Republican Women's Cookout
June 9, 2012
My name is Mary Kay Bacallao. I have had the privilege of serving as a teacher and college professor for the past 24 years. I loved and cared for other people’s children even before I had children of my own, they are now 19, 17, 14 and 11 years old. My husband, Aldo, and I have been married for 23 years. Three of our children attend Fayette County Schools, and our oldest daughter is a Whitewater graduate. We moved here because of the great reputation of our schools. I am asking for the privilege of serving you on the Fayette County School Board. For the 43 percent of you who voted for me four years ago, thank you. Whether you voted for me last time or not, I would like to humbly ask for your support in the Republican Primary on July 31st. We cannot give up for so much is at stake in this next election.
I want to ensure that we continue to build on the strong educational and moral foundation upon which our school system has flourished in the past.
My purpose is to support high standards for our schools.
It has come to my attention that the recent actions of the current majority of our elected School Board officials are not aligned with the needs of our community.
The incumbent leadership of the Fayette County School Board over the past 8 years has overbuilt and overspent. When elected, I will work with you to raise a financial accountability standard. The members of the school board and the public need to have detailed reports that account for every penny spent before voting to approve a budget. I support zero based budgeting.
If elected, I will insist on seeing the numbers. Why? We want to attract, retain and honor great teachers for all our schools.
When you elect me… together we will work to raise the standards for our schools. Financial accountability, great teachers, a strong work ethic, self-discipline, respect for teachers, high moral and ethical standards, outstanding parental involvement, community support and rigorous curriculum standards.
That our students may learn… whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy. That our students would learn how to solve problems and think critically, that they would gain the skills needed to prepare for meaningful work and be productive citizens. These are the principles I stand for.
Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? I had the privilege of teaching in a fifth grade classroom on that day. As I think back to Sept. 11th, I remember a time when our nation came together. In a similar way, I would like our county to come together to peacefully resolve our issues and get us back on the right track. We have a long way to go, first the Republican Primary, then the general election against a school board incumbent Democrat. But together we can reclaim our school board with sound conservative principles. My name is Mary Kay Bacallao, and I humbly ask for your vote on July 31st. Thank you.