We'll post profiles of Northville's school board members one day at a time until the end of January. First up: Scott Craig.
Scott Craig – Trustee, Northville School BoardHow long have you been on the school board?
2+ years – I was elected in November 2011
What is your role?
I am the Board liaison to the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services – also the liaison to the parent Legislative Action Network (LAN).
Why did you join the school board?
Northville Schools represents the heart and soul of our community. People want to live here and real estate values are high, because we have excellent schools. In an era of privatization and defunding of public education, we need to be creative to maintain our excellence.
Could you tell us about your personal or professional background, relevant to this position?
I am a high school teacher at Seaholm High School, Birmingham. I’m also the President of the Northville Democratic Club. My wife, Annette Masson, is a University of Michigan Theater professor.
What about Northville Public Schools makes you proud?
Our teachers are some of the best in the state. They’ve sacrificed and helped the district thrive, while the state slashed our funding.
What are your goals for the district?
Three goals for the next couple years
A) Update curriculum and integrate technology to promote more critical thinking
B) Attract and retain the best possible teachers with fair compensation
C) Add teachers, in order to lower class size
Anything else you'd like to add?
We need to fundamentally change how our schools are funded. There can be no justification for the permanent inequity in per pupil funding. A student in Northville deserves the same funding as a student in Birmingham. Currently the Birmingham child receives 50% more funding.
Check back with Patch tomorrow for the next board member profile.