Meeting students' changing needs

As the former executive director for Iowa Counties Public Health Association, I represented county public health administrators all across our state. I have published and lectured on various workforce and educational innovations, and understand the untapped opportunity that exists via business and school partnerships for our district.

I have extensive experience in grant writing, and grant management, which could also be an asset to the district. I am cost conscious, likely a derived skill set from the period of time my husband and I owned a restaurant. Service for various volunteer organizations in combination with my work history has been an excellent training ground for honing my ability to negotiate, make constructive suggestions and find appropriate solutions to various issues within groups of diverse stakeholders.

Although, CCA has highly engaged educators, amazing elementary and middle school leaders, strong STEM at middle school, the high school-level programming has fallen short. We still teach to the middle. We need to develop our high school counselors to effectively guide students, and support parents with career and guidance counseling.

One of the challenges for the school board is to ensure that policy and curriculum offerings align with the changing needs of each cohort of students. That means we are seeking out school and business partnerships, creative educational grants that can support district goals, but also allow for cost shifting. We need a plan that brings our varied strengths together, to create a strong district with high achieving and successful students. Once we convince our district’s tax payers to “buy and improve our buildings,” they need to feel like they invested in exceptional outcomes that these buildings are designed to facilitate. We need to clearly define our value proposition to the CCA Community. Voters should elect me because they know I will endeavor to facilitate and fund exceptional outcomes for our district.

• Shawn Zierke of Homestead is seeking an at-large seat on the Clear Creek Amana school board.



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