I am Ella Smith and I am announcing I am running for district 4 School Board Member position in DeKalb County. I am a concerned educator who has been advocating for educational accountability and reform in the DeKalb School System for over 15 years. I resigned as a teacher in the DeKalb County School System to enable me to advocate for changes in the DeKalb County School System.
I care about every student, parent, teacher, administrator and school employee in the school system currently. Many of them have not been given the respect needed in the representation of their past school board members. All the community members need to work together to improve the educational outcome of our students in DeKalb while reducing the overhead at the county office level.
To make a different we need to be coming up with ideas outside the box, in order to meet the needs of our diverse population of students with different academic needs.
I have been the Vice President of High School Soccer Boosters, Vice President and Secretary in local homeowners/condo associations in the Tucker area, and been an after school tutor, soccer, gymnastic, swimming and Competitive Cheer Coach while teaching in the public schools. I see a great benefit in keeping our students involved in after-school activities but academics have always come first with me.
I am a concerned taxpayer and a proud parent and grandparent whose family have always attended public school and received a great education. I have been a public school teacher and advocate for individuals who are disabled for over 34 years.
I believe there is a demonstrated need for new leadership on the Board of Education (BOE), due to the recent ethical crisis and all the recent educational needs that are not been meet due to the financial crisis of the DeKalb County School System. DeKalb County?s taxpayer resources deserve to be safeguarded and used with the highest level of integrity.
Education of our DeKalb County student is a public investment and the elected school board members must hold the superintendent accountable for results. The elective school board members need to be present at all school board meetings unless there is a family emergency. This has been an issue I have observed that has help convince me to run for the district 4 school board position.
The school board members need to be accountable, accessible, transparent, prepared, efficiency and effectively represent all the taxpayers in DeKalb County.
As an educator I understand the educational challenges in our schools have changed dramatically over the last ten years. As a board member, I intend to make sure the superintendent puts in places means to meet the needs of the teachers in the classroom so the teaching environment is appropriate for learning. Such things as discipline need to be improved in the schools across the county so learning can occur. This means great administrators need to be in place across the county to assure discipline plans are in place that meet the needs of today?s learner.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me at 404-550-5931 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please vote on May 20th.
Ella Smith, ED.S.