By Graham Kilmer
Dr. Michael Bonds was re-elected as president of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors on Tuesday.
Dr. Bond has served as board president since 2009, and won over his opponent Stephany Pruitt by a margin of over one thousand votes, according to the Milwaukee county election commission.
Bonds has been a member of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors since 2007.
He is also an associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies at UWMilwaukee.
He has also served as senior fiscal review analyst for the City of Milwaukee. “I’d like to thank the voters for their confidence in me,” said Bonds.
Bonds assured his voters that as board president he would remain a voice for the voiceless, and continue to put students first.
Bond’s believes that MPS is currently on the “right track”.
He stated that a mission of his would be to continue working to better integrate and expand the role of communities in regards to their local schools.
Bonds said he wants Milwaukee schools to become a “centerpiece of their communities.” According to Bonds, an important initiative, moving forward, will be working on a new model for busing.
He aims to solve some mobility issues for families that move and have children that wish to remain at their school.
Bonds said he would work to guarantee students transportation, especially in the central region, which encompasses many north side schools.
Pruitt, a licensed psychologist and counselor, ran on a platform of increasing support services for children at schools and developing community engagement.
Pruitt could not be reached for comment.