Gervais School Board candidate says the district schools need to provide life skills, new testing methods

Gervais School District needs changes

My neighbors and local acquaintances ask me why all of the time I continue to run for the Gervais School Board since I don't get elected. Running for this office allows me to bring up and discuss the problems and shortcomings of our local school district.

Unfortunately, too many members of the Gervais School Board treat being on that board as being members of a select local club. These board members are refusing to discuss the problems that are patently obvious to anyone that is around the Gervais school buildings.

Anyone that must hire students and/or graduates of the Gervais High School realize some students and graduates are fine, top-quality workmen and others aren't worth the powder and shot to blow them to hell.

Statewide standardized tests continue to show that many Gervais students are three or more grades behind where they should be by the time they reach middle school. The way things are set up these students can never catch up.

What can be done about this mess?

I say we should buy well written tests, written by the author of the district's textbooks, to be given at the end of the school year. The answer sheets should be corrected by out-of-district personnel.

The board should find the moxie to (develop) a program that will teach the skills and knowledge middle-school students will need to be successful in adult life, no matter whether students choose to make unskilled labor or they choose to be college graduates.

The inability of Gervais interscholastic athletic teams to successfully compete clearly shows that changes need to happen in the Gervais P.E. department.

Many of these problems start out in the elementary building and they get worse as the students get older.

--Lenthal Kaup

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