Hugh Gladner is running for election to the Bellevue School District school board (position 5). His response to EEN’s candidate questionnaire is below.
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|What was the lightbulb moment that made you decide you wanted to run for school board (election or re-election)?|
|It was not a light bulb moment as much as a series of events happening in our district. I grew up in this district, and the lack of community involvement and increasing apathy needs to be fixed. I have two children in the district and I want them and their friends to have the same experince I had. That is not happening.|
|What work or other experiences can you point to that qualifies you for the position?|
|I have been a volunteer in our community for over 28 years. Mentored several several students. Worked at Jubilee REACH, a non-profit organization in Bellevue that has partnered with the BSD to work with at-risk students.
I have led and been on several boards and understand what community collaboration looks like.
I have no personal agenda other than being on the board. Not using this as s stepping stone.
Firmly belive each student is different and we must support the Whole Student.
|What are your ties to the community and how do you give back to it?|
|Grew up in the district: Bennett elementary, Highand Junior High, Interlake High School (’84).
Volunteered on several different organizations in Bellevue to support the community and the Bellevue School District.
My work at Jubilee REACH gave me a first hand experience on the greater needs of the child and their family. Worked with several principals, the BSD cabinet and teachers in the district with a hands-on approach to help the students and teachers achieve goals.
|What does your district do well to help improve student learning? What’s one thing your district can do better to improve outcomes?|
|I think for advanced students the district does a wonderful job with AP (Advanced Placement) classes and encouragement to take advanced classes. But if you are a student that struggles with placement testing and is not AP ready, there are not enough resources and/or interest to help students who might need a different style of learning.|
|Parent engagement is vital to successful schools. What can your school district do to improve meaningful family engagement, especially for families that find it difficult to engage or don’t see much value in it?|
|This is one of my major talking points. The communication and lack of transparency in the district is a real concern. Several parents have written and called to discuss open dialog with no return message. Topics such as: bullying (at an all time high), parent involvement, transportation, special needs students. Because of this volunteer hours are down year over year and fundraising to the foundation hit its all time lowest.|