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I met Matthew while I was working, he is a real stand up guy with strong values. I do think he is the person to change the culture of schools and help students succeed. He really is worried about the one and will help everyone. I believe he can do a great job helping students discover what they want to do and how to achieve their goals! There needs to be more adults like Matthew who are willing to focus on the kids and support them!

Thank you Truman! It was truly inspiring to meet both you and Josh. You both understand the value in building off of who you are towards your future. Young people like you ARE our future! Every child has a special gift, talent, and competency to express to the world, and a dream to pursue which will bring meaning to their life and value to others in our community! @matthew4schools

Meeting Mathew was unexpected, but very much a blessing. Being a high-school And middle school wrestling coach who is working towards a teaching degree, it was inspiring to hear someone so passionate about students of all ages. Talking with him gave me more hope about the future of our educational system. He should be a major part of the future culture of our schools!

Josh, I really can’t tell you how proud I am of young men like you! Your commitment and desire to build up others around you shows your strength and character. WOW, how contagious that is! You will do great things for many students that will look up to you and learn from you and remember the substance you taught for a lifetime. Go big my friend, you and your colleague Truman!

I never answer my door. But one Saturday day, for some reason, I did and met Matthew. I do not like politics or politicians; not sure if school board people fit in with that group but I know they do have to fight them. I like how Matthew thinks. He has forward-thinking ideas and gives me the feeling that he will fight for those ideas. America’s school system is in big trouble. When the “so-called” bleeding hearts of this country took away the power from adults to provide discipline and structure, they essentially gave the power to the children and have created a nightmare. Adults are afraid to take control for fear of judicial punishment. Children should not be running the show! Children need guidance, discipline, nurturing and encouragement even if they don’t think they do. Parents put down your cell phones and interact with your kids. Show them you care or move over and deal with the consequences of angry, uneducated, disrespectful and unmotivated children who will one day be in control of the country we live in. We need real education, not just testing but life skills as well as the basic reading, writing, arithmetic and science. Give the teachers the power to “teach” from their hearts–not based on what Washington DC dictates. We must teach the young people the meaning of respect, self-respect, humility and dignity to help them become good and productive citizens who can get this country back on track. We need to help them figure out who their best selves are so they can be successful in their lives and be able to help others achieve the same thing.

Karen thank you, I believe many people in the community agree with your sentiment. Without well-rounded, well academically educated and emotionally mature students with service oriented attitude of character, our children and their futures face a deficit and the community faces a hardship. Our children deserve a great and complete education, one that includes compassion and real life skills infused with real self effacing value and meaning transcending the school walls into our community with a spirit of love, honor and respect for a fellow man regardless of diversity. We can do this by untying the hands of our teachers and providing programs to teach the student about themselves, their future and their character. Together we prepare kids for life! Purpose + belief = future

I met Matthew today and what a blessing I tell you. We spoke on a lot of things this morning about the truth, responsibilities, faith, understanding others, respect and so much more…. but when we talked about what he wanted to do for the kids in the community, it touched my heart so I’m here to say keep on doing the good and may God be with you every step of the way brother.

Clifton, you likewise encouraged my heart today! With all the troubles in the world and the spinning void of hate, fear, and selfishness that only wishes, like a vacumm, to devour us all, and deceive each one (as we discussed)to confuse and drive us all apart, it was great to talk to you and I’m proud to know you are my brother of hope. True unity is of one spirit, transcending one heart to the next and much deeper than ethnicity or skin color! Some people as we discussed just don’t understand until they open up and experience this for themselves. There is but one ally of hope, driven by love, understanding, honor and respect and we are not fighting a battle defined by an organ that protects our hearts from microbes, but one of heart! May God also be with you, Clifton, you are an example of a good, strong, inspirational person and our community is blessed to have your wisdom and encouragement always available at the needed time! Thank you for being you.

I’ve never done this before so here goes…
I am and have ALWAYS been that person who REFUSES to do ANYTHING political on the phone. My views and opinions are MINE!
THAT ALL CHANGED one Friday evening and I actually KNEW there was a reason I answered that call! MATTHEW was on the other end and he’s really only the first school board candidate that has ever called! The SOUND of his compassion for WHY he’s running hit me! Now I have MAJOR problems with the waste of our county’s administration! See I have inside knowledge as I worked there for a hot second many years ago!
Now that said I have lived in Reno for 35 years and have NO kids! I would NEVER wish someone out of a job but enough already! I sit and listen every year how in need of funds this district is and think that it could sound like I have a grudge or whatever but I truly am a person who would rather be sent home than to get paid for doing nothing! I’m GRATEFUL I left!
Now my conversation with Matthew actually gave me hope for the FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS that someone else cares about the waste going on BUT also genuinely seems to understand that the so called “book” that everyone is supposed to fit into really doesn’t include EVERYONE! The little people AND the big people are ALL different and NEED to be taught that it’s ok! TOLERANCE SHOULD BE A REQUIREMENT! As should SPORTSMANSHIP RESPECT AND THE ART OF WINNING AND LOSING GRACEFULLY! I’m going to be telling everyone I know to vote for MATTHEW for district E because he did something during our conversation that impressed me and im very hard to impress! I asked some very off the cuff questions and he NEVER hesitated to answer them! Good luck MATTHEW and I will be voting for you! I look forward to meeting you!

