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Written by: Randall Parker III
What made you decide to run for School Board?
As a product of TPS and a parent of three children actively a part, I’ve had the privilege to see the district overcome some troubling times throughout the years. To see where they are now as being, in my opinion, the top of the class as it relates to innovation and excellence, is amazing. In 2013 I ran for the Board along with eight other candidates and came in 5th. When Dr. Cecilia Adams was appointed to the City Council seat in April 2015, I was appointed and honored to currently serve on the Board.
Why do you feel you are best qualified?
Having served as PTO president of Glenwood Elementary School for four years, I have developed the ability to have a parent voice that produces results. One of the most rewarding projects I was able to see successfully happen, was developing the Resource Room at the school, which produced gently used clothing and shoes and even food for children who were not afforded the opportunity to have those things because of unfortunate situations.
Also as a local Pastor for fifteen years and community leader, I understand the need for effective partnerships in the district to continue to prepare our students to become college and career ready in their lives.
Finally, because I am actively a part of the board, I see daily the effort and work behind the scenes from our Superintendent, administrators, teachers, food and custodial workers and fellow board members among others, to ensure that we are preparing our students and district for success.
What is the one thing people should know about you?
Since I’ve been appointed, I work hard everyday to make sure whatever I do represents the district and the students with honor. I will continue to see that we will strive to make student based decisions. I am an advocate for our children and want to continue the momentum of advancing our district towards excellence.
For more information on Randall Parker III, visit his website