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A BRIGHTER FUTURE

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District 4: Inglenook K-8, Hayes K-8, Hudson K-8, & Woodlawn High School

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A Message from Derrick

I am running for the Board of Education because I believe in Birmingham City Schools. I believe in its potential to equip generations of young adults with the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will ensure their success in vocational school, college, and career opportunities.  In order to accomplish this goal, I believe members of the Board of Education must work collaboratively with the superintendent, families and community partners to address the myriad of issues confronting the district and its students.  The challenges are immense, but I believe if we work together and in good faith we can overcome these obstacles.  

 

Therefore, I am proposing the following action items as potential solutions to these ongoing matters. 

 

District Leadership 

 

  • Build a more collegial and collaborative school board to work in partnership with the Superintendent and public officials

  • Work with the Superintendent to develop a Comprehensive District Recovery & Improvement Plan  

  • Promote the continuity of district and school level leadership 

  • Renew emphasis on developing community partnerships 

 

Budget Management

 

  • Encourage greater transparency and accountability 

  • Repurpose and/or sell vacant and semi vacant school buildings 

  • Submit collaborative grant applications to fund innovative education initiatives 

  • Redirect funding from unproven district initiatives 

 

Academic Advancements

 

  • Create Youth & Career Collaborative Centers

  • Expand Early College and Dual Enrollment programs

  • Create new internship and apprenticeship opportunities

  • Provide free ACT Preparatory courses for students 

  • Expand access to district Pre-K programming 

 

Can I count on your support on August 24th? Please make voting a priority and vote for me, Derrick Billups, Birmingham Board of Education, District 4. 

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