Mt. Diablo school district parent Brian Lawrence has announced his intention to run for a seat on the school board in November.
Here is the message he has just sent out to the community (which I am reposting with his permission):
I wanted you to be the first to know that I’m running for the Mt. Diablo School Board in the November election. As the father of one current student and three future ones (we’ve done our part- student population growth will now have to come from other people), I’m passionate about making sure that we provide an outstanding education for our kids.
There are brilliant students, amazing teachers and dedicated staff in this district, but we face some challenging problems. The district continues to decline in enrollment- at one time it was above 50,000 students but now it is on pace to soon drop below 30,000 students. Two schools were closed last year and more school closures may follow. The dropout rate is 50% higher than in the rest of the county. Families are fleeing the district because they are concerned that it will not provide a quality education for their children. We can do better.
We have the opportunity to create a vibrant district that has people clamoring to get in. The Board needs to lay out a clear road map of how we get there. A comprehensive strategic plan involves all of the stakeholders in the district and guides every decision that the Board makes.
Here are my top priorities:
- Close the Achievement Gap. Too many students at too many of our schools are absolutely being left behind. Every student in the District should graduate and be prepared to enter college or obtain a high wage job.
- Strict Financial Accountability. Taxpayer money must be spent wisely to make sure it provides the best educational opportunities for our children. Let’s utilize technology to increase collaboration at the same time we decrease travel costs.
- Transparent Decision Making. Too many decisions are made behind closed doors and the public is not privy to the reasons why these decisions are being made. The residents of Mt. Diablo deserve to know what decisions are being made and why.
- Recognize, Reward and Retain our top employees. Outstanding employees are vital to improving the District- we have to keep them. Employees who don’t meet our high standards need to be identified and coached. If performance does not improve, we need to replace them.
I would greatly appreciate your help in this campaign. Good news- I’m not asking you for money (today)! But I will later on- campaigns are expensive…
Ways you could help today:
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Brian Lawrence for MDUSD Board
3163 Cafeto Dr
Walnut Creek, CA 94598″
Please note that I am posting this to inform the community about Lawrence’s candidacy and this blog post is not an endorsement. If any other candidate wishes to submit a similar statement, I will post it as well.
As far as I know, Lawrence is the first candidate to announce his intention to run. Board President Sherry Whitmarsh and Trustee Gary Eberhart will be up for re-election, but neither has said so far whether they intend to run.
Bay Point resident Debra Mason told me she is considering running, but she has not yet made an official announcement. Mt. Diablo teachers’ union President Mike Langley told me that he also knows of one other person who is considering running.
Do you support Lawrence’s candidacy?