Why I'm running for WL-WV school board
Like many of you, I've experienced sleepless nights in the last year, worried about my 11- and 9-year old daughters who attend Trillium Creek Primary — are they okay? Is online school working? When will sports and activities restart? Is anyone listening to the needs of families and students? Is it safe to return to the classroom?
I filed my candidacy for the West Linn-Wilsonville (WLWV) School Board to answer these tough questions. As the Chair of the WLWV Budget Committee and lifelong public servant, I'm ready to work with all families and students to address these hard questions. Here's what you can expect from me:
Engaging families to ensure safely reopening to full time
We've all heard strong opinions about how and when to reopen schools. Regardless of where you fall on the discussion, we can all agree there is a concern that parents and students do not have a voice, and decisions are being made without community engagement. As your Board Member, I will ensure that for issues large and small, your voice will be heard through true engagement to guide District policies. Safety for our students, faculty and staff must be of the utmost importance so reopening doesn't result in quick closures. We owe it to our students and staff to ensure that facilities are safe and reopening protocols are funded and implemented.
Financial leadership & accountability
In my current role as the Budget Committee chair, the District received for the first time the highest award for budgeting, and created its first annual financial report. This commitment to financial transparency and communications is essential, especially as the District manages the largest bond in its history. We must provide continued leadership and oversight of the $206 million bond proceeds, plus annual financial reporting and planning that clearly tells the story of the District's priorities.
Prioritizing anti-racism & equity work
District Goal #1 states we will "disrupt systems of racism." It is critical to ensure our curriculum, facilities and policies give every student the invitation to thrive and learn. We must all do the work, continue the difficult conversations, and recognize that embracing equity and inclusion is the right thing to do and it will reap dividends in so many different ways as we prepare our students to lead. Just as we must continuously work to be anti-racist, we must also strive to be equitable in all regards. This means we celebrate, lift up, empower and engage our kids, remembering that what works for one student might not work for another.
Embrace creativity & innovation to lead in the 21st century
Reimagining our K-12 education system is essential to the needs of today's students and tomorrow's workforce. This takes creative and innovative leadership, with an eye on the changing dynamics of classroom learning, continuing education and career and technical training. I believe the excellence of our school district is a partnership between our dedicated teachers and staff and our invested community. I will champion getting more parents and students of all ages involved with District issues. Most importantly, I want to make sure that when we ask for your opinions, we listen, respond, engage, and enact.
You can learn more about me at ElectWyatt.com. I'll host weekly "Ask Me Anything" Zoom meetings on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Clubhouse rooms on Thursdays at 2 p.m. I look forward to getting to know you, and serving as your West Linn-Wilsonville School Board Member.
Kirsten Wyatt is running for position #3 on the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board.
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