Julia's COMMUNITY PHILOSOPHY
Our community is naturally categorized in two ways. There are the residents who have kids in the schools, and those who do not. In addition, there are the nine different schools: six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Unfortunately, those divisions have been exploited the last few years to undermine investments in our schools. My objective is to unite these groups to achieve a school district that serves the interests of the entire community, not just one group. In the absence of village greens and shared civic centers, our nine campuses play a vital role as the social fabric of our community.
The best way to unite the school district is to engage the stakeholders and improve communications between the Trustees and the community. My history of volunteer involvement prioritized community engagement. As Trustee, I will continue to do so.
Building renovation and construction is an unavoidable, ongoing responsibility of the district and represents the most expensive and long-lived decisions Trustees oversee. As our facilities get renovated, I will use my architectural experience to advocate for designs that save the district money, allow for smaller class sizes, flexibly adapt to curriculum requirements, offer pleasant work environments for teachers and staff, create learning environments that foster the healthy development of our students, and meet the needs of the community at large. Our campuses are not currently realizing their full potential for supporting district aspirations of excellence and enrichment: working together we can fix that problem.
If we unite in our focus and engage the stakeholders, there is no end to the excellence we can create.