Reginald L. Truitt, candidate in SD 167. | Supplied photo
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Candidate: Reginald L Truitt (Punch #101)
Office: Member of School Board of Education, Brookwood District 167
My name is Reginald L Truitt and my commitment to the education of both my children and the children in my community has lead me to run to be a Member of the Board of Education of Brookwood District 167 which services Glenwood and parts of Chicago Heights, Lynwood and Lansing. I have been a resident of Glenwood for 8 years and I have two daughters aged 3 and 6 years old. My goals are to:
1. Improve the academia and educational experience of our students,
2. Reduce apathy towards education in the community and get more involvement from the parents and stakeholders
3. Influence policies regarding education in the district
4. Bring more focus to the school board
Our first priority should be the education of our most valuable resource, our children. Many children who leave the Brookwood elementary system are at a learning deficit by the time the get to the high school systems in our district. Our children need to be challenged and well prepared to excel in high school and continue on through college and beyond. The foundation starts in pre-school and is further fortified through each grade promotion. A “thirst for knowledge” has to be established early. The curriculum needs to support this theme. I have studied the systems at other notable elementary institutions in the South Suburbs. There is a definite pattern for success that when followed, leads to exemplary students. This global, technology based economy we live in demands that our children get the best possible start.
The next important piece of the puzzle is the empowerment of the community of both parents and stakeholders to become more involved with the education of our children. We as parents cannot leave the task solely in the hands of the Board. We have to be fully engaged. That means checking and signing off on homework, being at school events and working with the administration. As stakeholders, we need to value our Board and help to make it as strong as possible. The stronger our Board is, the stronger our school system will become. We need to be involved with major decisions that affect our children and the infrastructure of the system. I have talked with many residents. I have also talked with many lost children and young adults whom the system has failed. I believe that with the help of the community and a reduction in apathy, we can make a difference.