Lori, I am grateful you answered and gave me the chance to talk to you! I enjoyed our conversation and appreciate your passion and concern for proper resource stewardship, doing the right thing and how we BOTH agree that everyone is equal and should be treated with dignity and respect. This is the time no person should be treated better or worse than the other and everyone given a chance to succeed while showcasing their gifts and talents to their enjoyment and service to others, not just for their own good. Thank you for being an honest person, that is called CHARACTER and this alone, is how ANYONE should be judged. No one should think too highly or lowly of themselves or treat others more highly or lowly than they ought, otherwise they abuse themselves or others. Thank you for taking allowance in any deficiencies you observed while doing what was right and I am sorry that you weren’t treated as you deserved. There are many outside of the margin, but we don’t have to marginalize or compartmentalize, when we can celebrate each persons unique gifts and talents and the diversity of each while we watch people thrive in their lives. Greatness, excellence and the extraordinary can not be measured or contained in a box. We may win and we may loose, but we will know the difference and will always learn from our experience! Thank you Lori for being a quality person with a back-bone. I am happy to know I get your support!

My daughter and I met Matthew a few weeks back while he was putting up signs. After taking with him for a long time and hearing his heart to change the health of Washoe County School District I was more than happy to have him place two signs in my yard. A few weeks ago we had an experience with a young girl who has come to stay with us due to her family situation. We have been doing all distance learning with her and have found that the Washoe County School District has not only given these young people a poor distant learning program, it has also left them vulnerable to the many dangers of the internet. We have discovered that there are no parental controls to keep your children from straying on the internet. This young lady was able to set up Gmail accounts from other devices and access those from her school computer, which allowed her to have conversation with anyone. We tried to add software to the computer to block out sites that would allow her to have these conversation and other things with anyone on the internet through YouTube and other social pages. However the way that this computer is set up it does not allow for that. We have found things that were quite disturbing and are now waiting for the Reno Police Department take the computer to investigate conversation she was having. I reached out to Matthew who recommended I place a comment here so that we can as a caring community can put an end to this. I have found during this journey with long distance learning that the school is very unaware of what is going on and that their only explanation as we haven’t had time to figure this out. There is a petition currently running that was started by a group of high school kids to change the current long distance learning. I truly believe that she is not the only young person who has faced this dilemma. We are allowing our children to be vulnerable to the dangers of the internet. Thank you Matthew for caring about our young people’s future.

Debbie- First off, thank you for speaking out, because together as a community we can make a difference. Secondly, I am sorry to you and for the sake of the child. The importance of safety and security for schools was mentioned in Tuesday’s board meeting and is the 5th Board Goal for WCSD according to the District website. I am equally concerned over students having full internet access and some having had viewed inappropriate content on assigned distance learning devices as well as possibly endangering themselves while reaching out to unknown persons. There is great danger in a home where a single parent or both parents work and the child is left to themselves unsupervised while learning. We should have more overall awareness as parents and community over the cyber bullying and cyber emotional harm outside of schools or District devices. Cyber crimes are rampant and safeguard standards are as necessary to implement “off” WCSD networks as they are implemented “on campus” school networks. There are various ways of providing the security policies that keep our devices safe and this is a discussion to have with District IT professionals after resources are procured for this purpose. This should have been part of the distance learning package and taken seriously. Student safety is important on-campus, off-campus and in cyberspace. Our children should not be left to any potential bad influence or led astray by inappropriate content or vulnerable to being compromised while communicating with strangers. The distance learning program is a handful and was essentially rolled out just days before school. There was a lack of information for distance educators prior to launch. Though curriculum was a bit more challenging this time around parents say students were not well trained on the platforms and struggled to understand basic functionality eg. “Teams” “drop box” and are at a deficit as this caused a slow start and as a result many students started out by falling behind. Hands-on training and practice of the platforms pre-launch phase was not available without the special guidance from one teacher x multiple students as the educator became teachers/IT consultant professionals (more burden). Students are now starting to understand how to use all platforms, but the security of District devices assigned to students is questionable as security safeguards including content control off District network apart from learning platforms was not implemented. The Internet was wide open for students and I would have asked IT their take and supported their effort. Not an expert myself, but I also would have suggested stringent firewall settings to all District devices on all networks. If we compare our students, families and educators to customers; what was provided to them by the WCSD merchant was lacking out of the gate. I have heard from students and parents regarding ease of use of the new platform and communication method should have been thought out more for learning the tools before using them. I wasn’t too happy about how quickly NorthStar regarded by technologists as a better educational platform was not as widely available to all students as Edgenuity. NorthStar must have had such a limited enrollment capacity which was not explained early (unless I missed something)as the application deadline closed July 31st. Once again, the educators made the difference and are the hero’s. To be fair we were all blindsided by this and the board made the tough decisions, but part of governance is also taking account of all issues with oversight and a listening ear. I can say reaching out when you need help builds trust while asking how we can help educators, parents and students builds the bridge of trust and is most responsive. I am thankful to the educators and professional staff for their ingenuity, grit and faithfulness. I know this has been very difficult for WCSD and the community, but we can learn from this and do better. One idea my wife and I spoke about was to use our local larger style venues that have been closed down for months like the Livestock events center, Reno events center, The convention center etc. to be used for students with less labs and more general ed. This would break up the numbers of students in the schools and use lecture style learning in large venues to spread students out and minimize the hybrid approach. Large WiFi antenna would be installed in these venues for not so distance – distance learning. It is intuitive to consult with technologists first to ensure platforms are effectively useable, up to the task, understandable and ready for launch for all ages. Overall, the win here is parents still had the ultimate choice to choose in-person or distance depending on each unique situation and circumstance. I can’t be so sure it worked out so well for educators where standards weren’t met both (more specifically) in-person learning and remote before we went back to school. I just spoke to WEA and WESP today during an interview and let them know we fail teachers when we don’t reciprocate safe dialogue or listen to concerns or create standards together; if there is no overarching National standard or precedence we together, as a community can do what’s best for educators, students and the community through collaboration. Through it all, we still need to, as I know you agree, hold our young people accountable. Debbie, I am very honored to place signs in your yard, thank you! We believe in purpose and in our future.

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