THIRTY SIX (36) DAYS UNTIL ELECTION DAY!
I am a candidate for CMS Board of Education in District 5, to replace Eric Davis, who is not running again. Election Day, November 7, 2017 is fast approaching, and early voting begins downtown on October 19, 2017. I write to ask for your help in this election.
School Bonds on the November ballot continue to take up most of the time and attention. Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox is appearing several times per week all across the county promoting the bonds, and the Chamber of Commerce is pushing too. For the record, again, I strongly support the school bonds; I worked on the 2013 School Bond too. If we have concerns about competence or credibility of CMS Board and Staff in executing such construction plans, let us address those concerns head on, and not hold future students hostage for questionable decisions by adults in the past/present. Shout out to Waddell Language parents who are into the Bond/construction conversation up to their eyeballs as conversations by CMS to them over time have been…well, lacking. If we have a HIGHLY successful program do NOT tear it apart or weaken it in the name of progress.
On September 21, 2017, WCNC reported on a recent of assaults by students upon teachers and other students, including 300 assaults in the prior school year. http://www.wcnc.com/news/education/string-of-assaults-at-high-schools-spark-concern/477706330 Then on September 27, 2017, WBTV reported on a Harding High School student charged for bringing loaded gun on campus. http://www.wbtv.com/story/36465189/harding-high-school-student-charged-for-bringing-loaded-gun-on-campusThe issue of student and teacher safety is bedrock fundamental. If we are to attract and retain the best employees we must provide a physically safe environment. Already I have been criticized for bringing such issues up for discussion, but we MUST address these issues head on.
Work plows ahead on the details of the Dilworth/Sedgefield and Cotswold/Billingsville school pairings. We must applaud and reach out to help those parents right now working so hard to make these pairings a success. At the same time, it is fair to remain critical of why CMS did not have answers already to basic staffing questions like number of TD teachers. Having such questions unanswered reduces confidence and sends some parents packing; a completely unforced error. We deserve better; those parents in paired schools deserve better.
Last week was great occasion to speak to the Precinct 9 Democratic Leadership and impress them with my list of priorities, such as how it is difficult to proceed further or faster with 5 superintendents in past 6 years. Thank you Leigh Altman for the invitation!
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 5:00-6:30, Dogwood Southern Table, 4905 Ashley Park Lane (Behind Whole Foods in SouthPark).
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 7:30-9, Pizza Peel, on Colwick in Cotswold.
Friday, October 6, 2017, 4-6 p.m., McNair Law Firm, 101 S. Tryon, reception for Kenny Smith.
We continue the Friday Facebook Live events every Friday, noon to 12:15, with School News, policy positions, and answering questions.
We will be walking neighborhoods between now and election day so STAY TUNED! In this super-low turnout election this is how we reach people directly. Meet up on Saturday mornings at 4523 Park Road to deploy to strategic precincts/neighborhoods.
Our Election Day Sign-Up Genius is up and running. Please take a shift or two and invite friends. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084fa8ac3-election
Thank you for your support and endorsements!