Lynette Aytch, a director in the state's Smart Start program, became the fourth person to apply for the vacant seat on the school board.
In the application submitted today, Aytch said her four policy priorities would be high quality preschool programs, specialized services for students with disabilities and special learning needs, classroom diversity and inclusion and community and families partnerships.
"The public school system has a social and educational responsibility to advance policy that promotes and sustains classroom diversity and inclusion," Aytch said in her application.
Aytch works for the North Carolina Partnership for Children, which administers the Smart Start early childhood program. She is director of organizational development for Leadership Smart Start, which assists local Smart Start organizations.
One of Aytch's reference letters is from Stephanie Fanjul, a former Raleigh City Councilwoman and now president of the N.C. Partnership for Children.
Venita Peyton has also said she'll apply. But she better get her application in before the noon deadline on Monday.
The board is expected to set the process on Tuesday for filling the seat. Unless there's a huge number of last-minute applicants, the board could opt to interview the candidates on Aug. 5 and vote that same day.
Click here for Aytch's application.
(Even though I've got some items running Monday and Tuesday, I'm going to be off for the next two weeks.)