I am blessed to
live in Dade County and in my childhood home on Sand Mountain with my husband
and four children. One of our biggest reasons for living in Dade County, being
closer to family being the number one reason of course, was the opportunity to
have our children grow up in the community and school system I have always
loved and been so proud of.
I continue to
be proud of Dade County and its schools and have had the pleasure of working
and meeting several wonderful, caring teachers and staff members. I would like
to be a part of helping this school system as it continues to be a great system
where children can grow and learn and become contributing members of our
community. That is why I, Summer Lawson Kelley, have decided to run as a
Republican for the District 2 seat on the Dade County Board of Education.
parents who were educators in Dade County, I have not only seen the school
system as a student, but also through the eyes of teachers and staff and understand
many of the challenges they are facing. I have four children in the school
system – one in high school, one at the middle school and two in elementary
school – and have served as a secretary for PTO at Davis and know the problems
and issues that parents and students face as well.
participate in chorus, band, soccer, 4-H, FBLA, Student Council and HOSA so I
recognize the importance of extracurricular activities. I have two children who
receive services through the special education program and I am familiar with
special education issues and needs. I have one child who will be graduating
next year and I understand the necessity of adequately preparing students for
college, vocational school or a career.
As a journalist
with the Dade County Sentinel and now The Mountain Valley Independent, I have
attended nearly every school board meeting since April of 2006, minus a year as
I entered new employment, and I have had the opportunity to observe how the
board interacts with the public and to personally speak with many people about
their concerns regarding Dade County’s schools.
I would like to
see a more open school board with easy access for the public to receive and
share information – a more transparent Board of Education. I would like to see
more discussion and interaction between members of the school board and the
community. I would like to see more input and involvement in the school system
by the community. These first three things could be accomplished fairly easily
and are the natural course that the school system should be taking as it moves
toward becoming a public Charter School system.
I would also
like to see problem areas regarding dangers and problems from outside school
buildings but also from within the walls and other students addressed
effectively and efficiently with priority given those areas of greatest risk. I
would like to see all playgrounds in the system be handicap accessible and
friendly. I would like to see a College and Career Academy created through the
collaboration of the school system, board of education, local business and
industry and local colleges and technical schools.
Please help me
make these goals a reality for our school system. I am asking for your support
and your vote in the General Primary. You can contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or like the Vote Summer Lawson Kelley site on
Facebook for any questions, thoughts or concerns.