How Pompano candidates answer questions on public education: Mayor Lamar Fisher, candidate for re-election
Public Education is a key component to the financial wellbeing of our community. Families must feel confident in the schools where their children attend. I know this as not only by serving in public office but as a Realtor in selling homes.
The economic benefits include a solid real estate tax base; jobs in our local workforce and the dollars expended in our grocery and retail stores, restaurants, sports and education programs etc.
When it comes to changes in our public education, residents and elected officials need to be involved at the Broward County School Board level as well as in our individual schools; voting for who they believe will be the most productive board members; getting involved in the PTAs; and even in the selection of the school principals.
I work closely with all of our local principals, Dr. Karlton Johnson, of Blanche Ely High School, who brought the school from a “D” to an “C” rating; Mr. Thomas, Pompano Beach High School-an “A” school; Ms. Sabina, Crystal Lake Middle School; Ms. Brazil, Pompano Beach Middle School; Mr. Larson, Pompano Beach Elementary School-bringing the school from an “F” to a “D” rating within a year and with Norcrest Elementary School, by being involved in the selection its new principal. I speak to students about education and how it shapes their futures and to parent groups to make sure their children stay focused in school.
I support the leadership of each school by attending their events, and when necessary I bring community businesses and volunteers to schools for financial support, feeding programs, reading buddies etc.