Community or volunteer activities: ReadUp tutor (IPS 58), Youth Group leader Zionsville Fellowship Church (20+ yrs), ZYSA Travel Coach, ZYFL Coach, ZLAX Coach, Served on numerous Awakening teams,
1. 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?
ZCS teachers are the backbone of our schools. I am in favor of paying them well. Our children have had many teachers and I am proud to say that almost all of them have been tremendous. Good teachers should not be concerned. The RISE program (merit based pay) encourages teachers to strive for excellence and those that are successful are rewarded for their efforts. Evaluation of the teachers remains the responsibility of the administrators, not the board.
I would love to claim that I have negotiated teacher contracts before, but I have not. Therefore, my recommendation would be to hire an independent consultant who has been involved in many negotiations in the past. The board should work in conjunction with the consultant and the superintendent to achieve a contract that is mutually agreeable to the schools, teachers and the community.
2. 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?
The referendum passed in the last election - the community has spoken. The by-laws of the school board clearly state that the board has a dual responsibility to the schools and the community. To unilaterally decide to go against the will of the community would be a breach of my fiduciary duty as a board member. I would vote in favor of levying the referendum dollars all three years. If I am able to have a positive impact on the future budget years those excess dollars would go toward replenishing the Rainy Day Fund.