Lee Garrison

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Lee Garrison
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Tuscaloosa City Board of Education Chair
Member-elect
Elections and appointments
Last electionAugust 27, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Tuscaloosa City Council District 4
1997 - 2013
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alabama
Personal
ProfessionBusiness executive
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Lee Garrison is the Chair of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education. He defeated Denise Hills in the August 27, 2013 general election assumed his seat on November 4, 2013. He has represented District 4 on the Tuscaloosa City Council since his election in 1997. Garrison's campaign promoted improved student achievement, higher graduation rates and a more challenging curriculum.[1]

Biography

Garrison earned his Bachelor's degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama. While enrolled in college, Garrison led a successful campaign for the District 4 seat on the Tuscaloosa City Council. He is currently the Vice President of Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA Inc. Garrison has served as a board member of the Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission and the Black Warrior Council Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Misty, have one child.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Tuscaloosa City School District elections (2013)

Garrison defeated Denise Hills in the August 27, 2013 general election for the Chair of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education.

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.

2009

Garrison was unopposed for the District 4 position on the Tuscaloosa City Council for the August 25, 2009 election.

2005

Garrison was successful in his 2005 campaign against Elliott Owen Lipinsky for the District 4 seat on the Tuscaloosa City Council.[3]

Tuscaloosa City Council, District 4, 2005
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLee Garrison 80.4% 585
     Nonpartisan Elliott Owen Lipinsky 19.6% 143
Total Votes 728

2001

In 2001, Lee Garrison was unopposed for the District 4 seat on the Tuscaloosa City Council.

Campaign themes

2013

Garrison's campaign website listed the following themes for 2013:[4]

Student Achievement

"We will focus on student achievement by setting the following goals:

1. All students perform at or above proficiency and show continuous improvement

2. All students will succeed

3. Every student graduates from high school

4. Every student graduates high school prepared for a career or college"

At-risk Children

"We will expand on initiatives to address at-risk children so they are prepared to succeed in the classroom. Expansion of our successful Pre-K program is a great place to start. Children do not drop out of school at seventeen years old; in reality they drop out in third grade because they cannot read at grade level. We must close the gap!"

School Athletics

"Academics will be our main focus, but we will also work to improve our athletic programs in our schools to provide championship-level athletics for our children."

Transparency

"We will improve transparency, accountability, and civility on our Tuscaloosa City Board of Education.

1. We will move Board meetings to local schools and televise our meetings. We as a board will have an open-door policy to citizens, administrators and teachers.

2. Your Board of Education will be accountable to the taxpayers of our city. The tired excuses of the past are no longer acceptable when you elect me as Chair.

3. Your Board will conduct business in a civil and respectful manner. If we expect our children to be civil and respectful in the classroom, then we as a board must lead by example."

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.[5]

Demographics

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[5]
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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