WS/FC Schools Election: Mikush promises an “open & responsive school board”

This message from Sandra Mikush, an Independent, un-affiliated candidate for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education:

Dear Friends and Education Advocates:

As you know, I have several priorities for our schools, but none is more important than an open and responsive school board. I believe that great schools start with a culture that invites and welcomes critical questions, creative solutions and partnerships across the community. An open culture spreads throughout the schools and makes them welcome
places for teachers, parents and students to work together to be part of the solution.

My work in creating the Community Alliance for Education has taught me that many people across our county care deeply about our schools and are willing to work hard to make a difference. More than 200 people participated in study circles to identify community priorities for our schools and worked through four action teams to advance those
priorities. The Forsyth Fund for Teaching Excellence and the goal of non-partisan school board elections emerged from two of those action teams. Similarly, I have been engaged with CHANGE (Communities Helping All Neighborhoods Gain Empowerment) and admire the consistent attention of dozens of congregations and hundreds of people to equity issues in our schools. I believe our school bond package is stronger for CHANGE’s
input into the priorities for school renovation and construction.

If I am elected in November, I will encourage the school board to make it standard practice to engage the community and seek a wide range of perspectives as we improve education for all children. As I have explained in my messages about raising the graduation rate, offering more choices for excellent schools, and recruiting and retaining the best teachers, our best ideas will take community-school partnerships. I welcome a community conversation to set priorities and goals for our schools, and to create a plan to get there.

Please spread the word about my vision and priorities for our schools.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas.

For the children,

Learn more about Sandra Mikush, her experience and goals and her campaign at

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