Sat, Feb. 22

Meet Camp Verde School Board candidate Christine Schneider

Christine D. Schneider

Christine D. Schneider

Christine D. Schneider

Age: 57

Years in Arizona/Verde Valley: 47/21

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Education: Traditional, non-traditional and college educated

Elective and Advisory Experience: Elective: School Board Member. Advisory/leadership opportunities at church, private, and community levels.

Civic Affiliations: Currently a School Board member at CVUSD.

Verde Valley Newspapers: What uniquely qualifies you to serve as a member of the Camp Verde Unified School District board and what has prompted you to seek this position?

Schneider: As an American, I recognize that this country depends on its citizens for leadership and direction. I desired to serve as a way to giving back for the opportunities I have been blessed with. Knowing that the schools have need for community representation, I chose to serve and have done so for the past four years as their elected choice. I recognize that we cannot fix the entire country's school problems, but we can fix this community's schools for the benefit of all our students. I desire to continue to do so.

Verde Valley Newspapers: Is the Camp Verde Unified School District adequately serving the educational needs of its K-12 students? Do you feel that a four-day school week effectively addresses the school district's educational mission, and if not, and how do you suggest the district meet those objectives?

Schneider: Parents mandated their students receive a well-rounded education. With that, the board and school administrators defined what a well-rounded education is today.

Since then, school administrators are examining every aspect of our schools, from the simple things i.e. breakfasts-on-the-go, to the complex like technology infrastructure for diversified teaching. We know the standard five-day a week plan hasn't worked; we now know the current four-day a week is not working either.

Both take 10 years for students to catch up and they won't have a well-rounded education. That's not acceptable. Ask, what will work? We believe the next step will. It's the strategic plan, a road map for student's success. Why? It identifies specifically the best teaching practices today and brings them to our students.

The school day, week, and calendar will directly depend on the best way to give our youth that well-rounded education they and their parents desire.

Verde Valley Newspapers: Do you have any specific changes you want to make in school district policies, programs or the various school curricula being offered? If so, what changes do you want to make and why?

Schneider: Specific changes? Yes! 1) Complete the strategic plan. 2) Finish defining, then support through community outreach, the four cornerstones of a solid school foundation; Administrative Leadership, Effective Teaching Programs and Processes, Financial Sustainability and Innovation, and Excellent Auxiliary Support.

The reason I seek for these changes is that I want the very best for our students; to fix what is broken in our country's school systems.

I desire this community to be proud of their students' and their school's successes, because they, the students, deserve it!

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