On Nov. 2, residents of Montgomery County will be able to vote for candidates for Districts 1, 3 and 5 and at-large for the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education. Despite what district voters lives in, they will be able to vote for the open seats in all districts and the at-large candidates. The at-large seat represents the interests of residents countywide. Patch reached out to all school board candidates and will report their answers as they come in.
Lisa Lloyd, a Potomac resident, is 46 years old and married with four children. She has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and spent 10 years in market development and production planning for Toyota Motor Sales. Lloyd is certified in medical, technical and legal translation and is a Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations representative for Beverly Farms Elementary School.
Patch: What are your top two priorities should you win?
Lisa Lloyd: Board of Education accountability to the citizens, in the areas of budget, curriculum and grievance procedures.
Patch: How do you rate the current Board of Education?
LL: Fair to poor. It is relatively easy to take credit for some outstanding test scores, but it has been a closed and somewhat arrogantly operated bureaucracy, with little or no accountability to the county citizens.
Patch: What will you look for in a new superintendent?
LL: Our county should have a superintendent who is willing to work openly with the people he/she is serving and prepared to be accountable to the Board of Education; open-minded and open-door work ethic.
Patch: What is lacking in the Montgomery County curriculum?
LL: Teaching about the greatness of America and the principles upon which this country was founded.
Patch: How should the Montgomery County board continue the work it's done with the test achievement gap with fewer resources over the next few years?
LL: I don't believe we'll have fewer resources. Once we streamline operations (without cutting any classroom teachers), we will have saved sufficient financial resources needed to continue the areas of excellence and improve upon areas of weakness.