Fiscal Conservative Keri Lewis qualifies for Brevard County School Board District 4 Seat
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Fiscal conservative Keri Lewis to challenge incumbent Karen Henderson for District 4 School Board seat.
Brevard County, Florida (PRUnderground) June 25th, 2012
Fiscal conservative Keri Lewis has qualified for the District 4 School Board seat and will be on the August 14th primary ballot with incumbent Karen Henderson. Lewis is a Brevard native and resides in SunTree.
Lewis, a 37 year old licensed insurance agent, is running on a platform of fiscal conservatism and using common sense to do more with less. She says spending at our schools increased dramatically during the real estate bubble and now that values and property tax revenues are declining the School Board is finding it hard to adapt.
“I’m running for school board to reign in the spending while still maintaining the excellent ratings Brevard County Schools are known for,” Lewis said. “We can’t keep going back to the taxpayers for more money because they’re tapped out – we must go back to pre-bubble spending levels, and this will involve thinking creatively about how to do more with less.”
Lewis says she wants to see education get “back to basics”, with more emphasis on the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, and less emphasis on technology and standardized testing.
“We seem to have put the proverbial cart before the horse by emphasizing the use of technology in the classroom and teaching to the FCAT,” Lewis said. “Technology and standardized testing are useful tools, but they are supplemental to the process and presuppose students that can read, write and do math.”
The School Board is a non-partisan race, and the race for the District 4 seat will be decided in the primary election on August 14th. Lewis encourages people to vote, because the School Board constitutes almost half of your property tax bill, and is now looking at other funding mechanisms.
“The School Board is currently considering putting a half cent sales tax on the ballot,” Lewis said. “The incumbent has voted to raise property taxes before and now wants to raise them again in the form of a sales tax. If you want a real fiscal conservative who will fight to maintain the quality of our schools while living within our means you should vote for me on August 14th.”
For additional information on Lewis, or to find out how you can help with her campaign, please contact her at 321-537-8030 or visit her campaign web site at http://www.voteforkeri.com.
About Keri Lewis for Brevard County School Board, District 4
Keri Lewis is a 37 year old Brevard native. The daughter of Larry and Kathleen Helphenstine, she was born and raised in Titusville and currently resides in SunTree. Keri graduated from Astronaut High and attended Brevard Community College, where she studied Business Administration. She is a licensed Insurance Agent with a background in medical office administration.
Keri is a fiscal conservative that believes in limited government and free markets. She believes competition breeds excellence, and if elected will work to apply free market principles within the Brevard Public School system.