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BESE Interviews

Candidates for BESE – Full Interviews

Shelley McFarland

Michael Melerine

John Milkovich

Cody Whitacker

Cassie Williams

Candidate Response by Question

1. In your own terms, how would you define the role of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education?  What are the responsibilities as a Member?
Shelly McFarland | Michael Melerine | John Milkovich | Cody Whitacker | Cassie Williams
2. What three priorities will you have as a BESE member and how will you work collaboratively with other Board members to integrate these priorities into the work of the Board?
Shelly McFarland | Michael Melerine | John Milkovich | Cody Whitacker | Cassie Williams
3. Which current Louisiana K-12 education programs or initiatives do you believe are working and producing results? Which programs or initiatives need to be updated or changed?
Shelly McFarland | Michael Melerine | John Milkovich | Cody Whitacker | Cassie Williams
4. While each BESE Member represents a specific district, many of the challenges facing education are state-wide problems.  How do you see balancing your responsibility to your specific district and to the state as a whole?
Shelly McFarland | Michael Melerine | John Milkovich | Cody Whitacker | Cassie Williams
5. The current COVID pandemic has required that significant changes to the way in which instruction has been delivered around the state. Are there any COVID related changes that you believe are effective and should be continued, are there other changes which you believe should not?
Shelly McFarland | Michael Melerine | John Milkovich | Cody Whitacker | Cassie Williams
6. The current COVID pandemic has highlighted both the impact that technology can have in student learning, as well as the access disparities that can inhibit student achievement. What role, if any, do you believe BESE has in helping to address statewide access to broadband for students and teachers?
Shelly McFarland | Michael Melerine | John Milkovich | Cody Whitacker | Cassie Williams
7. What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Louisiana’s K-12 system and how do you believe BESE should address it?
Shelly McFarland | Michael Melerine | John Milkovich | Cody Whitacker | Cassie Williams
8. This will be your final question and will include your final remarks. Is there anything you would like to address that we have not yet covered?
Shelly McFarland | Michael Melerine | John Milkovich | Cody Whitacker | Cassie Williams

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