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I have served as a committed advocate within our schools for the past 17 years; working to improve student achievement and rallying parents to get engaged in education.  My professional and civic work has always focused on the needs of children and families in this community.  I am the former Executive Director of two local non-profit agencies, Right Moves For Youth, a drop-out prevention program and the Johnston YMCA.  Both are United Way agencies that I lead for nearly a decade.  My background in non-profit management and my community advocacy give me a unique perspective on the issues facing our children, our schools and our community.  As an At-Large member of the School board, I will offer innovative and viable solutions that are in the best interest of all children. 

My primary goals are:

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Provide each child with a quality education that prepares them to become productive citizens who graduate on time and are prepared to successfully pursue higher education or compete in the global marketplace.

EQUITY & ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

Ensure that every school within CMS is equipped to be a school of excellence and desirable to students and parents regardless of its location.

TALENT ACQUISITION, DEVELOPMENT & RETENTION

Focus on learning by ensuring that each classroom has a well trained, highly effective teacher and that every school has a team of prepared and engaged administrators (i.e. principal, assistant principal, counselors, etc.)

OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS

Require efficient, equitable and transparent budget decisions that meet the operating and capital needs of a large urban/suburban school district.

 

Professionally, I bring real world experience in the areas of drop-out prevention, on-time graduation and gang intervention three pressing issues within CMS.  I come to you with knowledge, expertise and passion.  I ask that you vote for great leadership on November 3, 2015 and cast your ballot for Ericka Ellis-Stewart.

 

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2011 Committee to Elect Ericka Ellis-Stewart