Candidate Q&A – Lance Hammonds, DeKalb County School Board District 6
In advance of the May 22 primary election, Decaturish is publishing Q&As with the candidates. To see your sample ballot, click here.
Lance Hammonds, candidate for DeKalb County School Board District 6
Why are you running for this position?
I am seeking this office because I believe that the key to a prosperous community is academically superior schools with achievement outcomes that rival the top school systems in the nation. Quality schools are the precursor to economic development, job creation and increased property values. I want to work to “Make DeKalb the System of Choice for Quality Schools”.
What are your qualifications for this office?
I have an undergraduate Degree in Biology and a Master’s in Business Administration I have been able to work for global fortune 500 companies for over 40 success filled years. Building and Leading successful teams with analytical skills developed over time. Experienced at managing multimillion budgets. I also bring to the table interpersonal skills that have created positive change and growth in organizations.
I have served as Education Chair of the DeKalb NAACP for 8 years. In that role I have monitored, engaged and collaborated with the DeKalb Board of Education and Parents and understand the Boards process and procedures. I have also served as the 1st and 2nd Vice President of the DeKalb Branch.
I spearheaded the creation and oversee the implementation of the Community School Volunteer Program. We have signed up and trained over 150 volunteers for our schools, and the numbers continues to grow. I have had the pleasure to serve as the PTA President at every school my children attended, I have served on the Boards of the South DeKalb and Eastlake YMCA’s. I have also served as past President of the DeKalb Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
I have been endorsed by the Georgia Federation of Teachers for my work in education on behalf of the children of DeKalb County.
What are two or three things you’d like to do if you’re elected?
1. Attract, retain, and the best educators and staff at all levels in our District. This would include bus drivers, cafeteria workers, maintenance team and all support staff that come in contact with our children.
2. Increase the graduation rate by increasing number of pathways that our students have to gain career success including vocational training, and work readiness programs
3. Connect the School Board, District, Parents and the Community. I would start by reviewing the districts volunteer policy. I have found that there are logistical and communication hurdles to getting well qualified volunteers into our schools. I would encourage the Board to have listening sessions throughout the district to allow the community work closely with us to “Make DeKalb the System of Choice for Quality Schools.
Why should voters choose you over your opponent?
I bring a wealth of experience working collaboratively with other community organizations such as the DeKalb and Lithonia Chambers of Commerce, DeKalb Parent Councils United, local churches and many others to advance the cause of academic excellence in our community.
I have been endorsed by the Georgia Federation of Teachers for my work with them to defeat the Opportunity School District legislation and support of public schools.
I am the only candidate in this race that has managed a multi-million dollar budget. I have over 40 years of successful of corporate experience leading teams that have resulted in growth and prosperity of the organizations I have be a part of.
If elected, will you act in an ethical in transparent manner?
I will adhere to all state and local reporting and meeting laws. I will keep the community informed and updated on a regular basis, so they can make informed decision about our schools.