From Atticus LeBlanc >>
Throughout this campaign, I’m grateful to have been able to have engaged with concerned citizens throughout DeKalb. And I have heard the same concerns about our school system repeated in every corner of the county.
Citizens and teachers feel that the expression of their opinions and efforts are often in vain, and they are left to wonder what their options are, and where their tax dollars are going. I am running for school board to bring an open ear, a strong voice, and a dedication to rebuilding the trust of parents, teachers, and children throughout DeKalb County.
I decided to run for this office because I knew that our county, and school system, was at a pivotal point in its history, and that this election would likely shape the course of education for our children, for better or for worse, for the next 10 – 20 years. I wanted to make sure that when I look back at this time in my life, I will know that I did everything I could to improve our community, and put our children’s needs first. This is the primary reason I decided, upon entering the race, to donate to charity any and all salary that would be paid to me if I won this election.
Annexations, new city school districts, charter clusters and schools, a new school superintendent. These are just a few of the major issues that will face the next board, and in these issues I have seen two likely paths forward.
One path is the continuation of the status quo: where large and small decisions are made behind closed doors, before citizens are engaged in the process, and where North DeKalb and South DeKalb are engaged in constant struggle too often defined by racial or socioeconomic factors.
The other path is a new path, an opportunity to demonstrate that ALL citizens in DeKalb deserve the right:
To trust that their elected officials have placed the public interest above their self-interest.
To have their concerns heard…and addressed.
To see how and where their tax dollars are being spent.
To observe real improvement in their schools and communities.
To know that our children will inherit a better DeKalb than the one we have today.
To believe that our county can embrace its diversity and move forward together as One DeKalb.
I want to see our county and our school system take the new path, and I hope you will help me take us there.
DeKalb needs a change.
Please vote July 22, and contact me to volunteer for the campaign. We need your help.