Hi, I’m Mary Kay Bacallao. I have been paying close attention to the Fayette County School Board for the past 8 years. I have read just about every article written about the school board in that time frame. Two years ago, we lost our long time superintendent, Dr. John DeCotis. In September of last year, we took another big hit when we lost the late Dr. Sam Tolbert. Since then, many of the sound policies enacted by our school board have fallen by the wayside. The Fayette County School Board is in desperate need of a course correction. I know what needs to be done to get us back on track.
I’m Mary Kay Bacallao, and I’m running for BOE post #2; I want to balance our budget to sustain quality education; I want to retain our great
teachers; and I’m disappointed that a majority of the Board gave away your right to vote for four of our five Board members.
I cherish our well respected educators… I would keep the monetary award for those rare teachers who achieve the National Board Teacher Certification, instead of making that one of the very few budget cuts in the midst of a top-heavy administration.
I believe we need objective, measureable, and transparent criteria before making school closures.
I have been, and am now working in education as a full professor at Mercer who clearly understands how to prepare our college-bound students, as well as students who will pursue other career paths.
I bring conservative values to education, finance, and a sound organization to meet our standards for the next four years and beyond.
Twenty four years of practical experience in math, science and technology education equips me with the background knowledge needed to make
wise, well thought out, and sound decisions for our school system.
For those of you who voted for me 4 years ago, thank you. I appreciate your support. If I did not earn your vote before, I would appreciate the opportunity to earn it now. I am still here. Four years older, four years wiser, and four years more humble. My husband of 23 years, Aldo and I have 3 teenagers at home, and one 11 year old, including one Whitewater graduate and three still attending Fayette County Schools.
When I drop my children off at school, I tell them three things: Love your teachers, love your classmates, and glorify God in all you do.
If you elect me as a school board member, my three goals will be to enact zero based budgeting, support and strengthen our teaching force, and
vote for sound policies based on conservative principles. I am running a second time because I am persistent when it comes to the future of our children. I am here to listen.
I would like to meet you personally. I am Mary Kay Bacallao and I am running for BOE Post #2. I would appreciate your vote on July 31st.