I have a desire to maintain academic excellence and inclusiveness. The district must provide academic  and intellectual rigor and keep those opportunities open to all students. It can and should be done. I want to help the district maintain their fiscal responsibility and maximize their output from existing sources. I believe the community has to be included in decision making even when it feels inconvenient.



Mary Flemming
Jobs Paraprofessional SCKSEC, certified pediatric trauma nurse, Woman’s Army Corp personnel management specialist 1976-1980.
Family Husband: Martin; children: Mike, Jessica, Sara, Shanity, Cedrique and Miranda.
 

Q: Why are you running for USD 382 Board of Education?

A: I have a desire to maintain academic excellence and inclusiveness. The district must provide academic  and intellectual rigor and keep those opportunities open to all students. It can and should be done. I want to help the district maintain their fiscal responsibility and maximize their output from existing sources. I believe the community has to be included in decision making even when it feels inconvenient.

Q: What challenges face the Board?

A: Changes in state funding make it more and more of a challenge to maintain a quality education while maintaining an outstanding curriculum. Success is not based on finances but how the curriculum is delivered to the students. It also depends on how well the district partners with families and engages parents and stays focused on children. It takes a lot of community input where financial aspects are concerned to make sure the public knows what is at stake.

Q: What are your goals as a Board member?

A: I want to expand student-learning time by lengthening the school year to all year round. The three summer months that our students spend away from a structured education environment have been a disaster for education achievement. I want to lengthen the school day especially for students struggling with math. An extra 20 to 30 minutes each day in math classes can help students learn enormously. Requiring ongoing mentoring, post-education and assessment programs for principals and teachers will ensure that students are receiving the opportunities for guidance and advancement that they need to be successful.  

Q: What is working well for the Board and what could be improved?

A: There is a great working relationship between the board of education, the administration, parents and teachers. The district needs to be committed to a Win-Win situation.

Q: What is your education background?

A: I attended Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and graduated in 1976 then graduated from Tulsa Community College in 1982 and the University of Texas in Arlington in 1984 with a degree in nursing.

Q: What other organizations do you belong to?

A: Involved with the Girl Scouts and a former Girl Scout, forensics and debate judge, volleyball line judge for Liberty Middle School and Pratt High School.