(Editor’s note: the following was addressed to the school board Monday night as her formal remarks during the interview process and sent to the Vanguard subsequently).
Good evening President Daleiden, Vice President Taylor, Trustees, Superintendent Roberson, DJUSD teachers and staff, and community members,
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you in more depth about serving the district for this 6-month appointment.
I enjoyed hearing everyone speak last week about their strengths and perspectives. We are certainly lucky to have so many good candidates who are willing to serve.
Each of us brings different experience and skill sets to the table.
President Daleiden mentioned last week that the community has been increasingly engaged in the board decisions in recent weeks. She said that community contact had been “high” regarding new administrative positions.
My years of experience talking to parents about district issues would be a strength that I would bring to this appointment.
As a PTA president and Site Council member, I have spoken to literally hundreds of parents about their opinions on issues. As a member of the parcel tax oversight committee, I have fielded questions about the district budget and the parcel taxes. I currently am the main parent contact for email inquiries at Da Vinci Junior High. For five years, I was the main email contact for parents at Willett through PTA.
The ability to talk to and listen to stakeholders during this time of immense change would be an asset to this position. We must engage the community, enlist their support and answer their concerns as we chart a new course for the district. This engagement takes a lot time and dedication, and I can commit to that.
For a six-month appointment with key decisions at stake, it would be advantageous to have the learning curve be as low as possible. I have been following board decisions for 9 years and have been a regular meeting attendee. My experience at sites in parent leadership positions and my district service that has focused on the budget and most recently on facilities would serve the district well in this position.
Thank you again for your consideration of my experience for the appointment.