Cassville School Board Questionnaire: Steve Henbest
1. Is the school district doing enough to encourage diversity in its staff in hiring minorities, certified and non-certified?
Yes, I feel our administration is hiring the most qualified staff members regardless of ethnicity or background.
2. What would you like to see the district do to reduce teacher turnover?
I think the first thing that needs to be done is reach out to not just teachers but all employees, listen to their concerns, and make them feel their opinions are valued. Regardless of where you work, an employee needs to feel respected, considered, and appreciated. We could also implement a peer/parent nominated program that recognizes such things as outstanding achievement, acts of kindness, etc. We should recognize these individuals publicly, showing them that as a district and community we appreciate them and what they do.
3. How would you know if the school district has achieved the right balance between technology and self-taught programs versus having enough teacher aides for hands-on learning? How would you make sure you’re promoting the right balance?
I’m not sure there is a method to properly gauge a subjective measure of “right balance”. Results would vary depending on the subject matter, the grade level, the individual student, or even the educator and their abilities to deliver instruction. With that said, technology can be a very powerful tool if researched and utilized properly. I would like to see teachers use technology to make their everyday instruction more efficient, in order to spend more time with hands on learning and 1-on-1 interactions with students.