4. As a school board member, how would you ensure the schools maintain a standard of excellence?
Zionsville schools have always achieved a standard of excellence at or near the top in Indiana. Even last year when it appeared that there were some crowded classrooms, there was no apparent decline in student scores on standardized achievement testing designed to measure student learning. As long as we continue to have parents in our community with high expectations for their children and who send them to school everyday ready to learn, that standard of excellence will be maintained by the outstanding efforts of our students and our dedicated teachers.
5. What is the single biggest challenge the school board faces other than the budget? How would you address and resolve that issue?
The single biggest challenge facing the school board, other than the budget, will be the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement due to be completed in 2013. Employee expenses represent a significant portion of the school’s budget and, as such, impact the financial position of the School Corporation. The implementation of the new Teacher Evaluation legislation which goes into effect statewide during the 2012-2013 school year, will impact the new collective bargaining agreement. As mentioned in my response above, a key feature of the new law requires school districts to link teacher pay to performance. This law is part of a broader national trend to create more effective teacher evaluation systems and is designed to address compensation packages and to motivate higher levels of performance for the benefit of teachers and students alike. Attracting and retaining high performing teachers is good for our schools, our children, and our community.
CANDIDATE NAME: Joe Stein
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Indiana University
Passed the CPA Exam
Experience: Worked as an auditor in an international public accounting firm, office manager of a physician practice, owned and operated my own business, Chief Financial Officer of a regional law firm