As a former marching band member, I understand firsthand how arts, choice, and career programs in our school can genuinely make a difference in a child’s life. These offerings help students become well-rounded individuals while expanding their idea of what possibilities lie ahead after graduation. These creative outlets encourage leadership skills, instill discipline, foster interpersonal relationships, and often result in higher academic outcomes and graduation rates for participating students.
I will continue to prioritize availability of these programs as well as ensure we retain the existing 650 arts, choice, and career positions in the district. These programs should be adequately funded and available to all students, countywide.
Our students deserve the ability to explore their interests and build on their talents. I have a plan to provide these outlets through the arts and other essential choice programs.
As your school board member, I will protect the arts and choice programs by:
- Putting together a group consisting of business leaders, parents, students, educators, and community organizations to discuss suggestions and education plans for these subjects
- Partnering with our local art & culture institutions to provide additional educational experiences and programs
- Initiating an open dialogue with art, choice, and career educators to assess needs and identify available resources
- Collaborate with our professional workforce and business community to ensure that upon successful completion of offered choice and career programs, students can immediately pursue apprenticeships, specialized college programs, or other professional routes.