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CANDIDATE FORUM: LISD School Board - At Large

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KCBD NewsChannel 11 and the League of Women Voters are teaming up to bring you a series of candidate forums in advance of Lubbock's May elections.

On Monday, April 23, Melissa Collier and Ruby Tanner were our studio to answer questions from viewers and from the Lubbock League of Women voters.

Information provided by the Lubbock League of Women Voters.

Melissa Collier

Education: BBA Accounting, Texas Tech University, 1996

Q: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office.

A: After serving on the LISD Board of Trustees for two years, I am thoroughly familiar with the issues and challenges facing public schools. I am a CPA and have a vast knowledge of the way schools are funded. As the mother of two children, I enjoy being active in classrooms and serving through PTA.

Q: All school programs face decreased funding. Which programs would you propose be cut back and which programs would you emphasize?

A: I will work diligently to continue protecting our classrooms and the delivery of quality programs. We must adhere to a strict financial management plan, but it is essential to offer a variety of opportunities. I believe that we need to continue to offer quality extracurricular and co curricular activities. I want to see every student provided with an appropriate balance of academic, social and physical skills needed for success in life.

Q: How much emphasis should be given to the programs that are provided by the Byron Martin ATC (Advanced Technology Center)?

A: The Byron Martin ATC is a shining star for LISD. I wholeheartedly support the variety of programs it offers. It is a model program that uniquely integrates academics with hands on learning opportunities. The ATC prepares students for success in higher education or provides a pathway directly into the workforce. The skills that students gain are invaluable. In fact, this year, LISD has a record number of students enrolled in courses there.

Ruby Tanner

Education: Graduate from High School

Q: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office.

A: I started off teaching Sunday School with younger children, later moving onto adolescents for 15 years. I have been a Youth Church Counselor for different Churches since 1972. I have also taught at Summer School Enrichment Programs. These programs offered an academic enhancement to the next grade.

Q: All school programs face decreased funding. Which programs would you propose be cut back and which programs would you emphasize?

A: If I had to cut programs, I would start with sport programs that do not generate much revenue and Life Living Skills. I would implement an incentive program that would encourage students attendance. For instance, every six weeks for perfect attendance, have a fun day which would increase revenue for the schools. Also, the increase of Interventionists and Tutors would help enhance students academics, which would help alleviate the dropout rate.

Q: How much emphasis should be given to the programs that are provided by the Byron Martin ATC (Advanced Technology Center)?

A: I am a strong supporter of the Byron Martin ATC. It is very important that we support the talents and desires of all of our students and provide them with the skills necessary to succeed in life. Technical and vocational programs hold great promises for many students. Through ATC,it offers students a broad spectrum of career opportunities and they are also learning how to be humanitarians by providing finished houses for the community.

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