We Live in a world where achievement gaps and lack of access to resources such as technology often cause our young people to be mired untenable circumstances that can lead to unconscionable instances of failure and discontent. In this ever changing world, we can no longer afford to be “adequate” in any capacity. This is why we must do what is necessary to stop curriculum differentiation within the DeKalb County School System.
The time has come for new leadership within the DeKalb County School Board of Education. We must move towards leadership that is transformative and effective for our community of young scholars. The U.S. constitution does not ensure a quality education for our nation’s youth. Therefore it is incumbent upon not only society but communities much like my own in Region 6 to provide our young people with the tools to compete educationally in an ever changing world. I am no stranger to leadership or challenges. With Twenty six (26) years of corporate training, Fifteen (15) years in PTSA (11 in an officer capacity), and Ten (10) years as a Girl Scout Leader, I have had multiple opportunities in leadership roles. It is my goal to become a leader to help facilitate this change as a Board of Education Representative for District 6.
It is time for DCSS to step its game by offering High quality curriculums to every school and student within DeKalb County. The DeKalb County School System must change its direction and focus; its emphasis should be on the QUALITY of the individuals in our schools vs. individuals who are QUALIFIED. We need individuals who are committed and who want to be a part of making a change in the communities and schools that they serve. Technology upgrades are essential tools and resources that must be made available to our educators and students. Every classroom should be outfitted with Promethean Boards, state of the art computers with software, and support to ensure that the equipment is WORKING and accessible daily. These tools alone will add efficiencies( cutting costs on copying lesson plans, paper, maintenance on copy machines, etc…), and afford our educators the opportunity to use their planning time effectively as well helping to support the increased classroom sizes in a more effective manner.
DCSS need to look towards ways for further inclusion not further exclusion as recently
demonstrated with the passing of the 2013 budget. DeKalb County has a large international population whose students must be served! This cannot be ignored. We also have students with special needs that require equal and fair opportunities based on their needs and limitations. All taxpaying citizens deserve equal opportunities for their students. The burden of a failing system should not impede on the need to provide all students an equal opportunity to succeed. We must not allow digression by allowing the segregating of groups or restricting of opportunities (by removing resources for our stakeholders /promoting language barriers due to our inadequacies.)
The DeKalb County School System needs to work equally on its public image and working to regain the trust of its citizens. It is imperative that DCSS does its due diligence in bringing pride, trust, and integrity back into this county. It will not be easy, and it will not be done overnight. It will require hard work, honesty, and open communication to its citizens. DCSS must engage its communities, listen and respect what the community is saying-, and inform its Communities of their intent. An informed and involved citizen is a good ally, something that this school system lacks and is in desperate need of.
The Board must also engage community members; and follow the same guidelines as DCSS. The Board of Education in turn will need to work as a unified entity to ensure that policy and procedure are fair and equitable across the county. To do so will mean that evaluation and hard choices will need to be made. It only takes FIVE (5) votes to determine the direction that the county will take. This is possible, but to do so, change must be a welcoming factor for the districts that currently are in the 2012 election process.
Most importantly, the BOE is elected by the people, and in representing the people should be aware and on top of things as they happen. On July 31, 2012, the citizens (voters) of this county need to ask themselves a very tough question…..”Do you want someone fresh, bright & coalescing- or are you satisfied with the same status quo?”… At the end of the day the VOTER has the final say and their choices will either continue to support this madness, or afford opportunities for “new leadership” to try to move us in the right direction. This vote is an important one, and should not be taken lightly. At the end of the day, we all should want a common goal, high quality educational opportunity and accessibility in DeKalb County for EVERY CHILD. The hand of DeKalb County Schools lies in the hands of the voter and their choice on July 31, 2012.
Denise E. McGill
THE PEOPLE FOR DENISE MCGILL
DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 6
Contact: 678 927-0889
PO BOX 662 REDAN, GA 30074