Hoping to continue making progress in our schools and to be a voice for students, teachers and parents, Jamie Haynes is running for re-election to the Volusia County School Board, District 1.
“I truly am dedicated to all of the students in Volusia County,” said Haynes, “and ensuring that they receive the best academic education possible.”
Elected to the Volusia County School Board in 2018, Jamie has accomplished everything, from ensuring teachers have the textbooks and other resources they need, to visiting schools and working with students and teachers.
“There’s not a department that I haven’t worked in or with in my career,” said Haynes. “I read every single document that is put up for a School Board meeting. I read it, I analyze it, I ask questions ahead of time, and I make decisions based on what is best for students.”
As chair of the internal audit committee, which requires school boards to make sure they are spending money accurately, Jamie has already found ways to save money and streamline some of the processes to be more cost-efficient. If re-elected, Jamie’s primary focus would be to have the school-system budget built from the classroom level up, instead of top down.
“The people who impact a child every day are the classroom teachers who provide great instruction, the bus drivers who transport them, the School Way Cafe workers who prepare the food, the paraprofessionals who give students that one-on-one attention, and the principals who are on those campuses ensuring that the students are safe,” said Haynes. “That’s where our money should be. The bulk of our money should be at that level.”
Jamie started her career as an educator in Volusia County 36 years ago as a classroom teacher, and brings knowledge to the School Board on what every day looks like for a teacher. “I want to make sure that teachers have a voice at the table,” said Haynes. “I bring 36 years of experience in educational and institutional knowledge to this job role. I’m current on what’s happening in our schools, because I’ve taught at all levels and am involved daily on our campuses.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic started, Jamie worked to ensure that no child went hungry. “I knew that our Title I students and those in higher poverty would struggle to eat,” said Haynes, “so I went to our superintendent and said, ‘We need to find a way to feed our kids.’ We opened up 23 schools and started serving food out of them, and then delivered food to 110 bus stops in Volusia County.”
Jamie then started handing out technology so learning could continue. “I helped hand out iPads, tablets and laptops to students,” said Haynes. “We’re coming off of a rough time, but even during the hardest time we were still able to make progress.”
Jamie is a single mother of two grown children, and a grandmother to two grandchildren, with another on the way. Jamie graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and mathematics. After graduating, she moved to Volusia County to teach, and started her career at Enterprise Elementary School. While teaching, she earned a master’s degree in early childhood, and elementary curriculum and instruction from Nova University.
Jamie is the current School Board vice chair and is a Director for Volusia County on the state of Florida School Boards Association board of directors. She has been endorsed by the Florida Republican Hispanic Assembly, The Republican Assembly and Liberty Caucus, the Volusia County Republican Executive Committee, Moms for Liberty, Volusia/Flagler Central Florida Labor Council, Gov. Ron DeSantis, and a number of former students, teachers and administrators that Jamie has worked with in the past.
Learn more about Jamie Haynes by visiting jamiemhaynesforschoolboard.com, or call 386-717-0086.
Cast your ballot for Jamie Haynes for Volusia County School Board, in District 1, during the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
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