Erika Mitchell has worked in several industries, including IT, esthetics education and pageant production. She spoke to SaportaReport via email.
Q: What’s your No. 1 concern for the students in District 5?
A: The quality of their education and creating more opportunities for our students. Making sure that monies are reported and being accounted for at Atlanta Public Schools
Q: What could you as a Board of Education member do about that?
A: My first day on the job as school board member would be creating different channels of communicating with parents and constituents, so that they are always informed with the decisions that are being made on the Board. Also to request a motion to do a full audit on APS finances.
Q: What’s an uncomfortable truth the Board of Education needs to face?
A: That mismanagement of funds is ultimately hurting our students most in need.
Q: What’s something the Board has gotten right in the last four to eight years?
A: I believe the Board has worked hard to make up for past mistakes. There is room for improvement, opportunities, and making decisions that’s in the best interest for our students.
Q: What’s something the Board has gotten wrong or failed to do in the last four to eight years?
Not being transparent with parents and constituents. Parent and constituents should be made aware of all major changes that are impacting our district. Not only by going to the Board meetings, which a lot of parents, cannot attend but also have an a direct line of communication with parents and constituents such as PTA or NPU meetings. This will keep them informed, so that they can better make a decision when it comes to our schools.
Q: Overall, bottom line, what’s your pitch to voters?
A: I am not here to profile and increase my political ride to another office. I am a parent and I care about our children’s education. I am going to fight for what’s right for them, not my career.