GARDNER, Kan. — Ahead of the general election on Nov. 2, FOX4 is working to help voters get a better idea where candidates stand on issues impacting residents in the metro.
FOX4 sent out a questionnaire to candidates in more than 50 races in Johnson County.
Monica Jacobs is challenging incumbent Lana Sutton for a chance to represent the 1st district on the Gardner-Edgerton school board.
FOX4 did not receive a response from Sutton. Here’s a look at what Jacobs had to say.
Q: Do you feel the district’s COVID response has been adequate? If elected, what metric would you use in deciding district COVID precautions in the future?
Jacobs: Early on there was not enough transparency between administration, the board and the public. It has improved over time. If elected, I would use the current method of following the Johnson County Health Department guidelines.
Q: How can the district address learning loss students may have experienced during the pandemic? What initiatives would you support to prevent students from falling behind?
Jacobs: I think there has to be additional research to determine if there has been a learning loss and then the ‘why’ behind it. If this is validated, I think virtual learning should be considered.
Q: What plans do you have to help the district attract and maintain qualified staff?
Jacobs: Survey current staff to determine challenges or concerns that have caused others to leave. Encourage transparency between administration and staff, and lead by example.
Q: What changes, if any, would you like to see in the district budget?
Jacobs: I am not aware of any changes needed at the local area, but rather continue to encourage more funding from a state level.