Deborah Prickett, a longtime educator and former Wake teacher, announced today she'll run for the District 7 school board seat.
In her press release, Prickett criticizes the school district for "repeated reassignments" and the use of mandatory year-round schools. That issue could resonate in District 7, where complaints about the conversion of the Leesville schools could motivate a lot of voters.
District 7 includes northwest Raleigh, Morrisville and part of Cary. The seat is now held by Patti Head, who isn't running for reelection.
May 6, 2009
Committee for Student Success
Deborah Prickett Announces Candidacy for Wake County School Board District 7
We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Deborah Prickett will be a candidate for Wake County School Board District 7 in the October 6th, 2009 election.
Announcing her candidacy, Mrs. Prickett stated “Current School board policies regarding student assignments are ineffective patchwork attempts to solve complex challenges, and they simply are not working for too many Wake County students and their families. We need to tap into the tremendous support network that communities can provide and create environments where students feel connected. As it is, Wake County families and communities are fractured by repeated reassignments and conversion of schools to Mandatory Year Round (MYR) calendars incurring increased costs to operate our schools. Most importantly, our school system is not providing students with the quality education they need to become part of a vibrant, growing community and economy.”
As the District 7 School Board member, Deborah will focus her energy, creativity and compassion on attacking the problems in Wake County schools. Parents and taxpayers want stable school assignments, choice in calendar options and excellence in education. They want School Board representatives who can apply a business-like approach to the management of Wake County’s $2.1B education budget. Deborah is committed to these core values, and to the accountability that goes with them.
For years, the School Board has treated Wake County students like statistics, using constant reassignment to promote “healthy schools” instead of “healthy students.” As a parent with a son in Wake County Public Schools, Deborah understands that a reassignment plan will never deliver the educational results we need – we must focus on education student by student. As Deborah put it, she has “felt the pain of parents firsthand” and eagerly embraces the opportunity to serve the citizens of District 7 and Wake County with energetic leadership and commitment to excellence.
Some background information on Deborah Prickett:
Raleigh native, attended Wake County Public Schools
BA, North Carolina State University
MA, North Carolina Central University
26 years working in Wake County Public Schools and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)
Counselor, English and Language Arts Teacher
Currently employed by NCDPI as the Character Education Consultant working with Coordinators in all NC school districts
Member, National Character Education Partnership, State Collaborative for Children, Families and Youth
Member, Governor’s Child Abuse and Neglect sub-committee
Member, Governor’s Focus Group on Returning Combat Veterans and their Families