Non-partisan candidate for Lexington County School Board District 1.
Occupation: Administrative Services Specialist, Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorney's
Education: Attended Curtis High School and Augusta State University, 11 years experience in private sector and 22 years experience in federal government.
Experience in Political or Related Positions:
I do not have a political position but I have been assisting increase awareness of children with disabilities and their educational needs.
I was the President for the ARC (Advocacy for the Rights of Citizens) of South Carolina, this is a state chapter of the National ARC from 2010-2012. The ARC is a non-profit 501c3 that advocates and provides service coordination on behalf of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities for all ages (from birth to death). I am currently a board member and active participant in events hosted by the ARC as well as advocate on behalf of children and parents in securing appropriate related services for children to receive an appropriate public education by working collaboratively with teachers and school administrators. I am a non-paid/non-attorney parent/child advocate.
Why should voters choose you in this election?
I am seeking election to the Lexington One School Board because I want to represent parents and taxpayers as well as serve the community. As a school board representative, I will work to increase transparency, accountability, and provide more resources to the classrooms - without increasing taxes.
As a parent, you want to know that your child is SAFE and will be EDUCATED. I hear way to often about children that have spent 15-16 years in school, achieved all the required credits for graduation, but DID NOT pass the HSAP test. These students are devastated and demoralized because they have studied hard (most cases extremely hard) and put forth so much effort to obtain a high school diploma in order to go on to higher education only to be issued a mere "Certificate of Completion." This certificate is worthless and after taxpayers have spent approximately $250,000 educating these children, that constitutes educational neglect. We are failing to complete our mission when these students do not receive a state issued high school diploma. When this happens, we have failed to do our jobs. WE MUST DO BETTER.
As a taxpayer and parent, you want to KNOW that your hard earned money is spent wisely and the leadership is conscious of the expenditures. I will demand increased transparency and more communication in order for you to KNOW that your money is spent effectively and efficiently.
I will work to ensure that teachers have the necessary resources in order to effectively teach our children and grandchildren. Since Lexington School District One has reached a 50 percent poverty level (students eligible for Medicaid and free and reduced lunches), this alone changes our educational landscape.
I want to thank every teacher, staff, bus driver, janitor, and administrator that has dedicated their life to the well being of our children in this communities and states future – LETS INVEST WISELY IN THIS ENDEAVOR.
I would like to ask for your support on November 6 and IF YOU WANT CHANGE THEN VOTE FOR ME. Remember Education Makes Options and Janet Demands Results.