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Douglas Manley

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  • Douglas Manley

  • About Douglas

  • New Castle
  • Christina School District
  • District C
  • I'm Douglas Danger Manley (yes, Danger is my middle name 😉), and I'm running for the Christina School Board. I've lived in Christina School District for my entire adult life, and I've currently settled into Cotswold Hills, where I plan to say for a long, long time.

    I have a history of community service. I was on the civic association board at Green Valley while I lived there, and I was also on the Cotswold Hills HOA board for a term or two when I moved there. I’ve been a firefighter with Mill Creek Fire Company for 10 years, on the board there for 3 years, and I’m currently serving as president, where I help to ensure that we provide the excellent life-saving and property-preservation services that our community deserves.

    Other than community service, my background is in software engineering. I think logically and holistically, focusing on systems design and the complicated interworkings of numerous subsystems. Whether it's an all-hands-on-deck software emergency on a production system or a two-alarm fire in the middle of the night, I'm calm under pressure and work well with a diverse group of individuals to accomplish a goal.

  • Candidate Questions

  • Equity is fairness, and I would contrast it with “equality” in that while equality means that everyone is given the same resources, equity recognizes that those resources will produce a range of outcomes depending on the starting place of those involved and requires adjustments to help balance the field.

  • As a board, we can set policies in such a way as to require equitable distribution. This obviously would require a conscious effort on our part to overcome any unconscious biases, but that’s part of our job on the board. We, on the board, must monitor and assess the success of any of our efforts, holding the district staff accountable for proper implementation and revising our policies to ensure that they are meeting our goals.

    The first step is recognizing that there’s a need for equity in the first place.

  • The school board does not micromanage the school system, so the best and most direct path that we have to accomplish this is to work closely with (and hold accountable) our one employee: the superintendent. The other lever that we have is our power to drive policy and with it, the direction of the school district.

  • I would use a student-first, common-sense approach: the school district exists to ensure that its students are properly educated and set up for success in the outside world. Obviously student safety comes first, but the aim of school is to provide a safe learning environment and education to the students. Punishment for disciplinary measures must be kept on the side of maintaining that safe learning environment lest the student be punished out of her education. Once discipline comes at the cost of education, then we have essentially set the student up for failure, which isn’t good for her, her classmates, or anyone else.

  • Yes.

  • Yes.

    The point of school is to provide a safe learning environment for students so that they can be educated and come out successful in the world after graduation. Gender and sexual orientation are none of anyone’s business and have nothing to do with education; the same goes for the others (immigration and other statuses, various abilities and disabilities, etc.).

    People should mind their own business.

  • Yes.

  • The school board does not micromanage the school system, so the best and most direct path that we have to accomplish this is to work closely with (and hold accountable) our one employee: the superintendent. The other lever that we have is our power to drive policy and with it, the direction of the school district.

    Of course, I would also listen to the concerns of the district (in this instance, about bullying) because we can’t help fix what we don’t know about.

  • Yes, and yes.

  • While I don’t have the teacher demographics in front of me, I will say that a diversity of people, opinions, and viewpoints is generally a good thing. The more diverse the system, the more robust it tends to be, and having a robust education system, able to adapt to a changing world, would be a benefit to the district.

  • The school district didn’t put the lead in the water, and it’s not like we can craft policies to make it go away. The school board can, however, try to use its funds and powers to ensure regular testing, but testing also won’t make the problem go away. Lead in the water indicates an infrastructural problem, not just with the schools but with the surrounding areas. If there’s lead in the water in a school, there’s a good chance that there’s lead in the water in the nearby neighborhoods.

    Major infrastructure issues, such as antiquated buildings and plumbing systems, ultimately point back to the state and county for proper funding and resources. The board can, and should, do the same thing that I would urge every member of the district to do: put pressure on your legislators to truly solve these problems and not kick the can down the road for the next legislative session.

    Now that we know that there’s a problem, we can work together to try to fix it, but this kind of problem will need the state and county to lead the charge.

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