Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 at 9:00am

Thuy Lowe’s Closing Statement

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Thuy Lowe’s Closing Statement

Candidate District #4Online Candidate Forum

Lake County School Board District 4

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Citizens for Better Government, L.L.C. hosted an online candidate forum between Lake County School Board District 4 Seat candidates Thuy Lowe, incumbent Debbie Stivender, and Cheryl Thomas.  Over the next three newsletters, we will release each candidate’s closing statement, which they can use to dispute a claim made by another candidate or make the case for their own candidacy.  The closing statements were written and edited by each candidate.

Thuy Lowe’s Closing Statement

I have spent the last nine years volunteering in our Lake County School District; accumulated about 1200 volunteered hours per year for the past 6 years. I have classroom experiences, organizing parent volunteer program, organizing fundraising events, and chairing school advisory council.

My involvement in our school system during the last nine years has allowed me to work closely with school administration. I have learned a lot about how the schools are run and the problems that they face. I see areas for improving the quality of the education for my boys and everyone’s children.

Unlike my opponents, I have a business background and a degree in Marketing, which have enable me to build my analytical decision-making skills.

Being involved in the school district has allowed me to understand about the organization SWOT Analysis; strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. A thorough SWOT analysis of the school district will reveal the weaknesses and the corresponding issues.  In turn, it will also provide the strengths of the district and the opportunities that are available, while preparing us for the threats that lie ahead.

The curriculum courses are dictated by the State of Florida, and it uses the same standard of measurement to rank school districts throughout the state.  Lake County School District ranks 44th out of 67 school districts in our state. In Lake County, the biggest drop in school letter grade came from a high school in District 4; it went from a ‘B’ school to a ‘D’ school.

The shortfalls with regards to meeting the state measurements on student performance, graduation rates, and drop-out rates can be directly attributed to the organization’s weaknesses and threats.

One of the district’s internal weaknesses is that it has been heavily focused on trying to acquire and improve tangible assets; yet it has failed to recognize the importance and the impact that intangible assets can have on our student’s ability to learn and perform well.

Intangible assets such as the school culture, and expectations from teachers and administration on students to learn can have as much (if not more) influence on student achievement than a school’s physical assets. Intangible assets that our school district needs to focus on are:

  1. Setting expectations that education is a priority
  2. Setting standards for Student positive classroom behavior
  3. Empowering our educators to enforce consistent discipline of disruptive students and bullies
  4. Improving communication between teachers and students, and teachers and parents
  5. Setting expectation on parental support and involvement
  6. Ensuring proper training on various policies such as recognizing bullying and dress code policies
  7. Minimize bureaucracy and encourage effective practices

Lake County School District is the biggest corporation in Lake County. It needs board members who can understand the front end and the back end of the business.

I intend to work with the various departments, especially the transportation department, to find inefficiencies. As an entrepreneur who used to own and operate a non-emergency medical transportation and an airport shuttle company, I have a great understanding of costs associate with operating a fixed – route transportation service. In a team effort, the staff and I will look to consolidate duplicate services and reduce the wasteful and counterproductive of deadheading miles.

I will, also, support the re-allocation of funds from other areas to focus on student performance and safety. Our school district needs to focus on its core competency, which is educating our students and building a strong foundation in reading, writing, and math from K-8. I will direct resources by offering more college preparatory and electives/vocational courses in high schools.

Education is vital to the economic growth in our community. Highly rated education will transform Lake County into a prosperous, growing community.  High quality education attracts innovation and creates opportunities.  I believe that it is our duty as a society, to provide those opportunities to our children; it is our duty to provide the highest level of education possible, so that our children will have more choices and more opportunities as they move through life.  Without quality education, economic growth in Lake County will remain stagnate and our children will have limited opportunity to improve themselves and their community.

Serving on the school board will be an extension of my involvement in the education process and improving my community by becoming an advocate for our children’s education.

I hope to have an opportunity to make a difference.

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One Response to “Thuy Lowe’s Closing Statement”

  1. GOOD MORNING EVERYONE……NOW “LETS GIT’ER DONE”!!!!!! CAREY BAKER’S FACEBOOK PAGE POSTED THAT PAMELA LEE WAS ENDORSING HIM AS THE NEXT LAKE COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER……..THEN SUDDENLY THIS POST DISAPPEARED OFF FACEBOOK? NEXT….LAKE COUNTY IS SURPRISED TO FIND OUT THAT SHE IS RUNNING AS A WRITEIN CANDIDATE? LAKE COUNTY IS TALKING BECAUSE THE WORD IS SHE ISN’T EVEN LIVING IN LAKE COUNTY ANYMORE…….TRY SUMTER COUNTY?

    WOULDN’T IT BE GREAT FOR LAKE COUNTY TO HAVE A PROPERTY APPRAISER LIKE CAREY BAKER WITH NO APPRAISAL CREDENTIALS THEN, HAVE HIM HIRE PAMELA LEE TO WORK IN THE SAME OFFICE,ALSO WITH NO APPRAISAL CREDENTIALS.IF THIS HAPPENS LAKE COUNTY IS IN REAL TROUBLE. THE CITIZENS OF LAKE COUNTY NEED TO SRAND UP AND NOT PUT UP WITH THIS KIND POLITICAL SHENANIGANS !!!!! JUST IN CASE YOU REALLY WANTED TO KNOW,,THE OTHER 2 CANDIDATES ARE THE REAL APPRAISERS RUNNING AND ARE THE ONLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES!!!!!!!

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