I believe in careful analysis, collecting input and data, seeking creative solutions to our problems. I will keep the focus on our children while dealing with limited resources. As a Board Member I will look for efficiency and savings in our current Board policies and practices.
Coming to Fremont in 1974 , I spent 34 years as a Teaching Scientist at Mission San Jose High School. Advanced scientific training resulted in high quality instruction in Biology, Chemistry and Bio Tech. As the faculty adviser to the Academic Challenge Club student teams were consistent winners of the regional competitions and placed consistently in the top five at the National level.
Since retirement I have been actively involved in son's school and community.
2018 Goden Oak Award by PTA
2017 Community Hero Award by Assemblyman Kansen Chu
2016 Certificate of Recognition by PTA
2014 Honorary Service Award by PTA
My name is Norman Howell. I’m a candidate for the Fremont Unified School Board. I have spent 34 years as an integral part of the Fremont educational system: teaching advanced placement biology, leading academic clubs to multiple national awards, and accepting several leadership positions in the California Teachers Association. I have experience leading complex organizations and serving within the community. I currently volunteer as a school crossing guard at FUSD schools and have served on past and present School Site Councils. My recent honors include the Community Hero Award from Assemblyman Kansen Chu, the 2018 Golden Oak Award and the Honorary Service Award from Gomes’ PTA.
My analytical background, broad perspective, and creative thinking will lead to forward-looking, measurable goals to improve the quality of education in Fremont. It is time to recognize and tackle the persistent problems of teacher shortages, increasing enrollment, and inadequate facilities.
Teacher Shortages. Considering the cost of living locally, many teachers are choosing to leave the district for jobs in other cities. FUSD cannot afford to lose qualified educators. Increasing compensation is essential for competing with nearby districts and industries for talented teachers.
School Culture. As school populations become larger they begin to lose their sense of community and students are more likely to become victims of harassment, bullying, or physical harm. We can work to make students safer through anti-bullying campaigns, inclusive communities on campus, and prevention programs.
Inadequate facilities. Despite the 2014 bond approval for building and updating structures, progress has been slow. As enrollment increases, it will become more important to set goals, communicate needs, and implement plans to build facilities that promote learning.
I look forward to solving the challenges facing our district and using creative solutions to increase taxpayer value for money spent. I pledge to be an open board member and to make myself available to local groups to gather input. I do not accept money from special interest groups. With your support we can move education forward in Fremont. I ask for one of your two votes for School Board on November 6.
As a lifelong Democrat, I look forward to the changes in our society and work to make those changes in our government that complement that progress. We need to keep up with those changes by adapting to current technologies and understanding of who we are as a people and our role in the environment. Education is the foundation on which everything we experience in our daily lives is built. Education is an investment in our future, not a cost. It is the underpinnings of our businesses, social structures, and national defense. As a people, we do not invest enough in education to maintain a strong, vibrant economy, adequate social services, and national defense. From the very beginning of our country, we are a melting pot of peoples from all over the world. That is truer today than at any time in our history being more inclusive than ever. The inscription on the Statue of Liberty says in part:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
We are a nation that tears down walls, not builds them. We provide an opportunity for all who seek a better life for not just themselves but their children. We seem to have forgotten the poor beginnings our ancestors brought with them and turned hard work and love of freedom into the greatest nation on earth so far. We stand on the backs of those who came before us to give us a life others seek for themselves. We welcome with open arms those who still seek a better life for their children. We need to look forward to the future with dreams, hope, and that “can do” attitude to be even greater. The best is yet to come. Let’s reach to the future that holds promise for all and each does their best to be all they can be. We need to dream and dream big for if you can dream it, you can make it a reality.
To: All PE Instructors October 24, 2018
From: Norman Howell Candidate for School Board
Re: Education facilities including classrooms without walls
Much has been said about school facilities. The emphasis as you have noted is about classrooms. However, PE is often overlooked and not given the consideration it needs because you largely have an outdoor classroom without walls. Our high schools are now large enough that even the gymnasium is not adequate for physical education instruction. Adding more land to school sites is not a readily available option but being sure that existing PE facilities are updated and modernized is just as important as a four-wall classroom. In the ever-increasing pressure being placed on students, physical education becomes ever more important in the total education of a student. It is my position that a lack of physical activity contributes to a student’s stress level. It is well known that physical activity is important to good mental health. For these reasons, I advocate for reinstituting four years of PE to help combat stress and obesity.
The district is attempting to upgrade classroom facilities, upgrading PE facilities is important. Times have changed and the need for an all-weather track is now a necessity. Also maintaining the grass fields is more than just mowing. Hopefully, gophers, ground squirrels, and moles have been cleaned out but I fear not at some schools. Repaired and updated watering systems are essential to a good grass field for teaching a variety of sports activities. Fertilizing and aerating for healthy grass helps provide a safe, smooth surface for teaching. It appears that only TAK receives such care (artificial turf) and more needs to be done. Beyond the facilities, I am concerned that adequate funds are available for the equipment needed to teach the variety of sports activities you instruct. I need to hear more from you on this topic.
Beyond the fields and track, I am concerned that there is enough floor space for instruction indoors. The Gyms were originally built for basketball and volleyball. With larger student populations the need for more indoor facilities is becoming more apparent. There are more than 1 Billion dollars of identified needs for facilities upgrades and improvements. You need to be sure your needs are included in that figure and if I am on the Board make me aware so I can advocate for your needs. That is the way needs are identified and you need to speak up as you have done to me. My ear is ready to listen and understand your needs. I hope that if we make sure PE facilities are adequate then the after-school programs will have their needs met. If that is not true then talk to me.
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No room in local schools for increased student population. Difficult to build fast enough to keep up with the demand. Not enough capital building money to keep up.
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