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oCHQOL CANDIDATES QUIZZSD . . . ■ [ Stanley Bielby 1- Yes. We need the additional monies because of inflation and to reinstate needed programs and teaching positions. Constant evaluation of expenditures is necessary so that we may be sure we're getting the nost for our money and are educating students to the best of their abilities. As a school board member, I would work toward tax reform to lighten the burden of property owners. 2- The School Board. The comminity must communicate its concerns to the school board which in turn sets the goals and should be held acI countable for their implemenI tation. At the same time the Icommunity must be reaJistic I and grant the money and time I needed to properly carry out I goals. I 3- Strengths: I 1). Superintendent Harry I Howard 2). Music program 3). Willingness to try to new I alternative programs, particuI larly the recently implementI ed alternative school, to meet I the varying needs of our stuI dents. I 4):. Recent start toward I range planning by the I school board. Weakness: 1). Inadequate long-range ■ planning 2). Lack of coordination of I curriculum 3). Maintenance of buildings and grounds 4). Discipline 5Í Personal apathy 6). Student disinterest 7). Laek of cooperation between the U-M and school system 8). Lack of accountability for teachers, students, administrators, and parents. I see the role of a school board member as one which encompasses á variety of concerns for the whole school community. Among others, I would work toward involving teachers, students, administrators, and parents in decisión making, especially in regard to long range planning. E. Stevens Binder 1- Yes, reluctantly. The increase in the budget might be better aimed at improvement in reading, as well as supplies and salary ulereases. This is related to "evaluation" in the third question below. I am convinced of the prudent financial policy of the current administration, but the board must continually evalúate the effectiveness of programs and expenditures to get the maximum benefit from the tax dollars. 2- All current management theory and research shows that mutually set goals are1 most often achieved. The board should involve the administrators, teachers, and parents. Everybody involved should then be held accountable. 3- The principal strengths of the schools are: 1) the vast human resources available; and, 2) the staff, including the superintendent. The weaknesses include: evaluation and assesment of basic skills (especially reading), and of alternative education programs; communication; inservice education; curriculum continuity; career education (each non-college bound student, especially, should have a marketable competency); and the most distürbing, the I school board itself, lacking in I direction, planning, and I ership. The first focus of my I tion will be upon reading, I then other basic skills, and I next, career education. I tinual evaluation is necessary I to determine the effectiveness I of the programs- is otir I ney being spent wisely, I tively, and efficiently? These I thrusts would be a big first I step toward polishing the I school district's somewhat I tarnished reputation, and I moving toward excellence in I education. I W. L.CashJr. [ 1 - Yes, provided the additional millage augments the school system's delivery service to respond more effectively to aiding children and youth develop as total individuáis via the development of an effective instructional approach, an efficiënt pupil personnel and counseling service and the creation of a classroom climate that would enhance and put meaning into the educational experience of the totalities of children and youth. Otherwise, no. 2 - The School Board I should establish goals based upon input f rom citizens, the superintendent and his staff, school administrators and teachers, and expecially pupils and parents regardless of their neighborhood, socioeconomic background or learning style. All who particípate in the establishment of the goals ! should be held accountable for their realization at their respective levéis. 3 - Strengths: Emphasis on intellectual development for 'i collegiate and professional education. Weaknesses: Lack of emI phasis regardig inter-personal i I relations, a comprehension of ; - - - - ■ - -- - the World of Work, an effective career development program, decision-máking prpcess and counseling service. My Focus: Career development and decision-making process programs, counseling services and the development of a total instructional 'system which brings together competent teachers, effective instructional technology, and curriculum materials that are relevant to the interests and needs of the total student; namely, intellectual, I psychological, physical,! socio-economic, andl philosophical, etc. j (CONT'D. ON NEXT PAGE)]