The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election. Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board. While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, Hunter Van Valkenburgh is the focus of today's report.
Hunter Van Valkenburgh sympathizes with Whitmore Lake students that are suffering because of local and state funding decisions that strain the district's budget. But he's calling for voters that agree that annexation isn't in Ann Arbor's best interest to select school board candidates, like him, that oppose the plan.
His interest in running for the board started with the increase in standardized testing while Pat Green was Superintendent. "Some students spend 12 hours a year sitting in front of a computer taking this test when they could be in the classroom learning something. And it's also costing the district at least $70,000 which could pay for almost a couple of teachers," Van Valkenburgh says.
Van Valkenburgh also thinks the district will regret the decision to privatize custodial work.
He says his experience as an attorney and former high school teacher will be useful for the board.