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October 12, 2004 > Jennifer Stringer, NHUSD

Jennifer Stringer, NHUSD

My husband and I have lived in the New Haven District for thirteen years with our two children, Bethany, 14, a Logan freshman, and Alyssa, 12, a seventh grader at Barnard-White Middle School. I attended the University of California at Santa Cruz and received my BA in US History and my Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State. I am currently the Associate Director for Educational Technology Services at the Stanford School of Medicine.

I grew up in downtown Los Angeles and attended public schools in the area. I am committed to public education because I believe public education's goal is to provide our kids with the tools to make them successful students and citizens.

I have been active in New Haven since my children began attending school and always take on leadership roles in the activities in which I have participated. I have worked with teachers, parents, administrators, and community members to get the work done to help our kids and have been attending School Board meetings regularly for the past 5 years. Currently, I am Co-Chair of the School Community Program Council.

I have always volunteered in the classroom and at local school events. I am also a "Surrogate Parent" for children in New Haven who have special needs and do not have a parent to advocate for them in the educational process. Last year, I had the honor of serving as Co-chair of the "Yes for Kids" committee that ran the successful "Measure A" bond campaign. Below is a list of the activities that I have participated in over the past 9 years:

Hillview Crest School Site Council, 1995-2003 (Chair, 2000-2001)
District Wide School Library Plan Committee, 1998
Extended Day/Kids First Parent Advisory Committee, 1998-1999
Mentor for Struggling Readers, 1999-2001
SB65 Dropout Prevention Grant Committee, 1999-2002
Barnard-White Middle School Site Council, 2000-present
Educational Surrogate for Special Education Children, NHUSD, 2003-present
School Community Program Council, Co-Chair, 2000-2002, 2003-present
Co-Chair, Yes for Kids Committee (NHUSD Bond Campaign), 2003
Barnard-White Middle School Band Boosters, Secretary, 2003-2004
District Liaison Committee (Superintendent Search), 2004
Logan High School Band Boosters, 2004

I am running for the board because I believe that my experience with the district and my dedication to education will make me an effective and independent voice for our children.

I believe that we need to hold more discussions where we listen to parents, teachers, community members and our kids. Then we can begin to set priorities so that we can make decisions about how we will spend our money. The Board needs to undertake a strategic planning process that will allow us to make decisions based on our long-term goals, not just short-term economic difficulties. Priorities should not be determined on the basis of crisis management, but should emerge from a well-developed strategic plan that has input and buy-in from all of the key stakeholders.

Our job is to provide all of our students with an educational program that allows them to succeed. Although in the past few years our scores have improved overall, we still have an achievement gap in our District that needs to be addressed. We must continue to develop programs that address the needs of our diverse student population and find a way to fund more Alternative Education options. As School Community Council Co-chair, I have held forums about what the district is currently doing in this area, and as a Board Member I am ready to put what I have learned into action.

 
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