Guilford County Board of Education District 1
The Guilford County Board of Education is the local governing body of the County Public School System. Its members are elected in partisan races by districts and at large and serve staggered 4-year terms.The 9-member school board has 5 primary responsibilities:1. Employ the superintendent2. Establish policy3. Determine annual operating and capital budgets4. Approve student assignment boundaries5. Oversee the management of the school district’s major systems, including budget and finance, curriculum and instruction, personnel and auxiliary services
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T. Dianne Bellamy-Small
Identify the most serious issue you see facing our school system.
How will you address this issue once you are elected to the Board of Education?
Do you agree with the policy that Board of Education races are partisan?
In light of the recent need for remote learning/teaching, how do you propose to train and equip students, teachers and families to prepare for this now and in the future?
I am seeking a second term because I believe I have demonstrated hard work, responsibility, experience and integrity as the GCBOE District.1 Rep.
For parents and students, I think school safety and achievement level for their children. For the teachers, I think competitive pay and benefits and consistency in leadership and training to support meeting goals and outcomes for our students. We must also advocate for better pay and benefits with good working conditions for all classified staff. Secondly, adequate funding for appropriate support services for our students such as medical, mental and community services. And we need to get the adequate financial support we need from the county and state governments.
I will continue to bring my 20 years of public service experience to my work on the board. I'm interested in supporting the Superintendent and her staff in the best way I can to continue to move our District forward for our children. Having served as vice chair, I have a broader understanding of the need for consistent, reasonable leadership. My District spans Greensboro, Jamestown and High Point. I have and will work hard to represent the diverse needs of my District and the entire school system. My goal is to continue to be a responsible servant leader for District 1 and Guilford County Schools.
I don't feel the law that created partisan races for the local school board was helpful. In order to accomplish the task of providing a quality public education for all children, it should not be impacted by partisan politics. Instead, individuals serving on the board should be committed to the highest quality of education being provided for our children. If decisions are made only through partisan politics, our children lose and they don't have that kind of time to wait on political games to decide their future. Providing a high quality education for children is not partisan, it good economic sense. I ask for and seek all voters in District 1 to vote for me to represent the interest of our children and school system. Thank you.
This pandemic has put us all in an untenable situation. We still need adequate funding from the County Commissioners as well as our state legislature to be able to meet the goals that were recommended from the recent facilities study. The school system can only be successful in bringing our children into the 21st century, if we get the kind of support from the business community and the legislative community that controls the budget of the school system that will make a difference. We have a capable superintendent, who, has given her best talents towards running the school system in an efficient and successful way. I intend to continue to be as supportive of her leadership as I can be. I will also fight for better pay and work conditions for classified employees.
Keeping our children, staff and community safe is the highest priority in this pandemic as we assess what public education will look like for the rest of the 21st century. We must address access to technology in the county in order to adequately serve children through remote and in person learning. Public education is attempting to address many other issues such as food, childcare, mental health and special needs. I will continue to advocate for funding, strategic solutions, informing, empowering and engaging the community to give educating children the best we can give them. There is no easy solutions, but I will try to do what is in the greatest good for all of GCS.
Be safe and well.
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