Candidate Survey: Doug Sayers for Charles County Board of Education
Masters of Business Administration
Military Officer/Stragetic Planner
Instructor in Air Force and FAA Instructor for over 25 years.
Candidate Board of Education 2018
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Why are you running for office?
My name is Doug Sayers, and I am competing for a position on the Charles County Board of Education. The timing is optimal since I will be retiring from a twenty-eight-plus year military career to focus on raising my four beautiful children, ages 8, 12, 14, and 16, who have been in Charles County schools from 2006 and will remain until 2027. I want to be an advocate for “Excellence in Education” which I believe, empowers children and opens the door to success in life. I am running for the passion of making a difference in our next generation.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Abraham Lincoln, as President Lincoln fought to keep a “United States of America” versus a divided country. It was President Lincoln’s leadership and many decisions and executive orders that allowed the United States of America to remain “united.” My favorite Lincoln quote is “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.”
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Great Quotes from Great Leaders, as this simple book highlights the quotes from world leaders the last 250 years. The great leaders connected to the people and the situation at a level beyond their time and their quotes have lasted ages now. We learned from history and enjoy reading the “Great Quotes from Great Leaders.”
What is your favorite book about education, and why?
There are so many excellent books. My favorites books are the common sense advice books about life. One example is “Life Lessons” by Robert Savage. We learn formally and informally. It is the common sense education that is usually missing in the formal education system and over a lifetime the common sense education augments the basic formal education.
What will be your top priority on the Board of Education?
Allowing Teachers to Teach and ensuring our teachers’ salaries are increased with regular cost of living adjustments.
What is the biggest issue facing your county schools?
Charles County lacks the revenue sources to properly fund the Board of Education as the primary county revenue is property taxes.
What are the three biggest issues facing Maryland schools?
Returning to Top 1,2,3 rankings in the Nation, having more State Revenue to distribute education funds to the county level and managing the large amount of non-English speaking students in the county.
Have you read your county schools curriculum? If so, which parts do you like and which parts do you dislike?
The two major improvements areas are ensuring K to 5 grades are on reading and math levels. There are discipline code of conduct issues throughout the school system. Charles County has more special education in high schools than in the elementary or middle school. This reversed percentage reflects the fact that current high schools lacked the skills in K to 5 grades and we pushed through without have the knowledge needed and now we have to re-educate using special education services in high school and many college students have to take re-medial courses in their first year of college.
What is your position on school spending?
I will “Fight for Funds and Properly Allocate Funds” by practicing fiscal responsibility. Charles County teachers are lowest paid within the four surrounding counties. The funds need to be positioned to address educational concerns more in K to 5 grades and more IAs with teachers that have students with IEPs.
Please identify the three areas which you believe should be prioritized when it comes to school funding
School Maintenance, Teacher Pay, Vocational Skills
What is your position on teacher tenure?
Most professions have some form of tenure. The key in any professional organization is semi annual and annual assessments. This allows for feedback and ensure employees are aligned with the organization’s improvement areas and any change in Vision. Any value added employee has to adjust to the organization as the organization grows in a positive manner. Employees that are inflexible and lose their value added skills require feedback using documentation to change their behavior just as we do to young disruptive students with principle/teacher notes. This allows the organization and employees to be value added to their customers which is the tax paying citizens.
What is your position on standardized testing?
Per the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we should break down the 22 hours to four (4) hours per quarter and test the basic grade level skills that our teachers have taught in that quarter and make the test 10% of the grade. The remaining 2 hours involve a 1 hour pre test at the start of the year and 1 hour post test at the end of the year. This 1 hour test is best used in only two focused areas of Math and Reading (Elementary) and then Math/Science (Middle School) and Math/English (High School)
What is your position on classroom size?
25 to 1 student teacher ratio and NOT in a portable trailer. Classroom environment has to be Positive and Safe. Trailers have poor HVAC and are unsafe in an active shooter situation.
Do you believe the Board of Education should have taxation authority?
Board of Education should have Vision, Policy, HRO oversight and Budget request approval only.