To the Editor: N.B. school board member asks for continued support
Written by Teresa L. (Tracy) Cotterman   
Friday, 25 October 2013 09:57
To the voters of the North Baltimore School District:
It has been a privilege to serve the last four years on your school board. I am asking for your vote on Nov. 5. This time has been an eye opening experience for me. I have learned so much about the education system in Ohio as well as the difficulties facing teachers and parents in these challenging times.
I am most proud of increased security in both buildings which merge the world of technology, person to person contact between our safety resource officer and students, and increased training for our staff.
I also value the relationship between the members of this administration, district staff, and our families, which I believe is based on respect, with no hidden agendas.
I admit that there have been some tough spots, and I appreciate any of you that contacted me and brought these to my attention.
I understand your frustration with continued levies, loss of revenue, changes in curriculum, increased testing, and tougher standards. I have children in the district. I believe this has helped and will continue to make me a more conscientious board member.
I promise that all decisions were based on information I had at the time, restriction placed by law, rules set by Columbus, and what I felt was best for our students. I pledge to continue to have an open door policy and encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns. I will listen, investigate for you if need be, and will do what I can to have your voice heard.
There is much work to do. I believe we need to increase technology in our district. This will attract students as well as business, which will increase our revenue and funding base.
We must continue to push for relief from unfunded mandates, loss of revenue from Columbus, and support our staff in their quest to bring the best education possible to our students.
We need to be good stewards of the funds we are allocated. We need to make each student feel safe, capable of reaching their potential, and provide them new and exciting opportunities. Lastly we need to work collaboratively with the staff of the district, coaches, and community leaders, to expect excellence, instill pride, and support our most valued asset: our children.
Teresa L. (Tracy) Cotterman
North Baltimore Board of Education

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