Serving on the Board of Trustees for the Rock Hill Schools for the last four years has been an honor. The schools are surrounded by a loving and supportive community, and as a board member I, too, have felt supported. The City of Rock Hill, the Rock Hill Schools Foundation, and many other generous individuals, churches, service organizations, and businesses in the area consistently help our schools and district by giving time, money, leadership, and encouragement.
Board members have devoted long hours to meeting together and listening to constituents, and our work is beginning to bear fruit. Board goals of Academic Progress, Training for the Future, and Communication are appearing in school and district improvement plans. We worked together to hire a superintendent who believes in our goals and who will give our students the education they need to succeed in the workforce or higher education. Transparency in district business affairs and governance is higher now than I have observed it to be at any time in the 18 years I have lived in Rock Hill. Efficiency and clarity of board governance and superintendent management is becoming a reality.
Work must continue to ensure that our schools are an reflection of the Rock Hill community. New initiatives, such as increased hiring for exceptional student education, iRock, Back the Pack, schools of choice, STEM schools, language immersion, energy management, and safety measures have been undertaken and must be implemented carefully to be successful. Programs must be prioritized, and funding must be allocated to those which produce results, as a matter of educational and fiscal responsibility, and for the sake of the employees. Board work now centered on policy must be continued, and employees must understand the importance that following policy plays in establishing community standards in the schools.
I have taken the trust of my constituents seriously. While you may have disagreed with some of my votes, I hope we have continued to communicate and work together to find a middle way to benefit the community and our students. I want to continue to find ways to work together, and so today I announce my intention to seek re-election to Seat Two on the Board of Trustees of the Rock Hill Schools. I hope the people of my district will support me with their votes in November so that I can continue the good work we have begun as we address current and future challenges.