If you live in the School District #6 (see map) or even if you know someone who does, please make a note that this coming TUESDAY (Aug. 21) is a very big day. It is the date of the RUNOFF election between two candidates for the Board of Education.
The District 6 school board race is down to Melvin Johnson and Denise McGill. Read about the District 6 race results from the primary in July here.
And, in a way, it is a runoff between keeping the education system the same, or being tired of repeating past mistakes and having the courage to embrace change. If you are having trouble deciding what would be better for you... then think about the children. Who will be the best candidate to speak for them?
From Stone Mountain to Redan, and from the new Idlewood area to Stephenson, here are a few reasons WHY this RUNOFF ELECTION is even MORE IMPORTANT than the last one:
1. THIS election on Tuesday is all about YOU... YOUR AREA. Your friends, neighbors, children, parents - everyone you know who lives near you or has children at your neighborhood school is counting on you to get this vote right!
2. The value of YOUR home can rise and fall as a result of the decisions made by the Board of Education.
From the electronic appraiser:
"Some of the other pieces of data that are likely to be examined by the Stone Mountain appraisal may include items such as appearance of a property, the neighborhood, the location and quality of schools and shopping in the areas surrounding the property in question."
So, if you get the wrong person and your local school starts to slide in terms of performance or even gets closed because the board member does not really care, your property value can be harmed.
3. Schools may soon be closed if we continue down this path. A cell tower in your neighborhood would drastically reduce your property value. A failing or abandoned school would do the same. We compiled a lot of information to prove this point in an earlier article, found here. But, what about a shuttered and boarded up school with a cell tower? The harm something like that would bring to a community has not even been factored.
4. Current decisions made by the BOE have simply wasted our money. Tom Bowen, current District 6 Representative and Vice Chair has had a lot of controvesy during his tenure, but most recently his ties to former Superintendent Crawford Lewis may have been what drove him to drop out of a re-election campaign. Often seen as a central figure in preserving the "jobs network," Bowen's absense will be felt the least if Johnson replaces him. McGill, however, would throw a whole new dynamic into the mix.
5. The children of DeKalb have been dropping out or failing at an alarming rate. The schools are in disarray and teachers are being forced out. Our school system has even been ranked as low as the worst performing district in the entire U.S. and we are frequently the largest district at the bottom of the list in graduation rates and test scores in Georgia.
STONE MOUNTAIN - REDAN - STEPHENSON - PRINCETON - IDLEWOOD ...
ISN'T IT TIME FOR A CHANGE?
Denise McGill - a refreshing change, an involved parent, an honest business background, accessible, accountable. This is the candidate who has the qualities most people want to see on that school board, representing them proudly! She comes from a family that values a good, honest education and she can plainly see, just like you and I can, what needs to be fixed.
Her opponent - three decades in the school system with ties to the folks who have nearly caused it to completely collapse.
Two Minutes on Tuesday
That's all it will take. Two minutes on Tuesday to vote in the runoff and help the children in your area. Even if you did not vote last time, your vote can still be counted and your voice be heard on Tuesday, Aug. 21. Go to your regular polling location. It's open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Just remember to bring a valid Driver's License or ID.
Plan to go first thing in the morning as you never know what might pop up during the day ... traffic, meetings, phone calls, you know the drill.
Then, you can sit back and listen for the results later that evening. Hopefully you will hear good news and you will know you made the effort that made the difference!
It's time to right this sinking ship! In a runoff election, voter turnout is typcially low, so now is a chance when you really can make your vote count! When no one shows up, everyone loses.
So, stick up for yourself and your community! Get out and vote!
"The day we see the truth and cease to speak
is the day we begin to die." --- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.