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Jinx F. Baskerville

District 3 Candidate: Jinx F. Baskerville

Candidate Questions and Answers

Affiliations

Do you currently hold another public office?

No

Do you have any affiliations with the Albuquerque Public Schools?

Yes, retired principal

Availability

Are you available to attend board meetings on the first and third Wednesday nights of the month at 5:00 p.m. and special board meetings at additional times?

Yes

Additionally, there are five board committees that mostly meet once a month at 7:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., or 5:00 p.m. Are you available to attend all committee meetings? Board committees are committees of the whole, which means that all board members attend all committee meetings.

Yes

Periodically, the board must meet during daytime hours for board meetings, budget hearings, and luncheons. Are you available during daytime hours for these activities?

Yes

In addition to regularly scheduled meetings, the board minimally requires approximately 20-25 hours a week in reading, researching, miscellaneous meetings, school visits, telephone calls, and e-mail correspondence; many board members spend much more time than that. Can your schedule accommodate the extra time involved in serving as a member of the Board of Education?

Yes


Experience

Answers should be brief and concise.

Why do you want to be a board member for Albuquerque Public Schools?

I have spent my career within APS as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal. I have had opportunities to work and learn firsthand about school budgets, curriculum, SAPR, Summative Reports, 90 Day Plans, CSI Grants, Teacher Evaluations, MOU’s etc.  My 25 years within APS at various levels will be an asset as a board member.  I bring knowledge and experience at running a school for pregnant and parenting youth within the Schools of Choice cluster, as well as overseeing curriculum in a comprehensive school setting.  All the experience and knowledge I have will be an asset as a board member.  I will be able to draw on my experience within APS when it comes to making decisions for the district.

What is your interest in education?

I come from a family of educators.  It was instilled upon me early in life the value of education and how it can open doors.  Throughout my career in APS, I have instilled that same message onto my students no matter what capacity I have been in as a teacher or principal.  I spent most of my career within the Schools of Choice cluster where most of my students were first time graduates.  During my years at New Futures, we collaborated with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) so that by the time our students graduated they already were enrolled with a schedule to start CNM.  It was important to assist the students every step of the way toward postsecondary education.  All the students needed to know was they could continue with their education because we were their support system.  Seeing the students walk across the stage to get their high school diplomas knowing the difficult journey they had, made it that much sweeter and emphasized for me the importance of education on a different level.

In what ways will you support the mission and vision of the district?

Working collaboratively and agreeing to agree to disagree at times is the only way to move forward.  Mutual respect is key.  Bringing in the voice of the community into the decision-making process is important because all of us bring a different lens to the table.  This allows for a rich and well-rounded approach to the end goal which is students success.  As a board member I want to make sound decisions collaboratively based on data and experience so that together we graduate students ready to fully engage in and contribute to society.

How will you work with the superintendent?

I will work collaboratively with the superintendent.  I want to come from a place of support and respect but feel comfortable to disagree and guide policy decisions in ways that are transformative.  

What is your past and current involvement with Albuquerque Public Schools?

I have spent 25 years within APS as an educator and administrator.  I have experienced working in the comprehensive schools as well as the Schools of Choice schools.  I have many friends who are teachers and administrators still working in APS and I continue to be an advocate for students even though I am retired.  I have been a parent of 4 children who have gone through APS.  Three graduated, and one obtained her GED.  

What should be the relationship between the superintendent and Board of Education?

It should be one of respect and collaboration.  We have all worked hard to be in the positions we are in, and our vision is and always should be for the best interest of the students.  It’s important to listen, pause, and reflect.  It’s important to agree to disagree at times and be able to continue moving forward respectfully with one another.  

What qualities and skills would you bring to the Board of Education?

Knowledge and experience working in APS for 25 years in many capacities; teacher, assistant principal, and principal.  I have a lens into what it is like to be a teacher and an administrator in a comprehensive setting as well as in an alternative setting working with pregnant and parenting youth.  I think having that kind of background as a board member is priceless.  Also, my background as a special education teacher working with students with disabilities and IEP’s is valuable.  I have attended many trainings around school budget, 90 Day Plans, SAPR, data summative school plans, etc.  My knowledge of all will put me in a great position when I need to decide with other members of the board and the superintendent.

What school or community volunteer activities have you participated in related to the community?

