FLINT, MI – Flint activist Chris Del Morone and Pastor Allen Gilbert were named the new members of Flint’s Education Council on Wednesday evening.
Diana Wright and Vera Perry, two longtime board members of Flint’s community schools, resigned in September. The district had 30 days to collect the candidates and appoint two new members.
The candidates were interviewed and unanimously nominated at a special meeting on Wednesday, September 29 at the Accelerated Learning Academy, 2138 W. Carpenter Road.
Del Morone and Gilbert received the most points in a two-round question and answer period that took place with each of the 12 candidates who applied. Del Morone and Gilbert were given points on a scale of 1 to 10 (one being the lowest) and the total scores were counted to determine the top four and the top two.
Gilbert and Del Morone beat Arthur Woodson, a local activist and veteran, and Ezekiel Harris in the top four with 532 and 486 points overall, respectively.
Pastor of Bethel Apostolic Church on Fenton Road and a 1975 graduate from Northwestern High School, Gilbert told the council he believes public education should give everyone a level playing field.
“We can no longer allow anyone to come in and do these different jobs that are not committed to the vision of the district and the school board,” Gilbert told MLive-The Flint Journal when asked about this. that he wanted to accomplish. “… It is about children and parents and their future life. “
Del Morone, a retired Flint resident and recent candidate for Flint City Council, saw the vacant school board position as an opportunity to stand up for the community and improve.
“I’m all excited. There are a lot of things that are troubling the district, and I don’t mean that in a negative way, and I see them as opportunities and things that we have to overcome,” said Del Morone. I’m talking about the facilities and keeping students in the neighborhood. ”
Del Morone sits on the Flint Review Board and chairs the Genesee County Land Bank Citizen Advisory Board. He is, among others, a Special Olympics volunteer and a General Motors retiree, where he was a member of the UAW and chairman of the Civil Rights Committee.
Gilbert is Chairman of Flint’s Ethics and Responsibility Board.
Newly appointed board members will sit until the next opportunity to elect a board member to fill vacant terms. Perry’s old term expires in 2024 and Wright’s in 2022.
The Board of Directors appointed Danielle Green as Vice President, Joyce Ellis-McNeal as Secretary and Adrian Walker as Secretary / Assistant Treasurer at a previous meeting.
There were 12 different candidates considered for the two board positions.
Walker took the opportunity to thank the applicants for their time and interest in the vacancies.
“I want to congratulate our two new board members – I really look forward to working with you,” Walker said. “… We had some amazing candidates, so I just wanted to thank everyone for showing interest. I think that says a lot about the city.
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