|Board member, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, District 1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 2009|
|High school||South Mecklenburg High School|
|Bachelor's||University of North Carolina Charlotte|
|Associate's||Central Piedmont Community College|
Lennon has lived in Mecklenburg County for 35 years and has three children; two daughters who graduated from North Mecklenburg High School and a son in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She graduated from South Mecklenburg High School in 1979. She holds an associate degree in nursing from Central Piedmont Community College and a bachelor of arts in business administration from University of North Carolina Charlotte. Lennon is a registered nurse and works as a Clinical Liaison for a specialty infusion company. She started Families United for North Mecklenburg Education (FUME) in 2003 and has served on several education-related committees and boards.
Lennon ran for the District 1 seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Christine Mast.
Lennon won the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, District 1, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Rhonda Lennon Incumbent||34.8%||5,117|
|Source: Mecklenburg County, "Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013|
Lennon reported $4,050.00 in contributions and $2,069.07 in expenditures to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, which left her campaign with $1,980.93 on hand.
Lennon did receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
|Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, 4-year term, District 1, 2009|
|Source: "Mecklenburg County Board of Elections," "Municipal Election November 3, 2009," accessed September 11, 2013|
What was at stake?
Lennon's district 1 seat was at stake as well as the financial security of the district. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools experienced budget difficulties in recent years and the board hasd recently developed a school bond plan to reopen and expand current schools after closing some in 2010.
About the district
The county outperforms with the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (88.6%) is higher than the state of North Carolina (84.1%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Mecklenburg County (40.4%) compared to the state overall (26.5%). The median household income in Mecklenburg County is $55,994 compared to North Carolina's statewide median of $46,291.
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Website
- Campaign Website
- Mecklenburg County
- Public Schools of North Carolina
- "Rhonda Lennon for School Board, District 1," "About Me," accessed September 12, 2013
- "CMS Board of Education," "Rhonda Lennon," accessed September 12, 2013
- "Mecklenburg County Board of Elections," "Mecklenburg County Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013, 2013
- "2010 Census: Quick Facts," "Orange County," accessed September 5, 2013"
- The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed September 5, 2013