1) Maintaining excellent teaching and learning in our district.
2) Striking the right balance of challenging and supporting our students.
3) Building and living by a distinctive educational vision for the district.
As a former public school teacher, I believe in prioritizing our students while supporting teachers and creating a climate of educational excellence. My top three priorities are: 1) Address students' academic/emotional needs that occurred due to virtual learning. Emphasize mental health in K-12 to increase academic achievement, and lessen anxiety. Spend the $5.8 million in ESSER funds given to RTSD on addressing learning loss, mental health and to support our teachers and staff. 2) Advocate on behalf of the educational needs of our students by ensuring our classrooms have high quality, researched based instruction. Support RHS guidance counselors with resources to meet the growing needs of their caseloads to guarantee a path upon graduation for each student. This can all be done while responsibly managing resources and the school budget. 3) Communicate respectfully with two way conversations to keep all parent/guardians informed promoting transparency and trust.
My #1 priority will always be Radnor students.
This means ensuring that: (1) each individual student’s educational, social and emotional needs are cared for; (2) the teachers and staff in our district have the resources they need to provide for our students; and (3) every school environment is one which fosters growth and learning. In my four years on the board, we've made great progress on each of these goals.
I want to continue to oversee the implementation of the multi-tiered support system which focuses on the needs of each student, support the administration in recruiting and hiring top-notch personnel, and complete a review of the District's facilities to properly plan and budget for the District's capital needs for the next decade.
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laura foran - school board candidate
My number one priority is to the children of Radnor - ALL OF THEM. We do a wonderful job with both our Gifted and Special Needs students but we are not as successful with our 'middle' kids. We often tout about a 95% rate of graduates going on to college. I would rather we could tout a 95% rate of community service, personal happiness, caring for our aging parents and service to others. It is wonderful to go to an Ivy League School but it is just as important to discover your passion and find a way to have it sustain you both financially and emotionally. Our 'average' kids are so often overlooked and when we expect so little from them? What message are we giving them? It has to be okay to be a Postal Worker, a Mechanic, a Tradesmen - Radnor needs to do more to make their dreams real, too. Three priorities? Reaching ALL students, supporting their dreams (not ours) and helping to create decent human citizens who have the tools to give back to others.
radnor democrats for school board 2021
I am a steadfast supporter and promoter of public education. I am proud to have served on the past boards that implemented full day Kindergarten, healthy school start time, tutoring programs for students, and robust mental health supports, as well as hired almost all administrators in the district. Public education in Radnor is superb thanks to the efforts of many stakeholders, including students, parents, community members, teachers, administrations, staff, and school board members. My top three priorities are: 1) to continue the momentum for an excellent education for all Radnor students that I helped create during the 12 years I have served on the board. 2) painstakingly scrutinize our finances to ensure that our precious tax revenue is used in the wisest and most effective way. 3) ensure that our schools remain safe and fully open during this challenging time. I am honored to serve the community in this way and I thank you for your trust in me.
Continue to govern through the COVID 19 pandemic, with a focus on students' academic and social/emotional needs. For families who want in person instruction, our students are in school five days per week, full time. For families who still desire remote instruction, our virtual academy (K-5) is in operation and students grades 6-12 are able to attend classes virtually.
Continue with the strategic capital needs initiative that is underway. Addressing the physical plant needs of our District cannot fall by the wayside. The pandemic has clearly demonstrated that need.
The critical role our schools play in educating and supporting our students and families has never before been so evident. We must maintain Radnor’s outstanding educational opportunities, address the learning impacts that have arisen this year, yet also continue to move forward on all our initiatives. These tasks require a steady hand, experience, fortitude and commitment to the values of public education.
If elected, my top priorities would focused on the trying to address the gaps I feel exist currently for both students, as well as parents and taxpayers. Students need to get back their routines and regain a sense of normalcy. Being a student has its inherent stresses, and we need to allow them to focus on academics and socializing, these are some of the most fun and formative years. I would increase the scope of the fantastic staff advisors to make sure ALL students are getting the help they need with classes or otherwise. It's been a difficult time, we need to be creative and committed to the student experience.
There has been a major uptick in parental interest School Boards. This is a great opportunity to reengage, get a better understanding of their concerns, and address them. Budgetary concerns are real. I would work to make sure we are getting making the most use of our taxpayer dollars while maintaining the standards that set Radnor apart.