To the Editor:
On Feb. 14 patrons of District 2 have an opportunity to re-elect the current president of the Edmond School Board, Kathleen Duncan. Duncan has served as a board member for 10 years. When people move to the Oklahoma City area, they buy a home here because of the exceptional quality of Edmond Public Schools. This speaks to Duncan’s goal of “Excellence in Education for All Edmond Public School Students.”
Duncan’s life experience has prepared her to be the perfect board member. She is a former teacher and counselor and has also served as an Assistant District Attorney. During her tenure on the board, Edmond Public Schools has excelled in many areas. She has been relentless in promoting a wellness policy that provides healthier cafeteria food for students and replacement of the junk food in school vending machines. This earned her the 2007 Distinguished Public Official excellence award from the Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition.
District ACT scores are high. More students are taking PreAP and AP courses. Expansion of Pre-Kindergarten programs and full-day kindergarten will be offered in all elementary schools by next fall. These are just a few accomplishments of the board.
To achieve her goal to act as the “people’s voice,” Duncan listens to students, parents and teachers. She spends endless hours at schools and attends student events to make sure she is making informed decisions.
In my 20-year career, I have served as a library media specialist in three districts. Duncan is one of the best school board members I have known. Her experience and direct involvement in decisions that affect our children are her strongest qualities. I know that if Duncan is involved, she will be tenacious in making sure that the best decisions are made for students. Edmond needs Kathleen Duncan on the school board!
BRENDA PRICE is a teacher at Edmond Memorial High School.