Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board
Sean W. Hyland, incumbent
Linda Yu, incumbent
Anne Bauer, incumbent
K. Bartlett Durand, Jr.
Sean W. Hyland
Town of Cross Plains, WI 53528
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? Currently School Board Member approaching the end of my first term. Experience includes the US Navy trained in Nuclear Engineering. Degree in Business Administration. Certifications in Energy Management, Facilities Management and Project Management. The focus on my work experience has been on facilities management, sustainability, data analytics and lean management practices. When applied to the school board position, my skills focus on facilities operations, capacity management and planning, and a balanced approach towards costs and school district needs.
2. How should the district address disparities in student achievement? Student disparities in achievement has been one of the primary focuses in my tenure over the past three years. Early initiatives with students establishes a path for long-term success in academics. Programs to assist students as they progress through all levels of education assists in continual monitoring of success and enables for early intervention. Programs that provide role models in both peers and in educators give students active role models that are success and provide active feedback on students success. Inclusion of family in student achievement programs extends modeling opportunities into the home.
3. Are there additional steps the district should take to effectively recruit and retain an outstanding and diverse workforce? Active recruitment of educators is a continued strategy. Early identification and partnering of students into education profession while providing students opportunities to return to MCPASD with internships has demonstrated success in expanding the diversity of our workforce. Continuing the progress that has been done in creating a culture that attracts a diverse work force is also a priority.
4. In this time of uncertain state and federal support for public education, what are your top three spending priorities for the district? Prioritizing programs that have demonstrated the highest success in student achievement, balancing cost expenditures to expand the physical facilities to make student needs with a balanced focus on cost expenditures and a focus on wellness programs that improves the mental and physical well being of educators, administration, students and families.
Middleton, WI 53562
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I earned a Master of Education degree from Arizona State University and have public education teaching experience from grades K-12 in both general and special education settings. As a parent, I have been a weekly classroom support and special events volunteer for many years. This experience has given me an opportunity to develop relationships with staff, as well as understand the challenges our educators face. I have also served our community as a trained volunteer in the role of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and/or neglected children of Dane county and Salvation Army of Dane County bell ringer.
2. How should the district address disparities in student achievement? The MCPASD continues working hard to address achievement disparities by supporting our District Equity Leadership Team (DELT) comprised of staff trained to identify and facilitate:
• students or staff in need of support
• opportunities for continued professional development
• opportunities for family outreach
• increasing student engagement in clubs, athletics, music and/or theater
All of these aspects contribute to increased graduation rates and student achievement, but also build on the feeling of a community where all students belong regardless of their socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, language proficiency or special education status.
3. Are there additional steps the district should take to effectively recruit and retain an outstanding and diverse workforce? MCPASD views retaining our outstanding staff and recruiting outstanding diverse staff as imperative. The district has collaborated with our educators to develop a new and competitive compensation plan that is both sustainable and representative of future earnings. MCPASD is also working to hire a diverse workforce in all employment categories because it is important for students to have a variety of role models in every aspect of their school day. We would like to promote a more diverse candidate pool for open positions by showcasing our wellness program, professional development opportunities, our commitment to equity, and our compensation model.
4. In this time of uncertain state and federal support for public education, what are your top three spending priorities for the district? My top priority is to support student learning. We have a capacity issue in our district that needs to be addressed to ensure that our students are not experiencing overcrowding that could/will negatively impact their learning environment. We have a diverse community group working on facilities planning and I support their efforts. I support promoting student participation in activities, clubs, music program, theater, athletics, and the Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP college credit) by removing financial barriers for students in need. Finally, I support the district wellness efforts that provide for student and staff mindfulness practice and wellbeing.
K. Bartlett Durand, JR.
1. What in your professional and community background qualifies you for this elective office? I am a business attorney and entrepreneur. Many know me from Black Earth Meats and The Conscious Carnivore, but I also help others get their businesses started. I’m involved in Scouting, volunteered in the schools, and work on community economic development programs. Over the past four years I’ve worked with school administrators on new program ideas, cultural issues, and teacher training and integration. I’m very focused on remedial math programs, summer schools, “whole child” education, and alternative ways to learn and earn credits. Building community is what I love and what we need to develop in our schools.
2. How should the district address disparities in student achievement? The gap is largely a societal issue that we rely on the schools to solve. Low achievers generally come from homes with little education “equity” to help their kids thrive in school. In addition, we have a large percentage of poorly performing students who are part of a transient population where efforts to provide a solid education is thwarted by homelessness, displacement, or other traumas. Many don’t have the summer enrichment opportunities as others. As the last place society can influence them, schools must address the entire social structure of their lives. Broad community-services cooperation and coordination is required.
3. Are there additional steps the district should take to effectively recruit and retain an outstanding and diverse workforce? As a District, we need to develop our staff the same way we develop our kids — with full support for the whole person, attracting those who are passionate about their subjects, essential for achieving excellence. Just as there are many types of people, there are are different ways of learning, and bringing in different “styles” of teachers and methods, within a core expectation of excellence, must be the goal. The District’s focus on mindfulness and teacher-as-partner in education is exciting to witness and I believe the training provided is a great start to a wholesome, professional staff.
4. In this time of uncertain state and federal support for public education, what are your top three spending priorities for the district? Middleton is growing and our schools are bursting at the seams. The new facilities being proposed are an absolute necessity for the District. Following that, I would like to see the whole-child concepts of education expanded to integrate fully throughout our system, for the benefit of both students and staff. Thirdly, I would like to explore combinations of voluntary summer school, integrated on-line classes, project-based learning, and a “home room” system in the High Schools where a single teacher acts as advisor and advocate for a student for all four years.