Wardine T. Alexander
Wardine T. Alexander currently serves as the District 7 member on the Birmingham City School Board. She successfully sought re-election against Lawrence Jackson and Darius Moore in the school board election on August 27, 2013.
Wardine Alexander is a longtime resident of the Birmingham area and attended the Birmingham City Schools during her childhood. Alexander received a B. S. in medical technology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She previously worked as a training manager at the American Red Cross and is currently a training supervisor at BioLife Plasma Services. Alexander has one son and is a member of Trinity Baptist Church. Alexander previously served as president of the Alabama State Association of Blood Banks. She also regularly volunteers in her community through her membership in the Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alexander was appointed to the school board in March 2013, following the resignation of member Alana Edwards Haynes.
|Birmingham City Schools, District 7 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Wardine T. Alexander Incumbent||51.2%||1,911|
|Source: Birmingham Office of the City Clerk, "City Election - August 27, 2013," accessed August 28, 2013 These results are unofficial and not certified. They will be updated once certified results are available.|
No campaign donations or expenditures for Wardine Alexander are available on the Alabama Secretary of State's website.
In 2013, Alexander was endorsed by the Birmingham Association of Realtors.
What was at stake?
All nine seats, including every board officer position, were at stake. Three members of the controversial "Gang of Five" coalition of board members were on the ballot. These members were Emanuel B. Ford, Virginia S. Volker and Tyrone H. Belcher, Sr., who all ran opposed races. Incumbents Carol E. Clarke, W. J. Maye Jr. and Phyllis F. Wyne will not be seeking re-election.
On June 26, 2012, the Alabama Department of Education assumed control of Birmingham City Schools after the school board failed to pass a measure that would have cut hundreds of jobs over two years to bring the district into compliance with state law. The discovery that schools in the district were operating without the mandated month of emergency reserve funds, which amounted to approximately $20 million, was another contributor to the state takeover. Since the takeover, the school board has consolidated seven schools and six office buildings in an effort to save the district approximately $8 million.
About the district
The Birmingham City School District was created in 1910 when the Alabama State Legislature passed a bill creating Greater Birmingham. Through this bill, 40 schools were annexed by the Birmingham Free School, most of them substandard and in disrepair. Birmingham City Schools is now comprised of 51 schools including 25 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, seven K-8 schools, seven high schools, and one alternative school.
Jefferson County outperforms the rest of Alabama in terms of median household income, poverty rates and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income for Jefferson County is $45,750 when compared to $42,934 for the state of Alabama. The percentage of people below poverty level for Jefferson County is 16.2% while it is 17.6% for the state of Alabama. The 2010 U.S. Census also found that 29.0% of Jefferson County residents aged 25 or older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.0% in Iowa
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