Archibald’s Response to Bunderson Question
The Board has the responsibility to ensure that the budget is consistent with the district’s goals and policies. For over five years I have taken seriously the responsibility of understanding policy and the importance of working with the superintendent so that the proposed budget is built around the district’s priorities. It is a privilege to have “One Vote” as we approve and develop policy. Policy 1225 is sensitive toward family lifestyles, yet rich with founded wisdom that should never be ignored but rather strictly observed. As we do this we will be protecting the classroom and the academic programs.
Collaboration between teachers blesses everyone involved; students, faculty members and entire communities. For this reason our district has been striving for years to have K-5 schools with a target building capacity/population of 400-600 students. In schools that are at or near capacity, it is much easier to balance class size, avoid splits, and generally use the staff and facilities with maximum efficiency. Over the years enrollments have been declining in several areas of the district, thus Policy 1225 is an objective formula that gives direction as to how to proceed safely.
It is my intention to use the tax dollar to maintain quality teachers, core academics, class size and technology. All school buildings reach a point at which they are no longer effective or efficient to use no matter where they are locted. I have “One Vote” and I will uphold the directive as noted in Policy 1225 and the recommendation as to the closing of Bunderson Elementary. My decision is based on “evidence” and correct data; the efforts of our Superintendent are commendable and integral. It is my hope that the other six board members will listen carefully, then do what is right with their “One Vote”……for the right reasons!
Connie J. Archibald, Box Elder School District School Board Member