Andrea CampbellTipton School Board - Jefferson Township
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Years as Tipton County Resident?
I attended TCSC K-12 and graduated in 2005.
In 2008, I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Purdue University.
- Member of the Tipton County Young Farmers for several years.
- Currently serve as a Boys & Girls Club Auxiliary Member.
- I am on the Grant Making Committee for the Tipton County Foundation.
- Attended a two-and-a-half-day Ball State Indiana Communities Institute Leadership course. The goal of this course was to learn and implement ways we can improve Tipton in terms of schools, destination status, housing, attractions and overall curb appeal. The county must keep families here and draw new families to the area in order to survive.
- Being a coach for middle school cross country for several seasons meant I was also the “leader” of the team. A coach is also a motivator, friend, mentor and organizer. I tried to create a fun, yet disciplined environment, while also pushing the athletes to become the best runners they could be.
1. What is your number one reason for wanting to serve on the school board?
My 4 main reasons are my 4 sons; Charlie (3rd grade), Dawson (1st grade), Dailey (4) and Foster (3 months). I want to be part of the decisions being made for my children’s education, who will be attending TCSC for the next 18 years.
2. What role does policy play/have in the function of the board?
Indiana School Boards establish policies and regulations by which their local schools are governed, and these policies must comply with state and federal laws. I have read the TCSC School Board Policies and Guidelines and intend on respecting and following them when making decisions the board is faced with. I also will be educated and informed regarding policies and laws.
3. What do you think is the biggest issue facing your district?
Enrollment/Perception. Negative perceptions play a role in decreasing enrollment. I recently overheard some parents expressing generalized negative connotations about the school system with no facts to support the comments. This behavior concerned me. If parents don’t believe Tipton is a great place for their children to get an education, then we have an identity problem that will ultimately lead to decreased enrollment. I want parents to be confident that their children are receiving the best educational experience possible. If the parents do not believe that and will not be advocates in helping to bring other families here, who is going to?
4. If you were elected what one thing would you like to accomplish during your term?
The mental wellness of students is an important issue for me. A recent U.S. Surgeon General report indicated that 1 in 5 children and adolescents will face a significant mental health condition during their school years. Students today are faced with many stressors inside and outside of school and it is extremely important that TCSC is equipped with the proper resources to offer students. I believe Tipton has taken an important step in utilizing Four County Counseling as a resource for our kids, but additionally we could possibly have an in-house program to reach many more. If students are struggling with mental health issues, their academic performance will be affected. I would like to tap into every available resource in order to support them.
5. What legislative action at the state level would you support to improve education in our community.
One of the bills I support is the Senate Enrolled Act 325-Student Mental Health. This bill allows matching grants made under the Indiana Secured School Fund to be used for additional purposes, such as a Mental Health Coordinator. Comprehensive school counseling ensures that all students receive support and guidance throughout their formative years so that every child is given the opportunity to become a productive member of a community.