Goldie D. Whitaker has announced her intention to run for reelection to the Watson Chapel School District Board of Directors.

According to a news release, Whitaker is a lifelong resident of the District, Zone 5 Position 2 and currently lives in the area. She has two granddaughters who are currently students and said she and her children are proud graduates of the Watson Chapel School District.

Whitaker said she is seeking reelection to “continue to move our school district forward and preparing our students well to compete economically and improve families’ investment in the district’s educational system. We want our students to be college and career ready and I am committed to raising college readiness and reviving and developing vocational programs in our schools.”

“While our district continues to face significant challenges, I have no doubt my energy, leadership and a spirit of collaboration will continue to ignite our community’s educational potential to forge a better, m0re prepared future,” she said. “I feel that my proven experience serving as board president, board member and working in the schools for 21 years uniquely qualifies me to continue working toward improving and remedy the existing challenges we are facing.”

Whitaker said that while serving on the board of directors, she has “dealt directly with: hiring Superintendents and teachers), school administrators, teachers, parents, students, payroll, taxes, licenses, state agencies and customer relations. I have experience in negotiating contracts. I have always been able to contribute to agreements that benefit both sides of the table.”

She added that “There are a lot of issues facing the next elected school board but with the involvement of the community and respectful dialog from the board, I feel these hurdles can be overcome. Because I feel so very strongly regarding these issues and am confident that I can be an intricate part in helping to solve them.”

“I humbly ask for your support and vote to re-elect me to the Board of Directors on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019,” Whitaker said in the press release. “I pledge complete transparency with your concerns and to serve the community with no preconceived agendas.”