Thomas Keenan cites experience in schools
Q: Why are you the best candidate to represent your district on the board?
A: I believe my 20 years teaching, 10 years as career coordinator, 10 years as an agency builder in the financial industry and owner of my own business since the 1970s has well equipped me with knowledge, resources and a passion for education.
Q: Do you support the bond measure and mill levy override? Why or why not?
There is the need and with Dr. Ken Haptonstall and more focused guidance from a new school board we will see a more measurable result.
Q: What are your impressions of new initiatives such as performance-based learning and strategic teacher compensation? What other initiatives or policy changes would you like to enact?
A: Performance-based learning is essential for our students to be directly challenged each day. It is what the students are doing every day on their own with today’s technology and cell phones.
Strategic compensation can only by applied if we have evaluations detailing the growth of their students.
National standardized tests with school building results are costly (in) both time and money and provide no useful information for learning.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge District 51 faces and what can you do as a board member to address it?
A: Improving educational attainment for students in current environment by providing the focus on performance-based learning and accountability through useful testing. Must increase student learning days, other districts complete one year more of contact days from K-12 than ours.