Since joining the board, Trustee Lightfoot has been recognized as a voice of reason. She has front line experience:
Trustee Lightfoot has a special affinity for enlisting dissenting perspectives. She works hard to hear the community, readily accepting cell phone calls, responding to countless e-mails and meeting with any constituent that makes a request.
Trustee Lightfoot supports:
• GIVE BACK MILEAGE CONTROL
• LIFTING OUR VOICES
• THE RIGHT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
• CONSOLIDATION VS. PRIVITIZATION
Trustee Lightfoot has worked hard with her board colleagues to usher in changes such as (but not limited to):
• DIRECT LEGISLATIVE ENGAGEMENT
• ACHIEVEMENT GAP PLAN
• COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Trustee Lightfoot has maintained and independent voice while working as a team.
Trustee Lightfoot stands by her convictions, votes her values and listens to her constituents. While every vote is important, two recent high profile votes captured community attention.
Automatic 8th Grade Algebra Enrollment
Just a few months after taking office, Trustee Lightfoot took the lead in having the district respond to parents requests for a two-part town hall meeting to review and discuss student achievement and MEAP scores. Over 100 members of the community participated and the idea of automatically having all 8th graders enrolled in Algebra was born. That concept has now been implemented in the district for the 2011-2012.
Trustee Lightfoot has been a leading voice around achievement. She has worked tirelessly to convince her colleagues that the district deserves a comprehensive achievement gap plan that includes goals, time lines, and accountability measures. This past June the administration publicly communicated their intentions to craft an achievement gap plan that includes the input of parents, students, staff and the new Superintendent.
Early on in the 2011 budget process Trustee Lightfoot expressed concern around proposed cuts to transportation services, the necessary time required for responsible planning and the despaired impact such a change would have on families. She voted against such efforts citing a need for more administrative research, details and time to communicate to parents.
Trustee Lightfoot responded to public outcry by lobbying her colleagues for a special meeting and met with the director of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) in an effort to explore possibilities for partnerships and assistance with district transportation challenges. Ultimately, key common sense modifications that improved safety, increased pick up points and allayed some parental concerns were made.
Trustee Lightfoot responded to district employees request to meet regarding privatization. She listened to their concerns around having to potentially remove their children from the district, pension loss, increased costs to health care with greatly reduced benefits. Trustee Lightfoot did the research and was most helpful in urging her colleagues not to privatize the maintenance and custodial staff of the AAPS.
When the Board moved forward to merge transportation with the Intermediate School District, Trustee Lightfoot insisted that fair wages and adequate health care at a reasonable rate be included in the WISD contract. Lightfoot also advocated that the administration secure assurance from WISD that AAPS district drivers would be hired.