I’m running for the New Hanover County School Board.
I’m Melissa Mason, and I will make positive change in our schools. I’m a mom with two boys enrolled in New Hanover County Schools. I became concerned about school leadership during the COVID lockdowns. When I started attending School Board meetings, I found the current board unresponsive to the concerns of parents. And they were not holding the Superintendent accountable.
I am running for School Board to make our schools safe, restore trust in our schools, and to give parents back their rights. I am also the only candidate to have signed the Education Over Indoctrination Pledge.
On April 28, I pledged to fight with my utmost to:
- Remove 100% of CRT, SEL, EDI, and Woke Indoctrination from the curriculum and administration;
- Make school choice available to all parents, including advocating for 100% of the money to follow the child;
- Remove all obscene material from the schools, and age-inappropriate sexual content from all curricula;
- Fire Superintendent Dr. Foust for cause; and,
- Defend parents’ rights by ending the Gender Support Plan.
Today, I stand alone as the only current candidate who has signed this pledge. Because it’s still the right thing to do.
I’m an Educator
I teach American Sign Language (ASL) at Cape Fear Community College, where I have been for five years. Prior to that, I spent 13 years as a Speech Therapist at the Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD). I received my Masters in Deaf Education from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.
At RSD, I worked one-on-one with deaf students, from ages 5 to 21. I worked with teachers and parents to develop Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges teachers face tailoring instruction to each child.
Teachers must be allowed to run their own classrooms! I stand against over-burdening teachers with non-academic tasks that serve the central office, while taking time away from the students. If we get back to the basics of reading, writing, and math, outcomes will improve for kids and teachers.
I’m a Military Wife
I raised an infant and a toddler while my husband Scott was away on two tours in Afghanistan. I embrace the sacrifice that comes with service.
I serve in my church, LifePoint, where I volunteer working with kids every Sunday. As a candidate, part of my service has been to keep the community informed on the issues. I will continue that duty on the School Board – I will not let this community be kept in the dark.
I am a Leader
The School Board needs to control the Superintendent and hold him accountable. Academic failures, seclusion room abuse, and acting without approval of the Board are just a few of the reasons we must fire Dr. Foust.
And yet, I am the only candidate to have called for his termination! This community needs to muster the will to remove failing administrators. To do so, we must elect Board members who have the conviction to do so.
I will hold the Superintendent’s office accountable, and make the School Board accountable to you, the voters of New Hanover County. And together, we will take our schools back.
Schools need to teach reading, writing, and math.
Schools need to respect children’s boundaries.
Schools need to respect parents’ rights.