Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board
I originally ran for election to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education in 2014 because I saw serving on the Board as a way to directly effect and improve our local schools. As a longtime advocate for children, I believe the opportunity to get a good education is important for every child, and my goal as a member of the Board of Education is to make that possible.
Because of my past experience on the Kernersville Board of Aldermen, including two terms serving as Mayor Pro Tem, the Board unanimously elected me as the new board chair in our first meeting. It has been my privilege to serve in that role for the past term, and to work with the other Board members to make our schools the best they can be.
I feel we have accomplished a lot in the last four years, and here are some of the things I’m proudest to have been a part of:
Worked to put together a $350 million bond that will touch each school in Forsyth County.
Worked with Dr. Emory and staff to support “low performing schools.” Last year showed strong success as 11 schools came off the low performing list.
Worked to increase the local teacher supplement. My goal now is to bring WSFCS local teacher supplement to the top in the state, because this will help retain and attract the best and brightest teachers here in Forsyth County.
Balanced the operating budget the last three years with smarter spending and no cuts, and without using savings. This year Dr. Emory and staff, under the direction of the Board of Education, brought spending in under budget. This allowed the Board of Education to purchase 25 new activity buses and start a refresh cycle for the transportation department. This will drastically lower maintenance costs.
Increased the number of Pre-K classrooms with the help of Project Impact, a community initiative supported by local businesses, individuals, and local and national foundations, including The Winston-Salem Foundation.
Supported the recalibration of our evaluation system with increased expectations of Principals and Central Office Leaders for better student outcomes.
Supported the creation of Instructional Superintendents, allowing for greater monitoring, support and accountability in schools.
Supported and encouraged the expansion of middle school sports for the entire county.