Jane Goodwin is running for Sarasota County School Board, District 5. District 5 covers the Venice, Englewood, and North Port areas of Sarasota County. Goodwin lives in Venice, Florida.
Background – Goodwin’s background is in business. She worked for IBM for about 20 years as a marketing rep. Goodwin is originally from Georgia, but spent numerous years in New England, and moved to this area in the late 1990’s to take care of a parent. Goodwin has been involved in the community and with educational issues for many years due to her volunteer experience with YMCA Community Relations, Homebuilders Association, and working on several school referendums. Goodwin has a daughter who has two children in the school system in Sarasota. Goodwin has a B.A. in business administration/business education from University of Georgia.
Running for Office – Goodwin is running for School Board because she has a passion for education and is knowledgeable about community and school board issues. She is endorsed by the Sarasota Association of Realtors, Venice Area Board of Realtors, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, and several others. Please visit her campaign website for endorsement information.
Plans – Goodwin is pro technical education and pro fiscal responsibility. Goodwin indicates that she is an excellent communicator and can express issues, needs, and goals for all to understand. Goodwin would like to see that all kids get the education they deserve, such as focusing on technical education when a student is not aiming toward college education at the time. Goodwin expresses a need for tracking students to see what their needs are and providing that type of educational goal, especially in making kids employable. Goodwin likes the idea of expanding SCTI and advocates South County getting a similar type school.
Issues – Goodwin realizes that the budget is an issue to address. Goodwin indicates that a majority of the budget has gone to operating costs such as salaries and benefits. Goodwin says there has been cuts and hiring freezes. Goodwin indicates that certain mandates, such as class size, may stress the school budgets and will have to be addressed. Goodwin believes at this time there is no need for school buildings and that possibly some of the capital budget could be used for other projects.
Experience – With her work on certain school referendums Goodwin has a good grasp on what issues need to be addressed. Goodwin would generally like to see more parent involvement in advocating for their children’s needs. Goodwin has worked with kids in her involvement with mentoring foster kids. As for scholastic achievement for students in the County, Goodwin indicates that textbooks seem to be on par with the national level. However, Goodwin realizes that education is not a one size fits all concept. Goodwin would like to see “active gains to reach each child.”
Teacher Salaries – Goodwin states that the general starting salary for teachers in this area is around $38,000. Goodwin does think that salaries need to be increased to a national pay level. Goodwin indicates that teaching is a hard profession that requires competent and educated professionals. Goodwin believes that merit pay and tenures will most likely be decided on a State level. Goodwin states that 63% of Sarasota teachers have Masters degrees. Goodwin indicates that Principals generally make the decisions regarding teachers performance.
Standardized Tests – Goodwin would like to eliminate the FCAT. Goodwin believes in having standards, but standards that measure actual skills, not just test taking ability.
Additional Concepts in Education – Goodwin is a proponent of getting music and art back in the learning arena as it generates creative and critical thinking.