Lewis To Challenge Henderson For School Board Seat
By Space Coast Daily // June 28, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Fiscal conservative Keri Lewis has qualified for the Brevard County District 4 School Board seat and will be on the Aug. 14 primary ballot with incumbent Karen Henderson.
Lewis is a Brevard native and resides in Suntree.
“Spending at our schools increased dramatically during the real estate bubble and now that values and property tax revenues are declining the School Board is finding it hard to adapt,” said Lewis.
Lewis, a 37-year-old licensed insurance agent, is running on a platform of fiscal conservatism and using common sense to do more with less, according to her platform.
“I’m running for school board to reign in the spending while still maintaining the excellent ratings Brevard County Schools are known for,” Lewis said.
“We can’t keep going back to the taxpayers for more money because they’re tapped out – we must go back to pre-bubble spending levels, and this will involve thinking creatively about how to do more with less.”
Back To Reading, Writing, Arithmetic
Lewis says she wants to see education get “back to basics,” with more emphasis on the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, and less emphasis on technology and standardized testing.
“We seem to have put the proverbial cart before the horse by emphasizing the use of technology in the classroom and teaching to the FCAT,” Lewis said. “Technology and standardized testing are useful tools, but they are supplemental to the process and presuppose students that can read, write and do math.”
“We seem to have put the proverbial cart before the horse by emphasizing the use of technology in the classroom and teaching to the FCAT,” Lewis said.
“Technology and standardized testing are useful tools, but they are supplemental to the process and presuppose students that can read, write and do math.”
The School Board is a non-partisan race, and the race for the District 4 seat will be decided in the primary election on Aug. 14. Lewis encourages people to vote, because the School Board constitutes almost half of your property tax bill, and is now looking at other funding mechanisms.
“The School Board is currently considering putting a half cent sales tax on the ballot,” Lewis said.
“The incumbent has voted to raise property taxes before and now wants to raise them again in the form of a sales tax. If you want a real fiscal conservative who will fight to maintain the quality of our schools while living within our means you should vote for me on Aug. 14.”
For information about Lewis call 321-537-8030 or log on to VoteForKeri.com