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Board needs experienced leaders

I am running for school board to protect and grow our local public schools so that every student in our district has the opportunity to receive a world-class education.

Now, more than ever, we need strong, experienced leaders on our school board. Professionals with vision, an open mind, and the leadership skills to make tough decisions and follow through on them. My leadership experience is unique and needed on our board.

I have three top priorities.

Trust. I intend to work with my board colleagues to clarify the role of the board and rebuild trust between board members, the district, and the community. A strong board working in an environment of trust with district administration, teachers and principals, the teacher’s union, and community stakeholders is key to our district’s success.

Facilities. I want to oversee the completion of the facilities master plan (FMP). The FMP was developed with significant community input and planning, and it successfully addresses issues of equity, access, capacity, and flexibility. If the bond passes, the board’s job will be to hold the administration accountable for delivering the projects outlined in the FMP. If the bond does not pass, the board will need to regroup and organize around another bond based on the priority and sequence of projects outlined in the FMP.

Achievement gap. I will work tirelessly to advance plans and initiatives designed to close the achievement gap. As a nation, state, and community we leave far too many kids behind. By working diligently with a clear vision of success, we will make progress on issues of equity, access, and achievement. The district is already using many tools to reduce the gap, but we must do more. The board must continue to set aggressive goals and provide unwavering support to accomplish them.

• Janet Godwin of Iowa City is seeking a four-year term on the Iowa City school board



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