Campaigns are underway for Board of Education seats in ten local districts, and election day will be Tuesday, April 3. The KC Education Enterprise is asking each candidate to respond to a list of questions that may help voters decide how to cast their ballots.
Amy Tittle, an incumbent who is running for re-election to the Raytown School District Board of Education, responded:
1. What skills and experience would you bring to a position on your local Board of Education?
I was elected to the board in 2006 and 2009. I think my board experience is helpful. I was a teacher in Missouri for 31 years, the last 25 being in Raytown and I think I have a good understanding of the climate in the district.
2. Are you – or have you been – a parent or grandparent of a child in public schools?
My son attended Spring Valley Elementary, Raytown South Middle and Raytown South High School. He graduated in 2001.
3. In what school or district activities have you been involved?
I was a teacher here for 25 years and was also involved as a parent and a teacher in PTA activities. I taught primarily first grade but also taught gifted education one year and was the Title 1 Reading Coordinator for six years.
4. How frequently do you attend board meetings, and how long have you been attending meetings?
As a board member, I attend every meeting.
5. What do you see as the board’s roles and responsibilities?
The board’s primary responsibilities are to make policy and hire the superintendent. Every child’s education and achievement is our responsibility.
6. What is the role of the superintendent?
The superintendent leads the district.
7. Can you – or should you – support a board decision you do not favor?
This is a difficult question if you have not been a board member but as board member I can say yes, I support decisions made by the board even if I do not favor the decisions. It’s a responsibility you learn after working as a board member.
8. What are the some of the challenges currently facing our district?
Currently we have money challenges, KCMo School District non accreditation and our desire for increased parent involvement.
9. What are some of the district’s strengths and weaknesses?
Our major strength is our staff, students and parents. The school district has a history of excellence and we strive to continue that. Our board has strong goals for which we hold the administration accountable. Many Missouri schools face challenges with budget cuts and program adjustments and we have those challenges as well.
10. What do you think is the most important thing board members can do to support children who attend school in the district?
The children of our district is the reason for our existence and the most important thing board members can do is to represent all children who attend our schools. I am here for all children.
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