Letter: Acebo will be tireless advocate for our schools and kids

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This November, for the first time in its history, Asheville City Schools board members will be elected by district residents. It’s a pivotal time for our district, having faced a tumultuous period of constant superintendent turnover, budgetary problems, debilitating maintenance costs and decreasing enrollment. To be frank: It’s do-or-die time for our district, and it’s time to turn the ship around. Nobody is better poised to take on the role of an ACS board member at this time than Pepi Acebo.

Those familiar with Pepi will recognize him for his almost religious attendance of Asheville City Schools board meetings, having attended nearly every meeting and work session for the past eight years while also serving as an elected PTO officer for the past seven years. Nobody in the city of Asheville has followed the trials and tribulations of Asheville City Schools as closely as Pepi. Not by a long shot. He is an encyclopedia of the history of the board and the district. He has borne witness to dozens of key decisions — good, bad and ugly — tirelessly advocating for our teachers and students at each turn. Pepi has been a strong voice for special-needs students, for closing the achievement gap, raising teacher pay and expanding enrollment to balance the budget.

Righting the ship at Asheville City Schools — a district once revered as a model district across the state — will require board members with strong backbones willing to work overtime to do the necessary strategic and budgetary planning to turn things around. It’s a staggering task that demands a clear track record of fighting for our schools. Nobody has the track record that Pepi Acebo has when it comes to advocating for teachers and students, good governance of our schools and transparency along the way.

There is no clearer choice for a board member who will champion the students and teachers of our district, rebuild trust with our community and keep our schools open. If you want to ensure a bright and promising future for Asheville City Schools, vote for Pepi Acebo for Asheville City Board of Education.

— Brooke Heaton
ACS parent

Editor’s note: Heaton reports volunteering for the candidate’s campaign.


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2 thoughts on “Letter: Acebo will be tireless advocate for our schools and kids

  1. anonymous

    Showing up at board meetings is not enough. Our students deserve school board members who have a proven track record of being able to work with others to make positive change for our students and teachers. Individual players sowing discontent on the issue du jour is not what ACS needs. Mansplaining from the spectator seats while never actually playing the game in any capacity is narcissistic at best, destructive for our public schools at worst.

  2. anonymous

    ACS deserves leaders who cares about all kids and employees and not someone who will push their own agenda. Mr. Acebo has made it clear that he will target employees and principals who didn’t share his views on the closing of APS. That mindset contributes to a toxic, fear-based culture that many employees experience daily. He touts an inclusive agenda, but make no mistake, he is only inclusive when it fits his narrative.
    It is time for a fresh start and Pepi Acebo is not the person to usher in the change we need.

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