Candidate Betsy Vaughn: Lee School Board District 7 (At-Large)



I am a candidate for Lee County School Board in District 7, one of two newly created at-large districts, which will expand the board from five members to seven. As a member of the Lee County School Board I plan to build bridges rather than to create walls. The current board has been mired in controversy and has gained the reputation of being a dysfunctional body. My first step will be to help to restore credibility to the Board – an essential move to enable the Board to successfully move forward!

My roots are in New Jersey, where I earned a B.A. in English from Upsala College and a M. Ed from The College of New Jersey.  I recently retired from a 38-year career as a secondary Language Arts teacher, including 19 years as an English department chair in Texas.  In 2005 I moved from Texas to Fort Myers to be closer to my two adult daughters and my two grandchildren (who attend Lee County schools). I spent the last eight years of my career here in Lee County at Estero High School. I am currently active in many community organizations and volunteer activities, including serving as a Guardian ad Litem child advocate

A priority as a board member is to ensure fiscal responsibility by cutting costs and by being proactive in seeking new, sustainable sources of revenue to dig the LCSD out of its deep hole of debt. I support the establishment of a modified choice system to reduce transportation costs and cut the amount of time children spend on the bus.

I believe that the way to retain high quality teachers is to offer competitive salaries and benefits for veteran teachers as well as for beginning teachers and to give teachers meaningful input into their own professional development and into school-based leadership.

I want to establish a working relationship between the Lee County School Board, the Lee County Commission and local city councils so that all government entities may work in tandem toward the goal of enhancing life in our community.


Betsy Vaughn