District 622 Q&A: Steve Hunt (incumbent)The Bulletin asked District 622 School Board candidates the following questions:
City: North St. Paul
Education: Graduate of Jackson High School in Jackson, Minn.; attended University of Minnesota-Morris
Occupation: Union representative for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
Family: Wife, Sue; children Jon, Joe, Jacob, Ivona, Iza, Teji
Civic involvement: Served as a volunteer youth baseball coach; served on the ISD 622 Citizen Finance Committee; currently on the ISD 622 School Board
The Bulletin asked District 622 School Board candidates the following questions:
Q: What do you see as the major issues facing District 622?
A: Major challenges that we need to continue to address include closing the achievement gap and working to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student population including our homeless youth. We need to find ways to make sure our children are ready for the future while working within the financial means of our district.
Q: How do you think the district should address learning gaps within its schools?
A: Our first goal is to find ways to measure where the gaps exist. In addition to the results we get from “teaching to the test”, we need to continue to develop our own data and always look for those places where we can make the changes that produce results. Data and research are proving that the earlier we can work with our students, the more successful they will be. In addition to those efforts, we need to look at where our classroom interventions are successful and why, so we can make more changes when possible.
Q: How can the district incorporate technology into the classroom?
A: We need to continue with the transition we have already started with funding the introduction and availability of technology in our classrooms. We also need to look ahead and anticipate the needs our students will have while learning. It is becoming more apparent that our students are learning differently now than in the past. To many people, the use of technology is still a goal. To our children, it is already an accomplishment.
Steve Hunt is an incumbent for District 622 School Board.