|Board Member, Toledo Public Schools, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
Lefevre graduated from Baylor University and has been a teacher for over 27 years. He currently teaches social studies at Sylvania Northview High School. Lefevre has two children whom have attended TPS, and his son will graduate from college next year with a teaching degree.
- See also: Toledo Public Schools elections (2013)
|Toledo Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Bob Vasquez Incumbent||19.3%||16,715|
|Nonpartisan||Randall Parker III||10.8%||9,333|
|Source: Lucas County of Ohio, "Election Summary Report for General Election in Lucas County, Ohio," accessed December 13, 2013|
The Lucas County Democratic Party endorsed Lefevre, as well as the teachers' union.
In an October 2013 interview with the Toledo Free Press, Lefevre stated the following when asked about his campaign priorities:
What are the three most crucial issues — in order of importance — facing TPS? What would you do as a board member to address the issues you identify?
We must promote pride and a sense of respect in our schools. We must demonstrate that TPS is the right choice for an education in Toledo. We can reverse the trend towards the unsuccessful charter schools by exposing them for what they really represent and by revealing the good things happening every single day in our public schools. I am absolutely convinced that the success of Toledo is rooted in the success of Toledo Public Schools. As a board member, I will work to achieve that goal at all times.
Finally, we must continue to develop partnerships with the businesses and non-profits of our community. The socio-economic challenges of our community and, especially of our students, are not insignificant, but they are not insurmountable. We as a community must work together to improve opportunities for our children. I pledge to work with all groups in our community with the primary goal of improving the lives of our youngest members.
TPS currently has a renewal levy on the ballot that will raise approximately $16 million annually for five years, or about the annual savings that can be obtained by implementing the performance audit recommendations. Why should the TPS renewal levy be approved by voters?
Ohio statutes require that TPS teachers and principals have regular performance evaluations with student performance on standardized tests a component of the evaluation. Should teachers and principals be held directly accountable for student performance in their individual performance evaluations? Why or why not?
Ohio is currently implementing national standards regarding the skills and knowledge all students need for success, referred to as the “Common Core.” Why do you support or oppose the adoption of these standards?
What was at stake?
Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Only one of the three incumbents filed for re-election. Voters also decided in favor of a $6.5 million levy for the district.
About the district
- See also: Toledo Public Schools, Ohio
In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Lucas County underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 87.3% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $41,949 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate was 19.5%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Kevin Moore Toledo Free Press, "School Board Candidate Profile: Perry Lefevre," published October 24, 2013
- Nolan Rosenkrans The Blade, "Lucas County Democrats snub Vasquez for TPS board," published September 20, 2013
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Elections & Voting: Campaign Finance," accessed December 26, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Lucas County," accessed October 21, 2013
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- Lucas County Board of Elections, "Historic Election Results," accessed October 21, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014