Rhonda Lennon for Board of Education
District 1

My Campaign

About me

I was elected to the Board of Education in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 to represent District 1. 

I am a graduate of South Mecklenburg High School, and have an Associate degree in nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC Charlotte. I am an RN and work  as a Certified Clinical Case Manager.

In 2003, I founded Families United for North Mecklenburg Education (FUME)  and have also served on several education-related committees and the board of Charlotte Advocates for Education.  I have also been an active member of my community; involved in Girl Scouts, Cub/Boy Scouts, Big Day at the Lake, Mt Zion UMC, and many other charities and civic groups. 

Currently a resident of Cornelius (previously Huntersville and Charlotte), I have lived in Mecklenburg County since 1978

My greatest blessings are my three children. All 3 have spent their K-12 eduction journeys at CMS.  My daughters are both graduates of North Mecklenburg High School .  Both are engaged to be married in 2018 and have started their careers; one in th NC mountains, the other at the coast.  My son currently attends Hough High School. 

Reflecting

During my time on the board we have faced many challenges and also had many accomplishments. We have raised graduation rates, implemented intensive 3rd grade reading programs and the North Start Literacy Initiative.  Proficiency rates have increased and the achievement gaps has narrowed in all demographic groups.  

I have remained steadfast in my commitment to the children of Mecklenburg county, and my constituents of District 1.

Key areas I have focused on include:


Common sense student assignment plan: 

  • Leading advocate for a plan that preserved neighborhood schools 
  • increased magnet and academic programming options throughout the county

Created educational options for students:

  • Increased magnet schools in District 1 from 2 to 7, with more coming.
  • Career Hub at North Meck High Schools; with culinary, automotive, costemetology and soon agriscience.
  • Implemented the Cambridge programme at Hopewell High School and its feeder schools
  • Established the Academy of Engineering at Mallard Creek, and soon AP Capstone 
  • Started AP Capstone at Hough High School


Business Management and Accountability:

  • Lead the movement to preserve middle school sports and worked with public-private partnerships to secure grants and funding.
  • Partner with the Lake Norman Education Collaborative to connect local business with our students; for mentoring, career exploration and shared resources
  • Estabished the Public-Private partnership committee to search for new joint opportunities.


 


Moving Forward

I am seeking a 3rd term on the Board of Education.  While serving on the board, we have made great progress in improving graduations rates, increasing proficiency rates and narrowing achievement gaps, but there is much work to do.  My top priorities will be:


  • Expand our career pathways and apprenticeship programs in high schools, but also begin implementing "Early Look" programs at the middle school level.  Each student must walk across the stage at graduation either college or career ready.  A high school  diploma is not enough in today's job market.
  • Continue to work with the NCGA on key legislative issues; teacher pay, K1-12 class size, per pupil spending models and overall funding.
  • Support programs and school based initiatives to make sure that every school, in every area of Mecklenburg County offers a rich academic experience, personalized learning and supports CMS's mission of increasing academic achievement.




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