Candidate for Youngstown School Board: LaDonna Walker

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LaDonna Walker is running for Youngstown School Board

Name: LaDonna Walker
Age: 46
Office Desired: Youngstown School Board
Occupation: Parent Engagement Coordinator
Education: MS, Organizational Leadership & Administration

Experience:
I’ve been an employee of Youngstown City Schools since 2010. I’ve worked with elementary, middle school students and parents. I’m also active in my community and build partnerships to develop educational and programming for scholars ages 5-18.

What are your priorities for the school district?
1). To hold all of our stakeholders accountable to come together to improve learning academic achievement among our scholars.

2) To create and support an environment conducive to positive family engagement in our schools.

3) Promote unity within our district and to strengthen and increase community partnerships.

4) Ensure that funds are being used to support our district’s efforts to move toward successful outcomes for every scholar.

5) To provide leadership and active support for district plans that will positively impact the families in our community.

What policies, if any, will you support to promote diversity and inclusion in your school district?
I will support and promote the district’s plan to create a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and excellence by holding myself and colleagues accountable to know the plan, understand the plan, and share it’s importance with our community. I will do all that I can to make sure parents and guardians are also receiving information and training to support a non-discriminatory environment. Finally, I will make it a point to review all evaluative district data to identify areas in need of improvement in terms of discrimination or bias. If such needs are found, I will work with leadership to create and implement changes to create more diverse, equitable and inclusive policies and practices in those areas.

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