Lindley McCrary: Candidate for Littleton Public Schools Board of Education

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City or town of residence: Littleton

Occupation: Education researcher

Contact information: lindley@lindleyforlps.com, lindleyforlps.com

Why are you seeking this office?

I am seeking this office because I believe in the power of a strong public education system, which provides equity and an opportunity for all students to succeed. LPS is a legacy district, and I want to be a part of continuing that legacy for years to come.

What makes you the best person for the job?

My extensive experience in Littleton Public Schools has provided me with the skill set to be a strong leader and a consensus builder by actively listening and engaging with the community. I have the knowledge of district operations and the perspective to see areas where improvement can be achieved.

What, if anything, should be done to enhance security at district schools?

School safety and security is a serious issue and a high concern in our community. LPS has an award-winning security team that works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a sophisticated security system and strong partnerships with local law enforcement. While LPS is doing a lot of things right when it comes to security, there is always room for growth and improvement. The best way to ensure safety and security is to create a safe culture and climate. Students at every age should be aware of and comfortable using the safety and security measures that are available.

What, if anything, should be done to better address the mental health needs of district students?

Mental health is also an issue that must be a focus and a priority for the district, and directly ties into school safety. Since 2013, the district has invested an additional $800,000 per year to improve mental health services for students. Our mental health team continues to evaluate the system and make improvements where needed. More funding is the most important improvement that can be made for mental health services overall, which would provide access to more programs and services that can enhance the abilities of the district to address the mental health needs of its students.

What issue or issues must the school board make a bigger priority next year than it has in recent years?

Littleton Public Schools is facing budget cuts for the first time in several years. We need to prioritize communicating and working collaboratively with our teachers, parents, students and community to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep these cuts out of the classroom.

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