What is the best way to address differences of opinion on the board or between the board and the administration?


Jim Evans

One of the things that I am most proud of with this board is our ability to go around the table and voice our opinions and come to some mutual understanding. We are so comfortable with this process that we one asked a facilitator to leave the room so we could have our discussion.


Kristopher Karns

I want to make sure we are able to sit down and have a conversation when there are differences. It is important to be able to listen and consider ideas that are different than yours. As a board member it will be critical to help build back the public trust and to do that we need transparency and open communication.


Elizabeth Wyman Always refer back to the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the organization. By doing this you take away personal agendas. The decision is made keeping the focus on education. This is why it is important to engage the community in the strategic planning process. When they know they were part of the process they have a better understanding of the decisions being made. Of course, civility, professionalism, preparedness are the keys to moving the discussions along.


Robert Rigoni

First and foremost is listening to their opinions and rationale for their decisions. I am an objective, data driven thinker and will consider all opinions and then take an evidence based approach to make my final decisions.


Christopher Wright My primary responsibilities as a school board member will be to set good policy, to collaborate with all stakeholders within OASD and to make sure that our resources are being allocated properly. The most important things that I’ve learned from past leadership roles is that you have to set solid policy based on a shared vision. The vision is created through collaboration, listening and community buy in.