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THE ISSUES

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

One of the most important things we need to do as a district is ensure we are spending money wisely. This starts with a transparent budget and honest communication about where taxpayer dollars are going.  

We need to:

  • Keep administrative costs low.

  • Evaluate programs and spending to be more cost-effective.

  • Reverse declining enrollment numbers and work to get our students back.

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PUTTING STUDENTS FIRST

Every ​decision that we make needs to have one goal in mind: the success of our students. If we approach every situation acknowledging and mindful of that fact, then we can be confident that we are working in their best interests. 

We need to:

  • Work to reduce classroom sizes to allow for more individual learning.

  • All​ow teachers more PLC time to ensure students are receiving quality lessons.

  • Fight for classrooms to receive adequate funding for teachers to be successful.

 
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COLLEGE, CAREER, COMMUNITY READY

When​ our students reach the end of their K-12 education, they should be confident in their next move. Whether it be going to college, trade school, or jumping into a career, we should be preparing them to enter life motivated and prepared. 

We need to:

  • Reevaluate our goals to reflect today's environment. 

  • Ensure students and families are aware and taking advantage of the Mesa College Promise.

  • Build relationships with local businesses and trade schools to assist graduates in an easy and quick transition.

 

CLOSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

After ​the last two years - we have seen firsthand how technology and education are integrated. It was easy for students to get left behind before, now we need to ensure that doesn't ever happen again.

We need to:

  • Continue to​ integrate technology into our lessons to allow learning to happen anywhere.

  • Increase blended learning, teaching students skills that will help them in the future.

  • Ensure the district has adequate resources to support students in times of technological need.

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MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

Now more than ever the mental health of our students needs to be at the forefront of our conversations. As a district, we need to ensure that we are doing everything we can to provide the best mental health support and resources all of our K-12 students.

We need to:

  • Ensure students have access to and are aware of mental health resources on campus.

  • Provide training to all district staff to recognize warning signs that a student may be in a mental health crisis.

  • Optimize schools as a positive place for students.