Q. & A. with Lacey Ramos, Hayden School Board, at-large candidate
Hayden School Board, At-large
Occupation: Speech-language pathologist (Master’s degree complete in Dec 2015)
Years in Hayden/Routt County: 34 years – native of Steamboat
Family: Husband and one sone and two daughters kids
Civic involvement: This will be my first time
Q. Do you think the school board should extend the calendar to offer additional classroom days?
A. I think we need to maximize our time with students with the calendar days we have, but possibly add more days for teachers for professional development, planning and collaboration.
Q. Do you think the current school board has done an adequate job planning for the future?
A. Yes, I think they have done well.
Q. What are the biggest challenges you feel the school district faces?
A. Financial resources are always a major challenge for rural districts, which then impacts retention of great staff and fewer broad learning experiences for students. Another challenge is to reduce the number of assessments we give our students. Too many assessments hinder true learning. Our teachers need to be trusted to teach well, know their students and dynamically assess their areas of strength and need.
Q. Would you be in favor of consolidating school districts with Steamboat and South Routt?
A. I would have to know more details before making a decision. I can see a benefit in shared resources, but I would want to see our location in Hayden retained. Sending students on a bus every day to Steamboat would not make sense, for example.
Q. In what academic or programatic area do you think the school district should focus more resources?
A. Families are the biggest contributor to students’ academic success. I would like to see the school district foster better connections with the families of the community as well as offering more family education opportunities. Secondly, healthy teachers foster healthy learning environments. I would like to see some of the pressures and demands taken off teachers so they can better focus on teaching; and more professional development opportunities for teachers in the area of childhood trauma and how that impacts learning and classroom involvement. Our student population is shifting where trauma and behavior issues are more the norm rather than the exception.
I have no previous experience as a school board member, however, I think my roles as both a parent and an employee of a neighboring school district give me valuable perspectives to bring to the school board in Hayden. I have lived in Routt County my entire life and have a good understanding of the values, heritage and potential of this valley.
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