When I was the principal at New Futures, I developed relationships with many nonprofit organizations including Young Women United, Pegasus Legal Services, El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, the NM Dream Team, Cornelio Candelaria Organic Garden, Women’s Global Pathways, La Plazita Institute, and many other organizations that promote community health who would participate in regular health fairs at the school.  El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos and the NM Dream Team conducted workshops on the rights of students and families who are undocumented.  Project Feed the Hood and Cornelio Candelaria Organics were the inspiration for our school garden. I volunteered as a tutor for refugee families for Women’s Global Pathways.  La Plazita Institute was our primary partner organization in a community schools project I organized at Albuquerque High School designed to reconnect with students who had been suspended or expelled.  I also hosted Families United for Education (FUE) meetings at New Futures.  FUE organizes and advocates for educational equity in our school district and has over 40 supporting organizations.  Finally, I collaborated with a faith-based organization to successfully distribute food that was left over from school lunches to students at New Futures who were still hungry and wanted seconds.  Roadrunner Food Bank has also been a valued partner in addressing food insecurity my students were faced with regularly.

How do you plan to work with constituents?

I would like to hold regular meetings within the community so people get use to the consistency of the meetings and where they will be held.  I want to invite all community, including businesses and non-profits to come and collaborate, share ideas and concerns, and bring them forward to represent their voices on the board.  I plan on going into schools, attending activities, and talking with students.  I will do the same with nonprofit organizations.  I want to roll up my sleeves and get my hands dirty- so whatever that looks like working with constituents that is what I will do.

What do you see as opportunities and challenges to the district?

We all can grow and learn from one another.  Nobody knows everything!  If we keep an open mind and listen to suggestions and ideas from all our constituents we can move forward in a healthy way and graduate healthy, educated students.  We model what we want to become.  We can be great.  Working together, focusing on data and science, and looking at mistakes and not repeating them will help us move forward.  There is disharmony in the world today and it has impacted the schools.  Times are difficult with COVID, racial divide, mask wearing, etc.  We need to come together during these difficult times and heal through mental support, help one another by wearing masks in the schools, and really looking at making schools socially and emotionally safe and equitable for all.

What do you think is the best way for the district to accomplish the district’s goals?

  • Albuquerque Public Schools will provide equitable access and opportunity in a safe and supportive environment that addresses the individual needs of students.  Making sure we have enough counselors and mental health workers to assist with students during this difficult time in the world and within the schools.  Students can’t learn if they don’t feel mentally strong.  We must look at providing opportunities for staff, administration, students, and families to go through anti- racism training and allow teachers who are trained to teach ethnic studies, Chicano and Chicana Studies, Asian American Studies Native American Studies, or African American Studies, and make sure that they have the support to do so.  Our students need to see themselves in the curriculum and the teachers who teach them.  It’s important for all students to have the tools they need to thrive in schools no matter what school they attend.  All schools should be welcoming and look at the whole student when he/she walks through the door.  Our district resources need to go where the need is greatest.
  • Albuquerque Public Schools will align the work of schools and departments and create a system of high-quality accountability for instruction, social, emotional and physical health and safety.  Alignment of schools and departments is very important.  If a student goes to one school and then transfer to another it should be effortless.  Credits should transfer, the classes offered, and the quality of instruction should be equitable no matter what school the student attends.  The departments within City Center should align efficiently with one another with a system of collaboration and knowledge of what each department is involved in that relates to another department.
  • Albuquerque Public Schools will create a clear direction for efficient and effective operations to better serve students and improve staff morale.  I know firsthand what it is like to be a teacher and administrator and the challenges that entails. I could lend great insight and would like to collaborate with the superintendent and board members on a more structured and efficient alignment of district resources that is communicated and understood by all stakeholders.
  • Albuquerque Public Schools will improve all modes of communications to better inform and engage the Albuquerque community invested in public education.  I would like to see more information come out in different languages and have interpreters at meetings so parents can be able to engage and collaborate with APS more equitably.  I have spent a lot of time in the community, and I know that this is an issue that is brought up a lot.  I would like to see APS engage with community by meeting community members where they are most comfortable, which is where they live, work and connect with one another.

If elected, how will you work with the current board?

I will work collaboratively with the other board members and listen and learn from the expertise of the members who are currently on the board.  I want to work together for the best interest of APS and the students who we serve.

 

School Board Candidate Questionnaire for District 3 from The Paper

Q&A  APS Board District 3 - Jinx Baskerville from the Albuquerque Journal