Its All About Raleigh-Frayser-North Memphis Jan/Feb 2012 Raleigh-Frayser-North Memphis News Mar-Apr - Page 10

P AGE 10 I T S A LL A BOUT R ALEIGH -F RAYSER -N ORTH M EMPHIS 1RUPDV &RUQHU Norma Lester, Secretary Shelby County Election Commission Once again it is time to vote in Shelby County. It seems as if only yesterday we were making history by voting to elect the first African American President of the United States. Since then there has been numerous other elections and we have come full circle into another Presidential election year. Also this year, we are voting for, State Representatives, County District Attorney, Gen- eral Sessions Court Clerk, Assessor, School Board Members, Federal Representative and a single position on the County Commission. Additionally the Democratic Party will be hosting a Convention to select their delegates to the Democratic National Convention in September, whereas the Republicans delegates will be elected by ballot for their national FRQYHQWLRQ LQ $XJXVW $QG ZH ZRQGHU DERXW voter fatigue  ,W LV HVWLPDWHG WKDW HOHF tions can cost taxpayers up to a million dollars. That is an awful lot of money to only net 10-20% of voter participation, but then again, we cannot say our democracy is not at work. As cumbersome as it maybe I want to encourage everyone to PLEASE GO VOTE! ,W GRHVQW PDWWHU ZKHWKHU 'HPRFUDW RU Republican, vote every time there is an election. If for no other reason make the taxpayer dollar, your dollar, well spent. If you have an undesirable in office find comfort in saying I tried to vote him/her out! 6WDWH 5HSUHVHQWDWLYH $QWRQLR 3DUNLQVRQV /HJLVODWLYH /RXQJH Implementation of the Achievement School District Last week, it was announced that three schools in the Frayser area would come under direct control of the Achievement School District. They were Frayser Elementary, Corning Elementary (also in Frayser) and Westside Middle. The schools in the ASD are considered to be the lowest performing schools in the state. It is the goal of the ASD Superintendent Chris Barbic to bring the targeted schools to within the top 25% performing schools in the state. Whether we agree with ASD directed schools or not, I do believe that we all share two common goals and that is to deliver the best education possible to our children and to shore up the foundation years of RXU FKLOGUHQV HGXFDWLRQ IURP 3UH -K to third grade. It is with this in mind that I have four pro- posed pieces of legislation to support our children in their foundation years while under the di- rection of the ASD. They are: x Full Funding of Pre-K in the targeted ASD area (Frayser & Corning Elementary) x Staff and Teacher Dress Codes x Parental Responsibility Legislation x Entry Assessments and Testing for Pre-K and Kindergarten Students Job Fair @ Raleigh United Methodist Church March 13th from 9 am - 1 pm. We have 31 companies committed to coming, including Fedex, Nike, Kroger, Luxottica, MIC (fast food res- taurants), and too many more to mention.