October 12, 2004 > Nina Moore
TCV: What is your background and how does this relate to determining school policies?
Nina Moore: I first got involved in the school district when my children were just starting out in school and I became involved with the PTA. There was an announcement that the district was planning a Community Facilities Committee and I joined primarily because I started to become concerned about inequity across the district and programs and facilities.
TCV: If you are an incumbent, how long have you been on the board and what were the initial reasons you ran for office?
NM: When two incumbents decided not to run for reelection I decided that I would run. There was a lack of trust in the board and the district and the district's decision-making processes, there was a lack of understanding of the challenges facing the district.
One of the points that I ran on and I felt that we needed to have better communication between the district and the community members. The entire decision-making process and communication process was a very strong focal point in my original platform, to restore that trust in the district and the board.
TCV: If you an incumbent, what were you able to accomplish during your years on the board and what remains to be done?
NM: During my year as board president we actually revised our mission statements and developed a set of principles to guide our priorities and decisions. We created the Financial Advisory Committee and the safety bond. We have also have moved forward with selling and leasing some of our surplus property to enable facilities enhancement, infrastructure enhancement, that we would not be able to afford otherwise.
These are long-term investments that will benefit our students for decades to come. I still think we need to do much more to ensure that each and every student reaches his or her full potential in our district.
TCV: What are the primary challenges currently facing the board and what skills do you have that will help meet these challenges?
NM: One of the reasons that I'm running for the board again is because despite what we've accomplished, which is a considerable amount, there is a lot more that I still want to accomplish and I think that we can do a lot more to improve student achievement in our district.
TCV: What do you hope to accomplish if elected?
I think that it is our board's responsibility to make sure that we, the management, act in the best interest of today's students and our future students. Our schools must be not only physically safe, but they must also be welcoming and safe emotionally for our students, our staff, and our students' parents.
TCV: What are the primary challenges acing the board and what skills do you have that will help meet those challenges?
NM: One of the reasons that I' m running for the board again is because despite what we've accomplished, which is a considerable amount, there is a lot more that I still want to accomplish and I think that we can do a lot more to improve student achievement in our district. We must ensure that they have the resources, the programs, and challenging opportunity to really help them reach their full potential.
TCV: Do you have a unique perspective or idea that you will advance on the board, if elected?
NM: I think that we really need to assess whether the programs that we're using to address student needs are the most effective programs to help them achieve their goals. I think that one way we can do that is to look at other schools with comparable demographics that are getting better scores than we are and saying is there something they're doing that we're not doing and if so let's check it out.