Letter writer: Committed community leaders needed for Asheville City Schools

What could be more important than nurturing the next generation?

Public education is an essential part of our democracy, and a local board of education has one of the most important responsibilities — helping steer the educational journeys of the students in our community. Our Board of Education’s decisions affect the lives of students, parents, staff, and ultimately, the economic well-being of the community.

The Asheville City Board of Education serves as a five-member governing body of the Asheville City Schools. Two of these seats are being vacated this year by Chair Jacquelyn Hallum and member Precious Grant, who have completed two four-year terms. The Asheville City Council is responsible for appointing new board members.

Could you have what it takes to serve our community and our students? The Asheville City Schools Foundation recently surveyed education stakeholders and community leaders on key personal and professional qualities that a school board member in Asheville should possess. Based on this feedback, an ideal school board member would be someone who is:
– committed to equity among Asheville’s diverse population
– knowledgeable about or experienced in public schools and education-related issues
– an experienced community leader
– an articulate communicator who will be transparent with student families and school staff.

Serving on a school board is challenging. The issues board members face are complex and weighty. School board members give many hours of service to the community and must face tough decisions. Yet, as Chair Hallum said, “It has been life changing.” If you feel strongly about the success of Asheville City Schools and think you are right for the job, please apply before the Feb. 24 deadline. You can visit acsf.org for an application and more information.

— Julie Porter-Shirley
Advocacy Program Coordinator
Asheville City Schools Foundation
Asheville

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