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MISSION, Kan. — After more than a year of fretting over her 13-year son with a rare liver disease, Heather Ousley broke into tears when she learned that he and millions of other youngsters could soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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According to Michael Knight, co-founder and marketing head of Incorporation Insight, this is something many teachers transition into because the nature of the work is still related to their field but without the hassle of teaching at a school.

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What would your top priorities be as a school board member and why?

My top two priorities will be getting kids safely back into school. Continuous online learning is not ideal for mental and physical health. Going back and forth from online to in-person school will take a long-term toll. Online learning also puts strain on parents, businesses and families as they have to adjust their jobs and lives accordingly, though many don’t have the means to do so. I will also work to bring transparency to the school budget and tax levy.

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What would your top priorities be as a school board member and why?

Balancing LPS’s budget while addressing unmet student needs during an era that is witnessing more shrinkage of state aid, placing more pressure on local taxpayers. Addressing equity issues to ensure that all of our community’s children receive an adequate education. Exploring the possibilities that new technologies provide public education to lower costs while keeping an excellent educational system.

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What would your top priorities be as a school board member and why?

My top priorities would be that all students should go back to school and stay in school full time. Students learn best in the classroom with their peers and a live educator, teacher. Then to make sure that my community, the constituents of District 7, should have a "voice" and complete transparency when it comes to school policies, teaching curriculums, school meal programs and how taxpayer funds are allocated.

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