Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 24, 2013

Solomon to run for AISD board

Special to the Review
The Athens Review

Athens — Jacqueline Solomon, a retired educator, educational diagnostician and assistant financial secretary at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, is seeking the position of Place 7 on the Athens Independent School District Board of Trustees.

The election is May 11.

Solomon was in public education for 35 years, having served as a classroom teacher in the San Antonio and Kerens independent school districts. She worked at the Henderson County Co-Op/Henderson County Shared Services — which, prior to changes, provided services to Athens, Murchison, Brownsboro, LaPoynor, Malakoff, Trinidad and Cross Roads — for 30 years.

Solomon, the parent of an AISD student, has a Bachelor of Science in Education from East Texas State University in Commerce (currently Texas A&M Commerce); a Master’s of Education from East Texas State University; and a Professional Counselor Certificate from The University of Texas at Tyler.

Solomon has provided homebound counseling and teaching and has served as coordinator of the early childhood and daycare program for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Dallas County.

Solomon says she brings a wealth of public education experience to the AISD board. She said she will be a voice and liaison for parents and students.

“Public schools touch every Texan’s life,” Solomon said. “Our children attend these schools. Our tax dollars fund them, and our future depends on their success.

“It’s time for every Texan to understand what educators have long known — our choices at the polls become realities in the classroom. It’s time for everyone to vote.”

Solomon said it is time for equity, adequacy and excellence in AISD. Her priorities are to educate all children; keep teachers in the classroom; and control the tax burden.

“Education is not a one-size-fits-all process,” she said. “I am a representative for all children. Athens students deserve the best education, and it’s time for a fresh face and a fresh start.”