Here is my letter and resume is attached. I will not accept any money for the appointment to the position and will use it to demonstrate openness with technology, streaming any pubic meeting I attend live, posting any public document within 24 hrs of receiving it, and holding virtual office hours.
July 14, 2009
Toledo Board of Education
Thurgood Marshall Building
420 East Manhattan Boulevard
Toledo OH 43608
Dear Toledo School Board Members,
I am writing to request consideration for appointment to the vacant seat on the Toledo School Board. This position will only serve for the several months of Steven Steel’s remaining term. It will be important that the Toledo Public Schools allow the voters decide who will be the next replacement on the board in the November elections. In the meantime, you should consider a placeholder. I am offering myself as the placeholder for several reasons, my strong educational background and my desire to use the position to demonstrate elected official openness.
If you appoint me to the board, I plan on operating with the utmost transparency by streaming live any board meeting or committee meeting I attend. I plan to hold virtual office hours with the parents of the Toledo Public School parents, and I plan to post any public document I receive within 24 hrs of receiving it on the Web. I plan to use the position not only to be a great board member working on behalf of the customers of the Toledo Public Schools for the 4 months, but also use it to demonstrate how elected officials can use technology to reach out to their customers.
I will also not accept any money for any meetings over the remainder of the term and will not seek cost reimbursements.
My history with the Toledo Public Schools, my experience on the board of the Frederick Douglass Community Association and on the Michigan Reading Association board, and my strong background in technology and my dual degrees in education makes me a strong candidate for this position.
I would also want to remind you I was the third place finisher in the last Toledo Public School Board election and it would be appropriate to also take in consideration voter support. But I am more than just the third place finisher, I am more than qualified and understand the issues facing the district and can step in and hit the ground running.
I look forward to an interview and appointment.
Toledo Free Press has some more background at: