I grew up one of six children in a military family. I have been married to my husband, Bill Scholl, for 30 years and we are privileged to be residents of Florence for 15 years. I currently serve on the Ravalli County Board of Health.
My qualifications include being a licensed registered nurse and manager for 30 years specializing in forensics and emergency. I have been involved in extensive nursing and medical education since the beginning of my career. Nursing, as a career, has taught me the importance of proper education and allowed me unlimited opportunities to educate myself as well as children, adults, those entering the medical and forensic arena and peers. My forensic and emergency backgrounds have given me the tools to remain neutral, objective and unbiased while working through whatever problems or topics presented.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing your school?
One challenge is no more important than any other. The challenges present themselves and need to be considered and addressed individually.
Students, teachers and staff have challenges that affect the school. We hear daily, students deal with academic pressure, disappointment, temptation, self-esteem and home issues including proper nutrition and family situations. I believe teachers face many challenges include lack of resources, adapting class activities, communicating with and encouraging students and families who may have family situations in addition to school, time management and balancing school and home. Likewise, school staff challenges need to be considered and include development, training, respect and support for each job. I believe the school is tasked regularly to balance all the above challenges while keeping the school fiscally stable and continue enhancing the education experience to remain viable, with appealing education options and active participation by the community.
Why is communication with the community important?
We know federally, state and local allocations provide education revenue. What is not usually publicized or understood is approximately only 9 percent is federal with state and local funds splitting the lion’s share of the cost. Most individuals see, hear and feel the financial impact but rarely have an understanding for why these costs are necessary. Communication with the community is key to provide the financial resources necessary to maintain a well functioning school district. I believe by working together we can establish school systems and processes to maintain the fiscal stability and performance we all desire. Communicating crucial decisions involved with retaining and recruiting staff and leadership and maintaining and developing the school appeal for students is paramount for community advocacy and support.
Why are you the best candidate for school trustee?
“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” G. K. Chesterton
The school is the foundation of the community.
My husband and I remain staunch supporters of education and have quietly provided for various educator’s needs, particularly those in Montana as they have been presented. I feel it is important to address challenges and explore opportunities in all areas of vocational, technical, academic and special education to ensure the students may be successful in the future. As a trustee, I will listen, be an advocate and ally, address concerns and get answers to questions. I will be fair and dedicated to the best interests of the school and staff. I will work toward advancing the goals and visions for Florence-Carlton as identified by the school, staff, students and community. Decisions the school board makes affect the entire community from old to young, valley north to south so decisions must be considered with seriousness, attention and deliberation. Due to this impact, I know to remain successful the school and staff need support so in turn they may ensure the children are equipped to meet the challenges they will encounter throughout their lives.