Here's a blast from the past today with Cynthia Matson's announcement that she will run for the District 5 seat on the Wake County school board.
For you newcomers, Matson founded Assignment By Choice, the grand daddy for groups like Wake CARES and the Wake Schools Community Alliance. During the middle part of the last decade, ABC criticized Wake's assignment policy and the use of mandatory year-round schools.
"ABC was the original catalyst for the school reform movement in Wake County which united parents and increased public awareness on issues facing our school system," Matson says in her campaign announcement.
ABC died out not long after the 2006 bond issue as the group fought it because of the year-round school conversions.
Matson is currently the Campus Director of ITT Technical Institute. She also says she's the parent of two Wake school children. I'll have to check on the school status because one of the reasons she gave up running ABC was that she had pulled her kids out of the school system.
“As a parent of two Wake County school children, I have always understood the important role that parents play in a child’s education and the positive impact it has on student achievement," Matson said in her campaign announcement. "As a candidate for District 5, it is my goal to foster an environment that provides academic excellence for all schools and all children.”
The other announced District 5 competitor is Jim Martin. Matson is a registered Republican while Martin is a registered Democrat.
Matson has a son who is a rising eighth-grader at Dillard Drive Middle and a daughter who is leaving Oak Grove Elementary to start sixth-grade at Dillard.