On the issues:
In light of Valley View's projected deficit, how can the board balance the budget, especially as the district pushes toward a more rigorous curriculum? Where can cuts be made while still improving student achievement?
We have been faced with trying times. Each household that is represented in our district has had to make tough choices that deal with finances. I think we are better off than most districts and every decision that is made is in the best interest of the student, while at the same time trying to keep the debt down. We should look into cutting anything that doesn’t affect students in the classroom. We will continue to make tough choices that deal with the budget and our debt, but we must come together with senior leadership and the school board to make the best of these trying economic times that our entire nation is facing.
- Position sought: Four-year member of the Valley View Board of Education
- Age: 40
- Family: Wife Tionia, 40; daughter Talia Elizabeth Williams Burns, 20; daughter ChaRosnese C. Williams, 16; son Kenneth Williams II, 14; son Keon I. Williams, 10
- Education: Master's degree in organizational leadership and supervision from Lewis University; bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and supervision from Purdue University
- Occupation: Store manager
- Political party affiliation, if any: School board is a non-partisan position
- Previous elected offices: None
What is the primary reason you are running for this office?
I want to be a school board member because I have a passion for young people to excel and reach their full potential.
What will be your single most important priority if you get elected?
I believe it takes a village to raise and educate a child. Parents, the school and our entire community need to work together to make sure our children have the best education possible, while at the same time having a balanced budget. I also believe that we need to make sure our children can compete with other students all over the country so that they can gain entrance in a higher institution and obtain a college degree.
What sets you apart from other candidates?
I feel I am qualified to be a school board member because I have a vested interest in our community and educational system. I have children who attend a Valley View School and I want them to receive the best education possible.
How long have you lived in Valley View School District?
What's your favorite thing about Valley View School District?
The diversity of the community and student body who attend our schools (and) the highly qualified teachers that go above and beyond the call of duty. The different avenues in which some schools seek to involve the community. The different programs and events that schools within the district have that allow the parents to have a better understanding of what is happening within the school and with the students. The extra-curricular activities that allow students to tap into their gifts and abilities. The road we are on to make sure we have high expectations for all students so that we can close the academic achievement gap.
What is the biggest problem in Valley View School District?
Balancing the budget in these trying economic times we all face, while at the same time not taking away anything from the classroom that would hinder a good quality productive learning atmosphere; academic achievement gap within our schools and the different subgroups; (and) making sure all of our VVSD schools make (adequate yearly progress).