Murphy will seek re-election to school board

Mary Kay Murphy, District III representative of the Gwinnett County Board of Education, has announced she will seek re-election.

"I am running for another term to continue my work as a builder of Gwinnett County K-12 public schools and communities," Murphy said. "I have a strong record of curriculum reform, fiscal responsibility and student safety in our 133 local public schools."

In her 16th year on the school board, Murphy is a lifelong educator. She was a public school teacher for seven years in Georgia and California. She has worked at the Georgia Department of Education, the Southern Regional Education Board, Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, Oglethorpe University and Morehouse School of Medicine as Associate Vice President.

She holds a master's degree in English and education from Emory University and a PhD in Education Administration from Georgia State University.

Murphy cited the district's receipt of the Broad Prize in 2010, high SAT scores and top-notch bond ratings during her time on the school board. "We have achieved much, but there is more work to be done," Murphy said. "I want to be part of that vital movement forward."

Murphy will run against challenger Jen Falk, a local education activist, who announced plans to run for the post in January. Murphy's term expires in December of 2012. The terms of board members Louise Radloff and Carole Boyce also expire in December.

Boyce has announced she will seek re-election, and Radloff has not yet made an announcement.

For more about Murphy's campaign, visit www.marykaymurphy.com or www.marykaymurphy.org.


Award88 3 years, 3 months ago

I look forward to supporting Dr. Murphy in her quest for re-election. She is actively involved in the schools that she represents. I believe she has done an exemplary job representing her school board district, arguably one of the most diverse areas in the county and the state.


DDE 3 years, 3 months ago

Time for her to go. She stabbed the Duluth schools in the back - first she was against the redistricting plan then she voted for it. Wilbanks lackey. Vote for Jen Falk.


HonestIngine 3 years, 3 months ago

"Not a grey hari in my head". LOL Time for her to put up her backpack. She not only stabbed Duluth, but all of Peachtree Corners with her stand on their cityhood. Talk about a woman who should not be involved with the School Board., she has lost a lot of support in Ptree Corners. Her, Rice and Howard all need to be voted out of office. They have run their course in Gwinnett. Time to move on....New blood. These lifetime politicians have bleed the county out of enough money.


Ashley 3 years, 3 months ago

She ran the bus over Duluth and then backed up to run us over again. I cannot believe she even would consider running again.


Mack711 3 years, 3 months ago

We need term limits for this and other offices within the county. Mrs. Murphy and her record are a great example for term limits. She has grown to 'comfortable' in this position and has hurt the school system while not listening to the parents of our children. Will not be voting for her in the up coming election.


apsLilburn 3 years, 3 months ago

Sixteen years is way too long for "public service". It's not supposed to be a lifelong career.


DrDocEdD 3 years, 3 months ago

Murphy is not the problem in GCPS. She is reasonable, but she listens to the people with the loudest voice. The Associate and Area Supers are the real problems. They are full of themselves and have this demigogic air about them. Boyce is a nice lady but she backs down in the fight for the sake of harmony. We need fighters. Dr. McClure is knowledgable but has an ultraconservative agenda. Seck seems distracted of late with his own fiancial problems. Louise Radloff is the strongest member on the Board. She is the glue. She is sharp but I think she is getting tired of the fight to hold it all down. I hope she decides to run again. If she doesn't we will definitely need some strong new blood with her energy. I believe Wilbanks has the general interest of educating children at heart. But his support staff has created this air of distrust and dog eat dog environment. They get distracted easily by the threat of bad publicity. Upper management is thick with skeletal remains. Too many political favors are being made. Over all though, Gwinnettians, you have a solid school system because of the AKS system. It really works. Lets hope the county will follow suit and reduce standardized tests, no more AYP crap, and teachers can be creative again. Watch how this system will flourish. ((I HOPE)). But parent involvement is paramount. You can't totally transfer that responsibility to the school system. You also have a majority of your teachers who genuinely care. It could be worse.


ssilover1 3 years, 3 months ago

Dr. Murphy listens. She may not make the decision YOU want, but she does her homework and makes the BEST decision. And, by the way, there are five new Area Superintendents. They have not upacked yet...so don't judge them by anything yet. They are five reasonable people and deserve everyone's support. You guys are eaten up with your own agenda regarding redistricting. Get beyond that and support the schools where your chiildren attend.


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