Sandra Dunnavant

Candidate for Clay County School Board District 5

Age: 70

Family: Widow of Clay County Principal George William Dunnavant, mother of Will and Ray, grandmother of Paige, Matthew, Ryan, Franky, Samantha, Brandon, Ellen and Mariah

Occupation: Retired Educator with 43 years of experience

Education: BS Texas Woman's University; MS FSU

Political Experience: Served on the Green Cove Springs Council and served as Mayor and Vice Mayor

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

  1. Leadership The School Board needs members who have proven leadership abilities. I have served in leadership capacities for over 40 years in my profession and in my community. I have been elected as President of organizations: such as the Green Cove Springs Preservation Society, the Friends of the Library, the VIA(Woman' Club of Green Cove Springs), Presbyterian Women. I am an elected elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Green Cove Springs. As a leader in these and other community organizations, I learned how to work with others to improve the quality of life in my community……a valuable skill for a school board member.
  2. Budget : We Are facing a fund balance crisis in our school system. We need school board members who have experience in understanding how government budgets work. I served on the City Council of Green Cove Springs and was elected Mayor twice. I understand how government budgets work and have ideas on how we can save dollars and put more money into the classroom. As a small business owner (Oakridge Day School), I learned the values of living within the means of a budgetary process .Also, I realize that great schools bring business to our community.
  3. Curriculum: As an educator, who has taught every grade level, I know the challenges that teachers and students face every day in the school environment. As a school board member, I will fight for more teaching and less testing, a curriculum that is rigorous and challenging, and a curriculum that meets the needs of our students and represents the values of our community.

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