Dan Lukich knows our challenges and has a vision of how to meet them.
COVID cost us a year of in-person teacher/student relationships and engagement.
Requiring everyone to wear masks in schools is a good first step.
But that's just the beginning to getting our kids back on track.
We need to recognize that our students have missed an entire year of in-person instruction -- and that it will take a thoughtful, concerted and well-funded effort to get our students caught up. This isn't going to be easy but we need to be committed to investing the time and resources it will take. And then we need to do even more to make our schools great.
Preparing our three-and four-year-olds for learning is essential to building a strong foundation for K-12 education. WJCC Schools' preschool program currently has a waiting list of over 150 -- children who are eligible but who cannot be served due to a lack of classroom space. Providing that space should be one of our highest priorities.
Our students need the tools and preparation to achieve their dreams no matter what career path they choose and to become lifelong learners who can adapt and thrive in a changing economy.
Every student in the WJCC school system should have equal access to advanced classes and career and technical opportunities. We must use a data-driven approach to close achievement gaps in our schools.
We need to move our schools beyond excellence. It's a win-win for our entire community, ensuring a solid foundation for our future, a vibrant local economy, and supporting our students and their families.
It's going to take bold vision, leadership and teamwork to restore the learning and achievement levels of our students. WJCC is a very good school system, well-regarded across the state. We need to take the opportunity now to move it beyond good to GREAT.
I have the skills, the experience and the steadiness we need on our school board at this critical time. My goals are to dispel the fog of extremism, evaluate the data, and focus on excellence in our schools and achievement for all our students.
Dan spent 29 years as a superintendent of schools in school districts in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Virginia, building $67 million in school facilities that integrated technology in buildings designed to meet present and future needs.
He's studied and developed ways to improve student and teacher engagement in classroom learning.
He's worked to improve community education, integrating vocational/technical education, adult basic education and college prep for students outside the K-12 framework.
Most important of all, he's worked throughout his career with parents, teachers and administrators to listen to problems, build consensus and come up with creative solutions.
Judy and Dan met while earning their master's degrees and have worked together since to support each other's work in education, be active in their community and raise four children. They've lived in Williamsburg since 2014.
At youngest son Alex's graduation, 2012: Lincoln (2004), Danielle (1999), Judy, Alex (2012), Dan, Andrew (2006).