A Bethune-Cookman University professor has thrown his hat into the ring again to run for a Volusia County school board seat.
Because of redistricting, Dr. Walter Fordham will be running in Zone 4 instead of Zone 2. In the past, he has sought the Zone 2 seat.
Other announced candidates for the Zone 4 seat are Linda Costello and Charles King.
Fordham says he is the best qualified candidate because of his background, training and leadership experience, having served on various boards and committees helping to effectively establish policy “and ensure a quality public education of all children.’”
Fordham: Set basic policies
He explains, “This is a definite commitment to represent the needs of parents, teachers and students with passion and zeal to insist upon excellence at each school in the county.
“Many of the problems in society and Volusia County Schools result from failures related to education of the youth. Basic core competencies in reading, math, writing and science are not mastered in the early grades.’’
Fordham told the Daytona Times exclusively that to improve the curriculum, a leader must set basic policies to integrate technology at each level to enhance critical thinking.
“Basic policies are not culturally sensitive for American Blacks and Hispanics to benefit from best practices,” he said.
Fordham said he also would continue to fight for teachers whom he says must receive a salary which is competitive with other counties of similar size in the state.
“The school board needs a member whose highest priority is to ensure a quality education for all students and at all grade levels,” added, Fordham who said he will hold the superintendent accountable to the vision, mission, strategic plans and policies set for the district.
Plenty of experience in education
Fordham is a Daytona Beach native. Prior to working at B-CU, he was a school principal and education consultant.
At B-CU, he has worn many hats, including dean of education, assistant to the executive vice president and professor for education and kinesiology education.
Fordham received his bachelor’s degree from Benedict College and a master’s degree from Indiana University. He earned a doctorate degree in administration, supervision and curriculum development at Florida State University.
Fordham volunteers on various city and county boards, including having served as president of the Community Advisory Board and president of the Friends of the Library and a member of Kappa Delta Pi. He also is an active member of Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church.