Election 2017: Q & A with Mindy Baker, Moffat County school board District 1 candidate
Craig Press: How long have you been a resident of Moffat County?
Mindy Baker: Five years
CP: What is your current job or employment status?
MB: Chief accountant for PolyOne Corporation.
CP: What is your personal education?
MB: Bachelors from University of Colorado Boulder and a masters from San Jose State University.
CP: What is your experience with local education?
MB: Parent, volunteer, Ridgeview PAC president for five years and member of the Strategic Planning Committee.
CP: If elected, will you vote in December to close a school? Why or why not?
MB: Unless other information becomes available, I think the information provided by Blythe and the district show that it is in the best interest of our students to reallocate those funds that would be gained by closing a school.
CP: If a school is closed, how do you think the money saved should be allocated?
MB: I would like to see those funds used for student programs and staff.
CP: How do you think the district should meet capitol needs? Will you support going to voters to ask for a bond or a mill levy increase? Why or why not?
MB: I think we should look at any resource sharing that we can coordinate with other government agencies and/or groups, as well as a bond or mill levy. I believe it is important that voters see the district has done its work to save and cut costs as much as possible, but also realize how vital a strong school district is to our community.
CP: Do you think teacher pay should be increased, decreased or maintained? Why?
MB: Increased. We need to attract and retain quality teachers for a successful school district. Our teachers do an amazing job and deserve to be compensated for it.
CP: Do you think staff pay should be increased, decreased or maintained? Why?
MB: Increased. We need to attract and retain quality staff. There is too much turnover in our staff positions. It is very difficult to build a successful organization if there is a constant turnover in administration.
CP: What one specific step do you think should be taken to help the district retain students lost to home schooling, online programs and/or other districts?
MB: Offer programs and results that make us the school of choice.
CP: What specific steps should be taken to improve student performance?
MB: I think we need to reduce turnover as well as provide resources and support for programs that have proven successful. The writing program at Sunset would be a good example.
CP: Briefly state why voters should vote for you?
MB: I value education and want to see all students succeed. A strong school district provides tremendous benefits to the community. We are better together.
Topics regarding student dress code, school curriculum, and a lighting upgrade project were among the most pressing on the agenda for the Moffat County School District Board of Education at its regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 22.