Wardine T. Alexander

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Wardine T. Alexander
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Board Member, Birmingham City School Board, District 7
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 27, 2013
First electedAugust 27, 2013
AppointedMarch 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham
Personal
ProfessionTraining supervisor at BioLife Plasma Services

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.

Biography

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.[1] She previously worked as a training manager at the American Red Cross and is currently a training supervisor at BioLife Plasma Services.[2] Alexander has one son and is a member of Trinity Baptist Church.[1] Alexander previously served as president of the Alabama State Association of Blood Banks.[1] She also regularly volunteers in her community through her membership in the Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.[1] Alexander was appointed to the school board in March 2013, following the resignation of member Alana Edwards Haynes.[3]

Elections

2013

Opposition

Alexander was opposed by Lawrence Jackson and Darius Moore for the District 7 seat in the August 27 school board election.

Election results

Birmingham City Schools, District 7 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWardine T. Alexander Incumbent 51.2% 1,911
     Nonpartisan Lawrence Jackson 39.6% 1,480
     Nonpartisan Darius Moore 9.2% 343
Total Votes 3,734
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.

Funding

No campaign donations or expenditures for Wardine Alexander are available on the Alabama Secretary of State's website.

Endorsements

In 2013, Alexander was endorsed by the Birmingham Association of Realtors.[4]

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.[5]

Stake takeover

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.[6] 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.[7] Since the takeover, the school board has consolidated seven schools and six office buildings in an effort to save the district approximately $8 million.[7]

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.[8]

Location

Birmingham City Schools is located in Jefferson County, Alabama
Birmingham City School District is located in Jefferson County, Alabama. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama, located northeast of the capital, Montgomery. According to the 2010 US Census, Birmingham is home to 212,237 residents.[9]

Demographics

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[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[10]
Race Jefferson County (%) Alabama (%)
White 54.3 70.0
Black or African American 42.6 26.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.7
Asian 1.5 1.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.1 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.9 4.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[11]
Year Democratic Vote Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote Republican Vote (%)
2012 159,876 52.50 141,683 46.53
2008 166,121 52.15 149,921 47.07
2004 132,286 45.15 158,680 54.16
2000 129,889 47.45 138,491 50.59

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