The other candidate for Jefferson County School District's District 4 seat is Joan Chavez-Lee.
Profession: School district and financial adviser, former WRHS PTSA President
Contact: millerforjeffcostudents.com and www.facebook.com/Miller4Students and firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE: Meet Susan Miller
Every parent I know is worried about whether schools are preparing their children to succeed in this economy. I’m concerned for Jeffco children: 55% of 3rd graders didn’t meet literacy standards on the 2019 CMAS, 65% of sixth-graders didn’t meet state math standards, 62% of eighth-graders didn’t meet science standards, and SAT scores are falling. We need to do a much better job or our kids, employers, and housing values will all suffer.
In addition to my professional experience, I’ve had four children go through Jeffco neighborhood schools and was very involved as a volunteer. I’ve chaired the Wheat Ridge High School Accountability Committee, been president of its PTSA, and served on district committees. I currently serve on a charter school board. For six years I was president of Jefferson Association for Gifted Children, advocating for gifted and twice exceptional special education students at local and state levels.
Achievement. Children must be proficient in reading, writing, math, and science to learn more complicated skills like critical and innovative thinking.
Financial clarity. How activities relate to costs and results. With a billion dollars in tax revenue, our annual budget process shouldn’t just focus on how to allocate incremental funding.
CTE programs. Colorado employers have middle skill jobs that they can’t fill today. We need to do a better job preparing our children for them.
We choiced our four children into Wheat Ridge High School, where 37% of students are Latinx and about 50% are eligible for free and reduced lunch. I’ve seen WRHS deliver strong achievement growth and innovative CTE programs for all its students. It means focusing more resources on students with the greatest needs, coordination across multiple organizations to help meet the challenges they face, and an innovative, high performance school team of administrators, teachers and staff.
That is primarily the role of management, not the board. Providing strong governance is what the board can do to improve achievement results. This includes setting goals and critiquing and approving the strategy for achieving them, ensuring a billion tax dollars in revenue is efficiently used and allocated to implement that strategy, monitoring risks to the strategy’s success, holding the Superintendent accountable for performance, and accurately presenting the district’s results to our many stakeholders.
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