My name is Sarah Armijo and I am a self-employed 40-year-old wife and mother.
What are the biggest challenges you see facing your school?
The biggest challenge we are currently facing is working to accomplish the expectations put on the district with the country's out-of-date resources and a misconception of where responsibility should be held.
Two examples of this are:
• Our government approved funding of 40 percent for special education programs, but to date has funded roughly 17 percent. The district is obligated to cover these costs which come out of our general fund.
• There is a very blurred line between families and staff as to who has the authority to make decisions on what each individual student needs. Ranging from discipline to mental health to education. Partnership and trust between the families and staff is imperative in these situations.
Why is communication with the community important?
Communication between our community and the district is crucial. When a community (school district, local businesses, citizens, and local government) functions as a whole, everyone is the beneficiary. When everyone is invested there is a sense of pride that increases the community standards. It is the duty of the citizens of our community to take care of the young and old so the cycle will continue to improve.