Election 2016: Osseo School District 279 School Board Candidate Pachia Vue
Oct 27, 2016 10:23PM
● By Wendy Erlien
Osseo School District 279 candidates were asked several questions via email by Maple Grove Voice. Below are the responses from Pachia Vue.
Q: What is your professional/personal background as it relates to the Osseo School District/School Board?
A: My name is Pachia Vue and I’m running for Osseo School Board. I am not a professional public speaker, I do not hold a high ranking job, nor do I have a degree in advanced education. I am simply a concerned parent with four children; two whom attend Osseo Area Schools.
Q: Why are you running for office?
A: I bring to the table honest, genuine, and unbiased perspectives. I was recently involved in a School Board Forum held at Maple Grove Middle School, but feel that that forum did not accurately represent who I am and why I’m running. I’m not a fan of being put in the spotlight and answering questions instantaneously and in one minute or less because I am a thinker. I like to be thorough, think things through, answer appropriately and accurately represent who I am and why I’m running for School Board.
Q: How do you feel you can make
an impact by serving on the Osseo School District School Board?
A: I believe school board demographics should reflect the community it serves in order to understand the needs of those students and families. I am a product of Osseo Area Schools because I attended schools in District 279 all throughout my childhood. I believe my experience as a student of Osseo Area Schools and a concerned parent of children in the district will bring priceless perspectives for the School Board.
Q: What do you feel is the biggest challenge facing the school district?
A: I believe the biggest challenge for District 279 is currently facing is the achievement gap. Similar to the saying, “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer”, the high achievers continue to thrive and achieve while the struggling continue to struggle. I have four children whose learning ability is all over the academic spectrum. One is in high performance classes, one struggles a little bit, another struggles more than others, and one that just doesn’t care at all! Regardless of their strengths and abilities, I believe everyone deserves relevant programs and resources that will meet their specific needs in order to be successful. I believe that if we bring in more staff of color to reflect the student demographics, staff can better identify the true needs and struggles each student by building trust and inspiration and then develop a plan or strategies to help the student succeed. Equally, we should be investing and competing to keep the current educators/staff that possess the love and passion for our children’s education and wellbeing. We need to supply these staff and educators the appropriate tools to further develop their skills as necessary to meet the emotional and academic needs of the changing population.
Q: What would you like voters/community members to know about you?
A: In the fall of 1990, I started first grade in District 279. I was only one of three minority students in my class; two Hmong girls and one African American girl. Likewise, the staff was predominantly Caucasian therefore we didn’t have a Hmong interpreter. I was the Hmong interpreter for my parents but that never bothered me; my goal was to be as proficient in the English language as my peers. My teachers, staff, and classmates contributed to my emotional and academic growth in ways my family couldn’t. They inspired me to be who I am today and think the way that I do. I want to take this opportunity to give back to my schools and community. I want you to know that although the color of my hair and skin may be different from yours, my heart isn’t. I am advocating for every students’ success. At the end of the day, we all have the same concerns and pursuit of betterment. I want to “inspire and prepare all students with the confidence, courage and competence to achieve their dreams; contribute to community; and engage in a lifetime of learning”.