SCHOOL DISTRICT TRUSTEE candidates were interviewed
Thursday night, September 27th at the Loyalton Social Hall by Moderator Tom Archer, retired attorney out of Truckee.
Tom questioned them on challenges and priorities, curriculum, leadership as a board member, day-to-day involvement, school security and bullying.
JESSE WHITLEY has lived in Sierra Brooks since 2004 and has six kids, having worked in lumber mills 20 years.
He’s coached varsity football and served on the SARB Board with administration, teachers and social workers.
Rather than outsourcing, he would put a strong focus on insourcing. He would like to see local teachers fill needs. He would look at incorporating trades more than skilled workers could provide.
Jesse would get hold of grants and incorporate charter schools for better opportunites to hire.
He feels two important qualities are inspiration and empathy. In disciplinary action, he’d focus on the situation at hand and on the kid. He feels children need to learn from mistakes and not be penalized. They need to be inspired by having models to look up to and Jesse would “love to be there when needed.”
He stated early prevention is the key to a secure school and the need to know students. He feels kids are a good source. He felt the SARB Board is a good resource to identify children and they need to look at mental health with a counselor. He experienced actual lock downs and called it an “excellent job.” He felt children should be free from fear and that armed security guards might put them on edge. He has faith in children and they have answers. If bullying, he would provide a safe place.
ANDY GENASCI grew up in Sparks, Nevada, attended University of Nevada, served in the military 20 years, retiring in 2012 and spent four years in Denver, CO and his job now allows him to live here with his wife and two kids.
He has an intimate understanding of the budget and felt it “critical” we explore grants. He’d like to see instruction curriculum for diesel mechanics, welding, and to be successful given the tools.
In school safety, he would prioritize buildings and teachers should have a plan linked in with the sheriff’s office.
For programs, he stated “absolutely” on math, computer programming, music programs and arts or theater introduced as well. He was in favor of preparing for trades and felt missing is leadership skill; how to think and behave on their own.
He wants an “intimate understanding” of every one of the 400 kids. “No surprises of kids in your classroom.” He talked of instilling leadership and making corrective action where they see it.
With “not an immense budget,” he’d focus on kids, safety and curriculum.
On security, he’d have well trained security guards on campus. He verified not arming teachers.
He would recommend cell phones on campus only in an emergency; “Not conducive to learning.”
NICOLE STANNARD has been married 12 years and lived in Sierra Brooks 10 years. She has a 1-1/2 and 3-1/2 year old, stating “They’re our future.”
She is in favor of “giving students as much as possible,” noting a great FFA and 4-H and incorporating school sports. She spoke of recruiting qualified teachers, retaining teachers and “giving as much opportunity to teaching our children.”
She wants to focus on math, science and history making sure kids are efficient at it with a core curriculum and good basis with art, music, theater and in high school, trades as an after school program.
She has sat on dietician boards and knows how to run them, working for northern Nevada Dairymen and Dairy Council. She’s good with budgets and can make a plan.
As a school board trustee, she would be on campus and as part of the community.
She stated the need for teachers and administration to get to know every student, know their dreams and struggles. She wants teachers to get more training and be in halls with students.
She brought up bullying at the high school and wants administration to look at that.
She called herself a dedicated person to business and livlihood, choosing this community and what it represented.