Andrew Caudill

Andrew caudill

FOR WASHOE COUNTY School Board Trustee

I am so grateful for the support I have received over the past year of campaigning.  I would like to thank those that endorsed me, donated to my campaign, and volunteered to help.  I am especially thankful to the voters of School District C for giving me this opportunity to serve as your Trustee for the next four years.  Together we can build a better school system for our children and families.

-Andrew Caudill

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Issues & Views

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Family Values

o   Family is the cornerstone of our society.

o   Belief structures are to be taught at home, not in public school.

Parental Rights

o   No one in the public school system has more rights over a child than the parent.

o   The district should never withhold information regarding a child from parents.

o   Co-ed bathrooms forced upon students are a violation of student privacy and parental rights.

o   The voice of parents should always be heard over the voice of interest groups when concerning WCSD students.

 o   Social and psychological assessments administered to students in the WCSD without parental consent will not be supported or tolerated. 

o  Exams given, such as the SBAC, that intend to collect data on students without parental consent will not be supported or tolerated.  Currently, this data is stored and distributed without the knowledge or consent of parents in Washoe County.

Teachers are to be valued

o  While class sizes increased and teacher support decreased, the general administration received $12.8 million in fiscal year 2018, up from $6.7 million in fiscal year 2017.

o  $6.1 million increase to general administration while money was cut from the classroom!

Student Performance

o   Only 1 in 10 seniors are college ready

o   Resources and focus must be put into the classroom to prepare the students for college while supporting the teachers by cutting their administrative tasks.

 

Student Safety and Security

I have a three step plan to improve the safety and security of your children in the public school system. 

1)  WC-1 Tax: This money should be spent to build new schools that are structurally safe.  This includes bullet resistant doors and windows on all classrooms.  In the event of an active shooter all students and staff will be safe when the facility is locked down.  WC-1 tax money should be spent in the same manner when renovating existing school facilities.  

2)  School Police:  This school district does not have enough school police officers to protect students and staff in the event of an active threat.  All high schools currently have one officer assigned.  I will propose all middle schools be assigned an officer as well as assigning an additional three officers to patrol each high school district.  This will include patrolling all feeder elementary schools and assisting the officers in the middle schools that feed into the high school in the specific district.  Patrolling officers will also patrol walk zones to show their presence.  There have been a few attempted kidnappings in District C and the current board increased the size of walk zones.

3)  School Counselors:  This school district does not have enough counselors to partner with parents in monitoring mental health of students.  Experts recommend there be 1 counselor for every 250 students.  Elementary schools are suffering the most under the current system.

Click on this link to see a full breakdown of my proposal.  I will lobby our state legislature to allocate specific funds to improve school safety in the Washoe County School District.  There are not enough funds in the current budget to make a real difference in improving school safety and security.  I am eager to get to work on your behalf to make our district safer and more secure for the future of Northern Nevada.

Fiscal Responsibility

o   District must be held accountable to get their fiscal house in order:

  •   $500K per school to build co-ed bathroom facilities that invade student privacy. 
  •   823 district staff members make $100K+ in total compensation
  •   District faces $22-28M deficit in 2018-19
  •   District wasted $20K on Traci Davis’s evaluation
  • Administration salaries increased by over $6 million in fiscal year 2018

o   Taxpayer money should be respected and used in the classroom and not wasted.

o The WCSD can afford high administrative salaries, including taxpayer funded cars for administrators but cannot afford books or transportation for all students??

o  No support will be given to adminitrative luxuries until classroom is funded 100%.

Transparency & Trust With Integrity 

o   District is not being truthful when Traci Davis says the co-ed bathrooms are federally mandated, no federal mandate exists.

o   Trust and transparency must be restored.

o   All district business should be conducted openly for debate and discussion by the tax paying public.  District must act with integrity when disclosing information.