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As a member of the Hamilton Southeastern School Board since July of 2019, I have always and will always make every decision by placing the needs of our students as my top priority. With that lens, I can best serve all of the families in the Fishers and HSE community.
The students of HSE schools are fortunate to have many different experiential learning opportunities through partnerships with Conner Prairie and CurioCity. As a school board member, I'll continue to support the efforts to enhance and expand the existing programs and I'll challenge district leadership to find even more ways to engage more students in a student centered community based learning.
As much as possible, students should learn with the same group of students from K-12. It doesn't make sense for students from one elementary school to be sent to different intermediate, junior high and high schools. The mental health of our students should be a key consideration as we make decisions. Also, when redistricting is necessary, redistricting should be done at the elementary school level... the elementary school to which a student is assigned would dictate the schools those students would attend in later grades, keeping students together throughout their educational career. Achieving this would be a key goal for my time on the school board.
Operating schools for 23,000 students is a significant responsibility. We're the largest transportation network in Hamilton County and we serve more meals than any food provider in the county as well. We have a significant amount of building footprint used for educating our kids. It is important as a board member that I hold district leaders accountable for managing our facilities and operations wisely. We must maintain our commitment to operate without increasing the tax rate, while providing top notch educational experiences. When revenue falls (as it inevitably will), our focus must be first on our students and their classroom experience.
To provide a world class education, we must continue to hire and retain world class educators. I was privileged to support a teacher pay increase in 2019. We should look for opportunities to further reward our teachers in the future. I will also continue to focus on improving the culture in all of the HSE buildings.
Our schools are fortunate to be supported by a fantastic School Resource Team from the Fishers Police Department. I believe it's important for school board members to maintain high expectations of district leadership, transportation personnel, and our police to ensure our students are as safe as possible from pickup to dropoff every day.
Every student in the HSE district deserves to feel included and supported. To do this, it is critical that more students have educators who look like them. Currently, only 1% of our teaching staff are any race other than white. This doesn't come anywhere close to matching our student population. We must focus on recruiting and retaining diverse educators from a variety of backgrounds. We must also educate students so they can actively participate in conversations about race and be prepared to be future leaders in our community.
Employers in today's world demand critical thinkers who are prepared for constant change and are equipped with problem solving skills needed to succeed in the workplace. We can't ignore the basics, but we also can't do things the way they've always been done. We must encourage more risk taking in the classroom... more project based education to truly invigorate the hearts and minds of our students. Through those experiences they can begin developing the skills they'll need to be successful contributors to our community and our society.
In the community, the most common question I hear these days is about school this fall. While I don't have any answers, and recognize this may not be a campaign issue, I will share my thoughts. It is clear to me our students need the interaction in our buildings for their mental health. We also have a responsibility to keep our students and employees safe and healthy. I am confident we will find ways to do both of those things this fall, in ways that may vary depending on the student or staff member. It will not be exactly like it was last year and there will be sacrifices, but our students deserve the opportunity to learn in a classroom setting.
I believe effective communication to parents and the entire community is the responsibility of our school district. In the recent past, our message isn't getting to parents as well as I believe it should. In my short time on the board, I have worked to encourage more transparency and additional venues of communication to the community. I will work to enhance existing communication and advocate for additional ways we can share the success stories of HSE schools. I have also communicated frequently using my social media pages and you may sign up for my newsletter using the dialog box at the bottom of the page.
Clint and his wife have 3 young children... a 2nd grader and preschooler in the HSE district and a son who is in a private preschool.
Before being appointed to the school board, Clint was active in HSE schools as a volunteer with YMI (Youth Mentoring Initiative) amd the HSE Finance Academy. Clint continues to be active in those volunteer roles in addition to serving as an assistant coach and sponsor with Mudsock Sports and is a regular blood donor.
Clint is an insurance agent and small business owner here in Fishers. He has spent more than 15 years in the industry and has called Fishers home since 2013.
Clint grew up attending public schools in Northern Indiana in the South Bend school system through 7th grade before relocating with his family and attending Goshen Schools through high school graduation. He is also a proud graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor's Degree in telecommunications. Clint and his family moved to Fishers in 2013, mainly because of the outstanding schools reputation.
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