Christopher W. Lorash

Thursday, April 21, 2022
Christopher W. Lorash

Christopher W. Lorash

Name: Christopher W. Lorash

Profession: I work for Altana Federal Credit Union as a Real Estate Lender.

Why are you running for the Laurel School Board?

I have always felt that education was the key to a successful life, and more importantly, develops a love for learning that empowers us to achieve our goals. More than that, I believe education doesn’t just mean traditional primary, secondary and post-secondary paths. Education can be career training, vocational pursuits, artistic expression and so on. I hope to help the school district with meeting our students where they are, finding out what motivates them, and encourages them along their learning path. We have a chance to really move education forward in Laurel, and I want to be a part of that.

What would you like voters to know about you?

My family and I love to travel. We are always looking for opportunities to be somewhere together. Our favorite places to visit are museums and other historical sites, and to learn more about the world around us … along with the regular trip to Disneyland.

What strengths will you bring to the board?

I love strategic thinking and planning. One of my strong suits professionally is looking at ways to improve processes and outcomes. I take a pragmatic approach to decision making. I need to research and understand a topic by reading, speaking with stakeholders, or physically visiting locations, in order to make a decision. I’m vocal about the need to include all involved parties in the decision in a transparent way.

What are the biggest challenges facing the Laurel School District?

The district now faces the need to work on their strategic plan and vision. The vision should extend beyond any individual board at any given time. It should not be lost as staff and board members change. The strategic plan needs to address the long-term growth and educational planning of the district. This will require significant effort and will require the involvement of the whole community. The board will need to take an active grass-roots approach to find out what the community feels is needed. The administration will need to be transparent about the challenges, and the public will need to be educated on why decisions are being made. This includes Facilities, Career Technical Education, an increase in S.T.E.A.M., and a renewed emphasis on Pre K – 4th grade.

What are the greatest strengths of the Laurel School District?

By far, the schools greatest strength is the team of dedicated educators who truly care about the students. By and large they work tirelessly (especially the last two years) to make sure that students educational needs are met. They play a key role in the success of our district. Their input will be invaluable to the board and administration as we move forward. I envision a time when Laurel Schools are the envy of neighboring communities and state-wide. Our educators will lead us there when given the right tools and empowerment in the classroom.

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