Brian H. Graham

Candidate for Clay County School Board District 5

Age: 30

Family: Brian's family has worked in education for four generations. His mother, Lisa Graham, has served on the Clay County School Board for 24 years and his father, Walter Graham, is the former Director of External Affairs for the Florida Department of Education. Brian's younger brother, Austin Graham, is a police officer in Green Cove Springs.

Occupation: Community Relations Coordinator, Bradford County School District & Site Coordinator, Communities in Schools

Education: Diploma, Ridgeview High School; A.A. from Santa Fe College; B.S. in Public Administration from Flagler College; Leadership Clay Graduate.

Political Experience: Vice Chairman, Clay County Soil & Water Conservation District; Gubernatorial Appointee, Early Learning Coalition of North Florida; Clay County Commission Appointee, North Florida Transportation Planning Organization Citizens Advisory Committee

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?

  1. Returning Civility to the Clay County School Board: I will work as a team with my fellow board members and the Superintendent to build a consensus on the many issues we face. I will be responsive to those I represent and respectful to those I serve with.
  2. Improving Student Achievement: We need to regain our status as one of Florida's top ten school districts and return to an "A" district.
  3. Addressing Budget Issues: Florida requires school districts maintain a 3% fund balance. Clay County is now at 2.3%. We must work to replenish our mandatory 3% reserve fund to be in compliance.

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