Lois Nixon was the only person to file today to run for the school board.
In her press release today for the District 9 seat, Nixon touted her experience as an education and "award-winning community leader." So far, Chapel Hill educator Ray Martin is the only other candidate who has filed, although a third person backed by the Wake Schools Community Alliance hasn't filed yet.
Nixon said her priority "is to focus on improving the achievement of every student — the high achievers, as well as those who struggle with academics, and she wants to engage the community to help all children succeed."
The press release doesn't directly address the diversity policy although she does tout Wake County having an "excellent school system." That's a statement frequently made by supporters of the school system to justify the diversity policy.
Nixon is likely to be backed by the Wake County Democratic Party and other supporters of current board policies.
Here's Nixon's press release:
Lois Nixon files for Wake County Board of Education in District 9
Today, educator and award-winning community leader Lois Nixon announced her candidacy for the Wake County School Board in District 9. In giving her reasons for filing Nixon pointed to her strong record of professional and volunteer service to the community. “In the 30 years that I have lived in Cary, I have worked with countless neighbors, friends and organizations to make our community a better place for all citizens.” Nixon’s experience also includes working for 20 years for Wake County as Director of the Keep America Beautiful program, where she had regular contact with the Board of Commissioners. Nixon is a Certified Environmental Educator and a champion for the environment, and has shared that passion and expertise with students in classroom lessons and with teachers in professional development workshops in schools from one end of the county to the other. Her two sons graduated from the Wake County Public School System, and her two grandchildren will soon be entering the school system, so she has a personal as well as a professional interest in the quality of Wake County Schools.
Nixon’s priority is to focus on improving the achievement of every student—the high achievers, as well as those who struggle with academics, and she wants to engage the community to help all children succeed. Lois understands that, “Excellence is NOT easy--just ask a successful athlete-- but we must set high expectations to achieve excellence.” Working together with the community, Lois says she intends to use her extensive experience to provide leadership and innovative new ideas to the Wake County Board of Education to continue that tradition of excellence and help take our schools to the next level.
Experts agree that the most important predictor of student success is an outstanding teacher. As a school board member, Lois will help to continue to recruit, retain and support the very best teachers.
Cary has a proud tradition of educational excellence, dating back to the 1896 establishment of Cary High School, which became one of the first public high schools in the state. Recently, it was reported that Cary is the 3rd fastest growing city in the country. That pace of growth provides ongoing challenges for the school system. Like these newcomers, many families moved to Wake County because of its excellent school system, and this continues to be one of our community’s most important economic development tools. Lois will work to ensure that we have an outstanding public school system that is good for our community, better for families, and great for our children as they become citizens of the world.