Daagye Hendricks

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Daagye Hendricks
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Candidate for
Board Member, Birmingham City School Board, District 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 27, 2013
Next generalOctober 8, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sClark Atlanta University
ProfessionParking and ground transportation manager
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Daagye Hendricks was a candidate for the vacant District 4 seat on the Birmingham City School Board. Hendricks received enough votes in the general election on August 27, 2013 to continue on to the runoff election on October 8, 2013. She defeated Gwen Sykes in the October 8, 2013 Runoff election. Hendricks campaigned for placing an emphasis on every child's education, supporting district teachers and greater school board engagement with the community.


Daagye Hendricks resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her son, who is entering the fifth grade as a student in the Birmingham City School District.[1] Hendricks graduated with a B.A. in Finance from Clark Atlanta University in 1996.[2] Hendricks is currently studying in the Executive Master's of Business Administration program at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.[3] Hendricks began her career with GE Capital as a Client Service Manager before joining the family business, Wee Care Academy, as the Vice President of Operations.[1][2] Her parents began the day care and after-school program in 1989, and she was employed there from 1999 to 2005.[2][4] Hendricks then spent time with the Birmingham Airport Authority as an Employment Officers before taking her current position as the Parking and Ground Transportation Manager for Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport.[2]



See also: Birmingham City School District Elections (2013)

Daagye Hendricks ran for the District 4 seat on the Birmingham City School Board against Gwen Sykes. Hendricks and Sykes defeated fellow newcomer Rodney Huntley in the general election held on August 27, 2013. Since no candidate received a majority of the vote, Hendricks and Sykes continued on to a runoff election on October 8, 2013.[5]

Birmingham City Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGwen Sykes 41.3% 1,235
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDaagye Hendricks 39.6% 1,185
     Nonpartisan Rodney Huntley 19.1% 570
Total Votes 2,990
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.

Birmingham City Schools, District 4 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDaagye Hendricks 73.8% 730
     Nonpartisan Gwendolyn Sykes 26.2% 259
Total Votes 989
Source: MyFoxAL.com, "Birmingham Election Run Off Results," accessed October 9, 2013 These results are unofficial and not certified. They will be updated once certified results are available.


As of August 28, 2013, no campaign donations or expenditures for Daagye Hendricks had been reported to the Alabama Secretary of State.[6]


Daagye Hendricks received an official endorsement for her campaign from the Birmingham Association of Realtors.[7]

Campaign themes

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

  • "I believe EVERY CHILD CAN LEARN … resources, opportunities, and exposure are all that separate individual achievements of children."
  • "I believe that our system needs leaders who will find creative and collaborative ways to affect policy on behalf of our children, because they are our most precious resource!"
  • "I believe that I can provide a unique perspective to the Board as a parent who has worked in many schools and in many districts. I support our teachers and students and believe that we must include their needs when making decisions in our system."
  • "I believe that Board members should work together for the best results for our children"
  • "I believe we should be available to our community and willing to engage them in policy and not operate on separate islands."
  • "I believe there is a direct relationship between quality schools and neighborhood economic development."

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

What was at stake?

Nine seats, including every board officer position, were at stake on August 27, 2013. 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., all of whom lost their re-election bids.[8] Incumbents Carol E. Clarke, W. J. Maye Jr. and Phyllis F. Wyne did not seek re-election.[9] Districts 1, 4 and 6 held runoff elections on October 8, 2013.[10]

State 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.[11] 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.[12] Since the takeover, the school board has consolidated seven schools and six office buildings in an effort to save the district approximately $8 million.[12]

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.[13]


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.[14]


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[15]

Racial Demographics, 2012[15]
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[16]
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

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[17]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 (timed out) Daagye Hendricks Campaign Website, "Index," accessed July 23, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 LinkedIn, "Daagye Hendricks," accessed July 23, 2013
  3. Weld for Birmingham, "List for District 4 BOE seat pared to four candidates," November 6, 2012
  4. Birmingham Business Journal, "Hendricks fosters Wee Care into a 13-unit success," January 26, 2003
  5. Stan Diel, AL.com, "Sykes, Hendricks go to runoff in Birmingham's District 4 BOE race," August 27, 2013
  6. Alabama Secretary of State, "FCPA Filing Details," accessed August 28, 2013
  7. Jon Reed, AL.com, "Birmingham Association of Realtors announces endorsements in mayor, council, school board races," August 16, 2013
  8. Marie Leech, AL.com, "Three incumbent Birmingham school board members voted out (update)," August 27, 2013
  9. Marissa Mitchell, ABC 3340, "Qualifying candidates for Birmingham mayoral, city council, school board races," July 12, 2013
  10. Brianne Britzius, Fox 6, "William Bell wins new term as Birmingham mayor," August 28, 2013
  11. Sherea Harris and Brianne Britzius, Fox 6 WBRC, "State will take over Birmingham schools starting Wednesday," July 3, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 Evan Belanger, AL.com, "Birmingham schools intervention could stretch into fall 2014, education official says," June 27, 2013
  13. Birmingham City Schools, "History of the Birmingham City Schools" accessed July 16, 2013
  14. United States Census Bureau, "Guide to 2010 Census State and Local Geography - Alabama," accessed August 13, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 United States Census Bureau, "Jefferson County Quick Facts," accessed August 13, 2013
  16. Alabama Secretary of State, "Elections Information," accessed August 14, 2013
  17. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014