Each year, five devoted members of the community are selected by the community to make up the Winton Woods City Schools Board of Education. This year, the district welcomed two new board members Debra Bryant and Brandon Smith. They joined Winton Woods Board President Viola Johnson, Vice President Jeff Berte, and board member Paula Kuhn. Bryant and Smith were sworn in at the board organizational meeting on January 11.
After being elected, Ms. Bryant, a twenty-year resident of Forest Park and active member of Forest Park WeThrive, said she felt extremely excited. She further described it as a surreal feeling that the community entrusted her with a position as a member of the board. “I’ve been an active stakeholder in the community for some time. My passion is serving the community,” Bryant said, who is a nurse by profession and is currently a doctoral student at Northern Kentucky University pursuing a Doctor of Educational Leadership. Bryant is a mother of three adult children and a grandmother to two future Winton Woods Warriors. One of the things she hopes to do is get the district health center staffed and up and running. “If children can’t see or can’t hear, they can’t learn or perform at their best ability. Also, making sure we are not only putting our physical health but the mental health of the students at the forefront as well.” Bryant said she looks forward to being able to connect and have more interaction with the community.
While most candidates seek to be elected, Brandon Smith, a thirty-year resident of Forest Park, had a different journey. “People asked me for years and told me ‘you would be a great asset’ and ‘we need someone like you on the board’,” said Smith, a Winton Woods Class of 2002 Alum. As you can guess, he eventually pursued adding his name to the election ballot. He also looks forward to continuing to work with our students. Smith started volunteering with the high school band in 2010 and helps wherever it is needed. “I’ve worked with the English Department and Science Department. I’ve worked with Superintendent Smith for a staff convocation event. Whenever my district calls me, I do it,” Smith said. In 2006, he graduated from Ohio University with a bachelors of science in Communication. He is currently a technology project manager for Duke Energy Corporation. When asked how it felt to be an elected official, he said it did not hit him until he attended a local event where everyone was stopping him to thank and congratulate him. “I’m excited to be a part of the district on another level, and I look forward to what we can do to elevate the district,” said Smith. The Winton Woods City Schools board of education holds a meeting each month for the public to attend. Dates can be found at the district website and calendar.