Denise Hills

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Denise Hills
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Tuscaloosa City Board of Education, Chair
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 27, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sThe College of William and Mary
Master'sUniversity of Delaware
ProfessionResearch geologist
Campaign website
Denise Hills was a candidate for the Chair position on the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education. She lost election to Lee Garrison in the August 27, 2013 general election. Ms. Hills campaigned to improve core skills in the classroom and greater involvement in schools by the community.[1]


Hills earned her Bachelor's degree in Geology from The College of William and Mary. She also attended the University of Delaware where she received her Master's degree in Geology. Hills is a research geologist for the Alabama Geological Survey. She is an active member of PTAs for Rock Quarry Elementary and Woodlawn Forrest while serving as president of the Tuscaloosa City PTA Council. Hills has two children who are currently attending district schools.[2]



Hills was defeated by fellow challenger Lee Garrison for the Chair of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education in the August 27, 2013 general election.

Tuscaloosa Board of Education Chair, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLee Garrison 51.2% 4,415
     Nonpartisan Denise Hills 48.8% 4,212
Total Votes 8,627
Source: Fox 6 News These results are unofficial.

Campaign themes


Hills's campaign website listed the following themes for 2013:[1]

Core skills

"A strong foundation in core skills, such as reading, math, science, and civics, is essential to success. "Learning to read" in early grades should progress to "reading to learn" in later grades. The critical thinking skills gained through science, technology, and math education are key to effective problem-solving in later life. Whether our public schools are preparing students for employment immediately after graduation, or for further education at a college or university, or for additional vocational training, the foundations built through an effective public education ensure the success and vitality of our community."

Community Involvement

"As a part of PTA since my children began school, I have learned the importance of involvement. Whether it is involvement at the school, with the community, or simply with our children, we must be present to ensure our children's success. To further all children's success, I joined the school's PTA board. After attending a national PTA conference, I became inspired to volunteer for the Tuscaloosa City PTA Council, where I quickly became president, and also served on the Alabama State PTA Board. I was in this position for the April 27, 2011, tornado, and was grateful to the outpouring of support from across the nation. I was able to pass this support on to affected students and families throughout the city. I attended numerous Board of Education meetings throughout this time, and was impressed with how the BOE came together to speak for all the children throughout the city."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

About the district

See also: Tuscaloosa City Schools, Alabama
Tuscaloosa City Schools is located in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
Tuscaloosa City Schools is located in Tuscaloosa County. Tuscaloosa is located northwest of the state capital, Montgomery. According to the 2010 Census, Tuscaloosa is home to 90,898 residents.[3]


Tuscaloosa lags behind the rest of Alabama based on median household income and persons below the poverty level but outperforms the state average in high school graduation rates. The median household income for Tuscaloosa is $34,359 when compared to $42,934 for the state of Alabama. The percentage of people below poverty level for Tuscaloosa is 29.6% while it is 17.3% for the state of Alabama. 85.3% of persons over the age of 25 have a high school degree, while 81.9% of Alabama residents have a high school degree. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 32.7% of Tuscaloosa residents aged 25 or older have a bachelor's degree, while the same rate is 22% for the state of Alabama.

2010 Census Data for Tuscaloosa, Alabama[3]
Race Tuscaloosa State of Alabama
White 53.8% 68.5%
Black or African American 41.5% 26.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2% 0.6%
Asian 1.8% 1.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1%
Two or more race 1.1% 1.5%
Hispanic or Latino 3.0% 3.9%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 52.6% 67%

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