At the end of Arabia Mountain’s School Board Forum last night (July 19), the candidates were given about 2 minutes to tell the audience why they should vote for them. These are one of our regular contributor’s notes on what the candidates had to say about themselves.
Speaks – experience counts – if you want to continue the north/south or black/white battle then I am not the candidate for you. If you want a partnership to improve all schools, vote for me.
Johnson – experience counts. I know all the roles. I am a long time former employee of the school system. You have to know the roles – save the teachers, conflict management.
Rivers-Cannon – out of the box thinker, makes choices, I have walked in these shoes, make the change, blast off the change with Cannon.
McGill – endorsed by eduKalb and the Black Women’s Attorneys association. Inspire real change. Every child has potential to become that gifted student. You have a choice. You have to choose to make a change. Please vote for Denise McGill in District 6.
Walker – parent accountable. Preserve magnets. Look out of the box. If they can write RFPs for major cell phone towers with T-mobile, then they need to focus that kind of energy on forming good business partnerships with our local businesses right here at home and stop all that other stuff. I advocate for the rights of children in DeKalb. Take my ethics. Latasha Walker.
McMahan – thank you. Assumptions of attrition to balance budget. Need a sound budget so best case scenario we’re great but worst case is that we’re still friends. Can replicate what we have done in our community and take that system wide. Early intervention. Community support. I am out of time.
Womack – 15.5 years on this board. One crisis after another – moved education forward. You can believe that or not if you want to, but that’s what I’m telling you. This is a two year term – that’s the only reason I even offered. Tax digest will continue down so if you thought this year was bad, next year will be worse. Students are bedrock of our future.
Gilbert – you are a nice guy Womack, but… isn’t it time we get this crisis under control? I mean, really. I knew Womack in high school and he started out as a low achiever and then worked hard to be a high achiever and he was in that Bully Group. He was in a lot of groups and did real well for himself, but those times are past. This is now and we need to start giving a quality education for all our kids. It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Tom Gilbert/Home Depot. Vote July 31.
Kinney – Tuesday we shared a stage with waana-be’s. Wanna-be CEO, Wanna-be commissioner but when it was over, what did they do – they LEFT! We didn’t do that. We want to be accessible. So, I hope you all stay around after and talk to us. I for one will be here until the last person leaves. You have, what? 2000 students in school here? What, more like 1300? Okay, Okay. But, I took a count and there is only about 200 or 250 in the audience. That’s good for you because that shows you are involved and your kids will be alright. But, it’s the other 1000 or more we need to be worried about, isn’t it? I hope everyone shows up to vote July 31. I hope you vote for me, but if not, that’s okay, I might not be in your district. The important thing is that this type of thing, this election is too important to not vote… you have to vote.
McChesney – every board member has only one vote. So some of you can sit up here and sing Kumbaya and whatnot, but you still only have one vote on the board. So, big ideas are fine, but I hope you don’t seriously believe you will accomplish all that. I understand the schools from the inside. I know how kids learn. I was a teacher. A myopic view fails the children. Mr. Womack is correct when he said that we have raised achievement. He is right. We raised 125 categories on the CRCT.
Orson – this is about social justice. I’m a businessman. I’ve been in charge of large sums. I understand teachers, but I don’t think being a teacher makes you cut out for this job. I have the Educalb endorsement and that is really saying something. They look at all the candidates and they know who is the right one. My Mom was a teacher. Sure, teachers are one part of the equation, but so are parents. Parents are involved and I think I’m the only one sitting up here for this job that even has a child in the system (objections from other end of table, Walker, McGill, Rivers-Cannon, but he restates that he meant in District 2, not all districts).