5. What is the single biggest challenge the school board faces other than the budget? How would you address and resolve that issue?
Perhaps the biggest challenge facing the board is to regain the trust of the community of Zionsville and create a collaborative and open environment between the board, administrators, patrons, staff, teachers and students. The economic stress of the last few years has created pockets of special interest groups that have fractured the cohesiveness of the community. Zionsville schools are major part of the identity of this town. The accomplishments of the schools are a source of community pride. People move to Zionsville because of the schools. Our reputation has kept us growing and supported home values even during the down turn in the economy. We all have a vested interest in the health of the schools, whether we have children or not. None of us can afford to have the schools be a source of divisiveness. Reestablishing this cohesive environment through open communication has to be a priority for the board.