This what I said to the Clark County School Board at last night’s public meeting:
My name is Jamie Huston and I am here to ask you to let me serve as the next superintendent of our school district. I was raised here myself and have two children in school now, with a third starting next year. Like all of you, I have a great interest in the success of our school district.
But to solve our problems in student achievement and budgeting, we need to return to common sense.
As superintendent, I will vastly scale back the elephant in the room of this budget crisis, the rampant bureaucracy in our school district. I will champion teachers and administrators in more effectively handling discipline. I will end all the insidious ways that low expectations have crept into out policies and have hurt student achievement.
Some have told me that it’s tilting at windmills for a teacher to campaign for superintendent, but this is a chance to show our children that we have the courage and integrity to do what’s best. We can select a new leader based on merit, not any other criteria. If the American political ideal is a citizen legislator, then the educational ideal is a teacher-superintendent.
I have here for each of you a folder that better introduces me, including some of my ideas for fixing the budget and improving academic achievement [the folder included my resumé and my list of 21 ideas], and to show how serious I am about fixing the budget and serving our community, I’ll state publicly that I will perform my duties as superintendent for the same salary that I make as a teacher. Thank you.
It’s hard to say exactly how the speech was received. Continue reading