Beth Beebe, candidate for Bloomington School Board, provided this brief introduction and summary key issues.
Her campaign website is Beebeforschoolboard.com
My educational background experiences and perspective, my investment in families and the community, bring relevant expertise to the school board.
Married to John for 27 years
Bloomington resident for 17 years.
Have two grown sons who attended Bloomington Schools
Have 15 years of classroom teaching experience Preschool thru Jr. High
Parent Educator - Spoken to 50 + Mother's of Preschoolers (MOPS) groups
Lived in Japan for 3 years as an English Teacher
Involved in the Bloomington Community as a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain, Election Judge, Premarital Counselor and Marriage Mentor with my husband, and working with At-Risk Children and Families.
Education - Bachelors in Social Work Bethel University
Bachelors in Elementary Education San Jose State University
INCREASE MATH AND READING SCORES
- Math and Reading scores remain around 54% of students at grade level, unchanged year after year.
- With emphasis on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) methods and curriculum need to be changed.
- Families are leaving Bloomington schools for other options They state they are not satisfied with the curriculum, classroom discipline, and handling of bullying issues among other things.
- Funding is tied to enrollment, the district needs more funding, therefore the district needs to attract families back to the district through innovative changes that address reasons families have left.
INCREASE EDUCATION OF CAREER OPTIONS
- Host Job and Career Fairs with area employers outlining requirements for jobs.
- Expose students to opportunities in the trade fields that will increase as 35% of the workforce will retire by 2020. Students with hands on abilities need to be encouraged to pursue these jobs.
- Build relationships with corporations that can provide entry level jobs and provide training and scholarships for employees toward a degree.
- Encourage dual enrollment in current Bloomington programs and add new career fields to current Criminal Justice, Cosmetology, and Automotive Mechanics programs.