fully built out.
Finally, opening Emerald High school is the most important priority in our facility master plan. DHS has been crowded for too long, and Emerald will open up a closer option for our east side families and allow all our high school students to attend a high school without overcrowding.
While the mission of our school district is to educate all students, we also represent the taxpaying public. I believe it is important to pass balanced budgets and manage the debt the school district is undertaking.