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Elder Burgess Johnson IV

For District 9 School Board

Congressing with members of the community, students, teachers, staff members, bus drivers, custodians, coaches, and people who are affected by board policies and regulations the most.

Vote on May 24th!

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The Leadership Our Schools Need

A Vision For The Future

Let’s Be 100% Honest. We need transparency across the board. Better parent-teacher correspondence and cooperation is an urgent necessity. Students should feel safe in a school that the parents can trust and rely on. The School District administrators provide a product, and that product is education. The outgrowth of this product is the service the School District provides to each and every child, parent, community member, and Athens-Clarke County School District employee.

Vision

Actionable Issues

Transparency, Inclusion, and Safety are vital to ensuring a nurturing and effective educational environment for our children.

Issues

Transparency

On average about 13% of a student’s life is spent at school. Communications, policies, and expectations should be clear-cut and honest every time when it comes to anything concerning a child’s education, behavior, and progress or lack thereof. 

Inclusion

The school district provides a service to the students. We live in a diverse and multi-cultural community. Parents and Staff, Bus Drivers and Custodians, Crossing Guards and Substitutes should be able to enjoy a productive school day free of prejudices and biases and our students should feel welcomed in an 100% inclusive environment everyday they walk into our school buildings. 

Safety

Outside influences of violence and gang culture are sadly plaguing our schools. The only way to combat the poisonous culture of gangs is to create and foster healthy and more productive activities to keep our young people intrigued and engaged and to remain consistent. Zero tolerance and stiffer disciplinary policies may be of some assistance but preventive measures such as counseling and clear cut expectations and consequences are imperative. 

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About Elder

Thirty-five year old father of two. Athens native. Graduate of Cedar Shoals High School. 

Fort Valley State Wildcat. Employee. Student. Influencer. Artist. Coach. Mentor. Tutor. Advocate. Activist. Athlete. Owner. Entrepreneur. Companion.

Now I’m a runner for Athens Clarke County School Board. We can impact the community together with your vote on May 24th.I’m running for school board so that I may be more of an asset and an advocate for the community because that’s who the school district serves. I am also someone who can resonate with the concerns of the ones directly impacted, and that is what this community deserves.  I’ve become so fond of so many of our young people in this community through coaching, tutoring, and mentorships. Being a former student and alum, I continue daily to consult and collaborate with current and former teachers, coaches, staff members, and like-minded individuals to develop initiatives to make the Athens Clarke County School District an overall better place to attend school.

 

Mission & Values

This mission is bigger than me; as an Athens Native, I’ve lived here and experienced both triumphs and turmoils in the Athens Clarke County School District. After graduating from Cedar Shoals High School, I studied communications and journalism at The Fort Valley State University. However, post-college and upon becoming a father, I returned to Athens to earn a living and resume my studies. My children, studying their homework and asking questions piqued my curiosity almost instantly as I noticed the many different ways schooling is designed differently than what I remember from 20+ years ago. Interactions with school officials and discovering opportunities for transparency, instances of negligence of inclusion, and immediate concerns about safety protocols prompted me to get more involved in the institution that is assisting in the rendering of our children. 

 

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