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Why is it time for a leadership change at ND DPI?
1) Lack of leadership shown by poor attendance at board meetings.
My goal is to lead the Department of Public Instruction in a way that promotes a positive work culture and climate. The current leadership at the Department of Public Instruction has experienced an almost complete change-over in staffing and under her leadership, the Department is constantly adjusting duties assigned to the Departments staff. This has made it difficult for school districts throughout North Dakota to build trusting relationships with the Department. Continual staff turnover has made it difficult to assist schools in their important duty of educating students across the state. North Dakota’s educators and students deserve more.
When elected to position of Superintendent of Public Instruction, I would place a high priority on serving on the boards this position is mandated to serve. For example, Ms. Baesler’s attendance rate on the NDHSAA’s Board the last two years has been about 25%, her attendance rate for the TFFR Board has been 50% and her absentee rate for the Land Board has been 29% of the time and she is known for calling in or attending late. Her very poor attendance of these meetings fails the education system of ND and the people she represents. There is a reason that the State Superintendent serves on these and other boards, and failure to attend is inexcusable. ND deserves better.
I have been active in the Legislative process as an advocate for small schools. I am a leader who listens and knows that wise decisions are reached when many perspectives and ideas are heard.