COVID -19 is posing unparalleled challenges to school districts and their governing boards.
I shared my thoughts on how school boards can meet these challenges in a recent column published via the Thomas Fordham Foundation’s website.
You can read my opinion piece below or on the Fordham Institute's web site at https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/covid-19s-governance-challenges-school-boards.
Subject: CASB, 26 Tactics, 12/12/19 Board Meeting
My term on the board has gotten off to a fast start. Last week I attended the Colorado Association of School Boards convention where I took their new board member training. My experience is in corporate governance, so it was interesting to learn more about the “policy governance” approach used by school boards.
Key Takeaway: Policy governance gives more power to superintendents relative to corporate CEOs, and the flow of information to board members is less fluid.
26 Tactics of Jeffco Strategic Plan
On Friday, the board met with Dr. Glass and Dr. McDermott (Jeffco’s Chief Strategy Officer) to review the Jeffco Generations strategy and the 26 initiatives the district has been undertaking to implement Generations. It was a frank and, I believe, productive discussion, that included questions about whether the district’s goals are ambitious enough, given the challenges our children will face in the 21st century economy, and the varying rates of progress on the 26 initiatives. The board will continue this critical strategy discussion in January.
Board Meeting, Thursday, December 12th
This week’s board meeting, on Thursday the 12th of December, will begin with a performance by the Wheat Ridge High School Advanced Orchestra. I can’t wait to hear the Farmers! Elsewhere on the agenda are three topics related to my priorities.
The first is a progress report (“stocktake”) on the district’s social-emotional learning initiative, which focuses on teaching and learning techniques that the district believes will reduce the rate at which students experience behavioral and mental health issues in the future.
The second is a discussion of the results of the 2019/2020 budget allocation to various initiatives, like a theater coordinator, Innovation Fund, and CTE pathways. I will be asking for evidence that taxpayers have received a positive return on these investments.
The third topic is a preliminary discussion regarding next year’s budget. As I said during my campaign, Jeffco taxpayers want us to focus not just on the allocation of incremental revenues, but also on whether the entire $1.2 billion dollar budget is being spent as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Thanks for Your Support
Date: 11/30/19 8:18 AM (GMT-07:00)
Subject: Thanksgiving and December 2nd @5pm
It's been a very busy three weeks since the election on November 5th. Travel for work didn't stop and deadlines still needed to be met. Meetings for coffee or lunch started to fill my already crazy calendar, as most of ours are at this time of year.
So on this quiet morning of November 30th, there is a pause in the hectic pace that seems to consume us between Thanksgiving and the Christmas / New Year holidays.
In this time of quiet, I want to say, Thank you.
Thank you for your words of support.
Thank you for your text messages.
Thank you for joining me at public forums and on social media.
Thank you for letters to newspapers and social media forums.
Thank you for inviting me and the candidates to your PTA meetings.
AND, thank you for all of your financial support. We were out spent by more than 10:1 and yet we prevailed. (Please see the attached article to see how amazing all of our efforts changed one race that didn't follow the norm.)
Your time, talent and treasure made this a successful campaign, for me and more importantly for the children of Jeffco, and for that I am eternally grateful.
If you have time, please join me on Monday December 2nd as I take the Oath of Office. I'd love to see you there. The information is as follows:
Date: December 2, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm (at the most)
Location: 5th floor, Board Room, 1829 Denver West Drive, Building 27, Golden, CO
Best wishes to all of you and your families for a very peaceful holiday season.
WELCOME MESSAGE - HOME PAGE
My name is Susan Miller. I am a mom of four Jeffco students, a professional with 20 years of experience in the financial services sector, and I am running for Jeffco School Board this November.
Throughout my career, I have worked with many individuals and organizations to improve the education system at all levels, from local schools to the district and state level. My children received a great education at five different Jeffco schools. I believe all kids, regardless of circumstances or where they live, deserve the same quality of education my children received, and I will strive to make this a reality for all families across Jeffco.
Our families need an independent thinker on the board. I will advocate for academic achievement, financial clarity, and the expansion of learning opportunities - for students, teachers and staff. I will look out for students' best interests and ensure that they are empowered to thrive in today's competitive world.
Please join me. Let's make sure our community has an ally serving on the school board.
Miller to participate in Ballots & Breakfast event 10/18 @ 7:30 a.m., at the Arvada Center for Performing Arts
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