Retired educator Lillian Lee has got some pretty prominent backing in her bid to fill the vacancy on the school board.
Lee, who submitted her application Monday, included reference letters from former Superintendent Bob Bridges and former principal Johnny Farmer. This could give Lee's application some weight as the board weighs who will fill Rosa Gill's District 4 seat in Southeast Raleigh.
"Mrs. Lee appears to be a clear thinker and is confident in her abilities," Bridges wrote in his reference letter. "I believe that the current state of affairs in her life will permit the commitment of time and energy required to serve on the school board."
In her application, Lee argues that her experience in the school system, including 12 years as principal of Rolesville Elementary School, make her well suited to serve on the school board.
The diversity policy makes a frequent appearance in the application. Lee stresses that she's a supporter of Wake's long-running diversity efforts.
"While employed with Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), I worked to implement its goal and mission and continue to strongly agree with them," Lee writes in her background letter. "Since 1976, WCPSS has worked to promote system wide diversity; which has made a positive impact on student achievement."
Lee also notes in her application the recent distance analysis report from staff that found that 86 percent of students go to a school within 5 miles of where they live, based on straight-line distance. Noting that study, she writes "it appears that the majority of students are not traveling a long distance to attend school."
Lee also writes that the student assignment plan "allows for a balance in the assignment of students to schools."
In addition, Lee writes that "we need to strive for a diverse population of those who instruct students and those who implement the board policies."
(I'll post Lee's application after I get back from today's facilities committee meeting.)
Click here for Lee's application, including her reference letters.