Sue Novasel: Incumbent wants to see more parent participation
Spending the last four years on the school board just makes Sue Novasel want to stay longer.
After moving to South Lake Tahoe in 1978, both her children Kylie, now 21, and Molly, 19, have been through the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. Her husband, Bob, has worked in the area for more than 35 years.
Novasel’s experience extends beyond the past four years on the board. She is a board member for the Boys & Girls Club, a volunteer for Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, and a governing board member for the Central Sierra Regional Occupational Program.
Her previous experience includes the duties of president and treasurer of the PTA at South Tahoe Middle School and president and secretary of the PTA at Meyers Elementary School.
Novasel said she wants three concepts emphasized in the schools: relevance, rigor and retention. If students can see the relevance of what they are learning, are challenged in their studies and retain the knowledge they’ve gained, then they are on the right track, she said.
More parents need to be involved in the district, as does the community, she said. Involvement is a challenge for the many families in which both parents work, she said.
Novasel said she wants to have resources for parents, such as a hotline, so they can get the support they need, too.
If this happens, joint-use projects could take place more often. The track is an example of what came happen when the community, district and county come together, Novasel said.
The district’s budget is starting to stabilize since enrollment has leveled off this year, she said. Now certain programs the community wants in the schools might start becoming a reality, Novasel said.
“You have to have that ear to the community,” Novasel said.
One example of these programs is providing more vocational education at the high school level so students can find a trade or area of interest for them to make a living, she said.
The students’ future is the most important element, Novasel said.