Riakos Adams for Killeen ISD Board of Trustees Place 6
Why we are running?
Elected officials are the representatives of those who put them in office and the community within their respective region or district. They must serve and address the needs of the electorate and community otherwise they lack a mandate or charge. It is the duty of School Board Trustees to be responsive and receptive to parents, staff, students, and the community at large.
Trustees must help educate, build public understanding, and encourage involvement and must be available, accessible, and willing to collaborate with all members of the communities the District serves (including staff and teachers) to accomplish the District's mission.
I want to have the input of the people I will represent. I have my opinions on issues, but it will never be about what Riakos wants. Decisions will be made only after input is heard from all groups on every side of an issue. I will evaluate the opinions with the relevant facts and how it will affect student success before a decision is made.
It will always be about what the collective "we" want or at least the majority. Voting for me means you can expect me at your PTA meetings, school assemblies, community meetings, sporting events, etc.
I want people to know that the District is not some monolithic entity charged with educating children during the day, but rather, the District is all the people (parents, teachers, students, staff, and overall community) that it serves. Most of all, we must never forget that the sole reason for our existence is the Students. They are why we are!!!"
I would like to bring a fresh look to how we manage the District.
We must empower our students. Giving them a voice at the table where decisions are made will make them more involved and teach them to be engaged Citizens in their adult lives.
We need to improve parental involvement. The more parents are involved, the more students are involved and the better the District can become. Promoting and supporting Parent Teachers and Student Associations and/or Parent Teacher Associations at all the schools at every level will strengthen relationships and make for a better education experience.
We must incorporate health and wellness programs that improve student success. When we ensure that our Students, Teachers, and Staff have access to health and wellness programs that improve their lives and remove unnecessary stressors, we increase the value of education and improve the morale of the employees.
We must initiate safety and security programs that will facilitate effective learning environments. If Students do not feel safe at school, they will not want to be there nor will be able to give the proper attention to their instruction. If Parents do not feel their Students are safe and secure at schools, they will not support the process and can become distractors. If Teachers and staff do not feel safe and secure in their work environment, their delivery will be hampered, and we could lose good people. A safe and secure environment does not mean building fortresses or high security fences.
We need to incorporate accountability processes that will ensure the district’s fiscal integrity. The decisions we make must be informed. For every goal there should be measurable objectives with benchmarks that help us evaluate the proper use of our resources. We must continuously review our structure to ensure we are best organized to ensure we provide the best education to ensure our Students are successful.