Robert Reichardt: Candidate for Littleton Public Schools Board of Education

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City or town of residence: Littleton

Occupation: Education researcher

Contact information: robert@robertrforeducation.com, www.robertrforeducation.com

Why are you seeking this office?

Serving on the school board is how I use my 20 years of experience working as an education researcher to support my community. I have made positive contributions over the past four years and grown as a board member. I hope to continue contributing for the next four years.

What makes you the best person for the job?

My four years of board experience taught me a lot about the district and role of a board member. I bring 20 years of experience studying what works in education and have two children currently in LPS. Prior my board service, I volunteered in the district for seven years.

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

Improvement of student safety and security has been a constant focus of the board over the past four years. We have increased our investments in security technology, in our award-winning security team, and enhanced our partnerships with the cities of Centennial and Littleton to support the police officers in our secondary schools and patrols of our elementary schools. Possible future areas of work are new technologies identify students and staff as well as control school access and/or clear backpacks to reduce opportunities to hide weapons.

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

Children’s mental health needs are an on-going challenge for our community and nation. The National Academy recently released the Vibrant and Healthy Kids report that describes the heighted risk for mental health problems in high-achieving schools. Over the past four years we have changed start times to improve student well-being, implemented innovative programs to help students access mental health services, and school-based programs to help students connect with each other and adults. The work continues. LPS has invited an outside researcher learn more about student suicide and the Board is developing a process learn more about school engagement challenges.

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

This next year is very important to our bond work. For the first time in decades, LPS is replacing our school infrastructure and adding our first Innovation Center. We will work with the community to identifying Innovation Center programing and how use this opportunity to best meet the communities needs.

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