CANDIDATE NAME: Jane Burgess
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Purdue University, 1982.
Masters in Education, Reading Specialty, West Chester University, 1988.
Experience: Former classroom teacher and reading specialist. Back to Back coordinator and teacher for the French Exchange Program. Help One Student To Succeed Program (HOSTS)--teacher training, staff development and training program developer.
Community or volunteer activities: My community and volunteer activities include
- PTO-Union Elementary, Pleasant View Elementary and Zionsville Middle School
- Zionsville Show Choirs
- Fuller Center for Housing
- Boy Scouts of America
- Zionsville Presbyterian Church
- Habitat for Humanity, Boone County
- MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers Mentor Mom.
- How do you think teacher pay will change when the switch is made to a merit-based pay scale, and how will that change affect the contract with the teacher’s union?
Teacher accountability is critical to preserving our standard of excellence and to insure that we are recruiting and retaining the highest quality teachers.I believe that quality teachers can make all the difference to our children.ZCS has been top performing schools because of parental involvement and committed teachers.Our teaching staff clearly contributes to this success.A merit based pay scale can only serve to enhance the quality of our teachers so long as it focuses on clearly identifiable and objective evaluation criteria. While I will take into account input from our community, the impact on the teacher’s contract can only be addressed through thoughtful and considerate negotiations.
- Are you in favor of using the maximum levy for the three years of the referendum? If not, how would you offset any projected shortfall?
As a result of the state’s new funding formula, Zionsville schools receive the lowest amount of state dollars per pupil of all public schools.Referendum dollars do not fully restore ZCS to previous levels and our financial challenges will continue-especially with increasing student enrollment.However, we are working with state leaders on a proposal to reward high performing schools like ZCS with an additional $1 million annually.