Nancy Meister (School Board District 4 Candidate)
10/9/2013, 12:06 p.m.
Campaign Web Site: www.nancydistrict4.com
City of Residence: Atlanta
Do you, or have you had, children enrolled in an APS school?: My two sons who currently attend Georgia Tech and UGA both attended elementary, middle, and high school in APS.
How have you served your district and the city best in the past?: I have served with integrity and advocated for what is in the best interest of the district and our children. I believe my voting record speaks for itself. I voted against the budget, increasing the number of furlough days and larger class sizes. I demanded answers to the various scandals that threatened our system. I have consistently advocated on behalf of the constituents.
If elected, what issues will you give highest priority to?: The Board and APS have overcome challenges over the past four years and I am proud to have been a part of the solution. However, there is still more work to be done that will require institutional experience and members who stand with strong principles. First, the selection of our next Superintendent is extremely important. Second, the Board must make tough policy based budgetary decisions. Third, I will continue to advocate for policies that empower our principals such as providing more discretionary resources to local schools.
Level of Education:
Name: Nancy Meister
Office Sought: Atlanta Board of Education District 4
Political Experience: None, other than past 4 years in office
Prior Office(s) Held:
Profession: Real Estate Broker
What do you plan to accomplish during your term in office?: Hiring a Superintendent who will transform education in Atlanta Public Schools. I will advocate for decentralization and empowerment for our Principals and teachers that will result in education being local not centralized. The positive impact of localizing education will be seen in 4 year graduation rates rising, dropout rates declining, monies being used more wisely and kids being the focus.
What is your vision for the future of Atlanta?: There are tremendous opportunities for improvement in the city of Atlanta and within the Atlanta Public school system. With collaboration between citizens, community leaders, businesses and others, I envision a powerful relationship that will strengthen all aspects of Atlanta from education, transportation, business development to the overall economy.
What specific strengths do you bring to the position you seek?: I believe a member of the Board of Education must be ethical and transparent, and an advocate for the children we represent. My experience on the Board thus far exemplifies these strengths. I will to continue to advocate for all children and push APS forward.
Are you a product of the Atlanta Public Schools system?: I have been a part of the APS system for over 15 years, by serving on PTA boards, founding the North Atlanta High School Foundation, and volunteering for our local schools as my children attended K-12 in APS. I myself attended public schools in Massachusetts where I grew up.
Are you, or are you not in favor of more Atlanta charter schools?: I am in favor of educational opportunities that make the most sense for our children. If that is best fit by a charter school that meets the system’s requirements and the community is in favor of the charter, then I believe it should be approved. I truly want to implement the best methods of education so that we can prepare our students for a rewarding life.