Where they stand: School board district 5 preview

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What are the academic areas where BCSC schools could improve or expand current offerings?

BCSC has a very strong foundation of courses and programs now, but we will partner with our community employers and the arts community to design new offerings. Our future depends on it.

If funding became so tight that BCSC programs would need to be cut, how would you decide where to trim? What would be your priorities in making decisions?

During my time on the board, we have not had to cut programs. Because we believe in educating the whole child, many non-traditional programs are just as important as the core classes. I am confident the local community would fill any state funding voids.

What facility improvements, such as remodeling, outdoor labs, expansions or new buildings, does BCSC need? How do you propose that BCSC should pay for them?

The board recently completed a facilities master plan which included enrollment projections. This provides our road map to move forward. We will look at many ways to fund school projects. We welcome the community to join us in discussing the priorities and managing the tax rate.

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What are the academic areas where BCSC schools could improve or expand current offerings?

A rigorous and creative science and math curriculum that partners BCSC with corporate and private sponsors to deliver an exceptional learning experience as a platform for a student’s success at the undergraduate level. Develop a life-skills class to prepare high school students for independence as they transition into adulthood.

If funding became so tight that BCSC programs would need to be cut, how would you decide where to trim? What would be your priorities in making decisions?

Take a critical look at programs not adequately aligned with board’s vision to prepare all learners to succeed in a competitive global economy and identify those which had failed to deliver on expected outcome. With that information in hand, hold a town hall to gather public input on options available.

What facility improvements, such as remodeling, outdoor labs, expansions or new buildings, does BCSC need? How do you propose that BCSC should pay for them?

As to capital requests, if a business need and alignment with our vision and values can be demonstrated, then I would gather the administrative staff of the schools to determine if a reallocation of resources could meet the need and if not then incorporate public comment on the options available.

Tim Woods

Name: Tim Woods

Age: 42

City of residence: Edinburgh

Occupation: Development scientist at Eli Lilly and Co.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Indiana University

Previous offices held: None

Previous offices sought: None

Community involvement: East Columbus Christian Church

Family: Wife, Amy. Three children

Pat Bryant

Name: Pat Bryant

Age: 63

City: Columbus

Occupation: Retired Bartholomew County sheriff’s deputy, Fisher’s Flower Basket

Education: Jeffersonville High School, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M

Previous offices held: BCSC school board

Family: Wife, Terry. One child