DeKALB – Scott Campbell, one of the 10 candidates for the three open seats on the DeKalb District 428 School Board, opted to drop out of the election to support three other candidates.
Campbell will be pushing for the elections of Valerie Pena-Hernandez, Shatoya Black and Twangie Smith.
“Electing them will finally bring our Board of Education closer to the demographics of our community, and give a voice to the kids who need it the most,” Campbell said in a statement. “I feel I run on the same values and strategies they do, and I am just detracting from their chances of success.”
Campbell added that minority candidates need to be supported and put onto the board.
“They can do it with more credibility than just one more white guy on the school board can, and devote more time to the cause than I can,” Campbell said. “Let’s commit to diversity in our schools, let’s recognize we’re now a majority-minority district and help all our kids achieve success, equally, by diversifying our board.”
Campbell also said that Malta Elementary School has virtually no minority achievement gap, and he recommended replicating their teachers’ efforts across the entire district to close the gaps between white students and minority, special needs and low-income students.
Other candidates for the school board include board president Victoria Newport, former president Tracy Williams, Jeromy Olson, Catherine Harned, Jeff Hallgren and Sean Johnson.