BY JAMES HARPER
Ida Wright believes public education is the greatest opportunity for many children to have a bright future.
This is one of the reasons the Bethune-Cookman University instructor has decided to enter the political arena for the first time and run for the Volusia County District 2 school board seat. Wright is attempting to unseat incumbent Al Williams.
Another reason Wright is running is because she’s a mother whose children have been educated through the public school system.
“My children and I represent two generations educated through the Volusia County public school system. I’ve observed various changes since the time I graduated from Mainland High School in 1984 to my eldest son in 2005 and presently my youngest slated to graduate in 2017,” said Wright.
Ready to fight for funding
Wright says though the county has made progress over the past 25 years in public education much more needs to be done through organized teamwork.
“We need board members that are not afraid to corral the various stakeholders (parents, teachers, and administrators) to fight on the state and federal levels for funding needed to prepare our children to compete domestically and globally,” Wright told the Daytona Times.
She says board members should look at each issue as an opportunity to elevate students.
Wright added that board members need to remain in constant contact with their constituents so that they are aware of the decisions and issues that impact them.
“Ultimately, we need board members that empower all of its stakeholders,” she continued.
Active in school, community
Wright works at Bethune-Cookman University as an instructor in business administration. She also is the academic assessment coordinator in the School of Business.
She attended Highlands Elementary and graduated from Mainland Senior High in 1984.
The candidate has been married to Arthur Wright for 16 years and has two sons, Reginald and Wesley.
As a parent, Wright was and still is active in the PTA, and was supportive of her children as a band and football parent.
In the Daytona Beach community, Wright has been active with the Daytona Beach Pop Warmer and is a member of the Daytona Beach chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc.; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; and has volunteered with the Junior Achievers, Daytona Beach Junior League, PACE Center For Girls and the City of Daytona Beach Aquatic Center.