Candidacy Announcement: Dorothy McGaskey, School Board District 3, #55

Dorothy McGaskey

I am Dorothy Mallard McGaskey, a candidate for School Board Member, District 3. I was formerly married to Elijah, “George” McGaskey. We have two children, Terrance McGaskey and wife Marissa, and LaKira McGaskey, formerly, Howard. I have one granddaughter, Kylie Howard, a first grade student who will be attending L.P. Vaughn Elementary this fall, and two step-grandchildren, Aaliyah Collins, a graduate of Natchitoches Central High School (NCHS) this past school year, and Jaylon Collins who is presently a sophomore at NCHS.

Employed for the State of Louisiana Support Enforcement Services for twenty-one (21) years as a Support Enforcement Specialist, I have retired since 2007. Prior to employment with Support Enforcement, I was employed with the Office of Family Security as an Eligibility Worker. I am currently a Commissioner in Charge at the 13th Voting Precinct. I began as a Commissioner in 2006 and currently serve in the capacity as supervisor of the Commissioners. My responsibilities include ensuring the voting process will run efficiently and effectively as required, and that all eligible voters are allowed to vote according to State law. I am a member of First Baptist Church, North Street, serving on various committees, and am a member of the choir-Golden Voices.

Having completed postsecondary education at Northwestern State University (NSU), I obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Social Work. While attending NSU, I pledged Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, a community conscious, service oriented, national organization whose objectives are education, voter registration, and services to the community. After graduation I joined the graduate chapter, Mu Omega Zeta, and became the first president; later served as an undergraduate advisor and presently serve in the capacity of 2nd Vice President and Scholarship Chairman in the Chapter. I am a past president of Amicae, the adult women support organization and an active member of the Z/Hope Project of the graduate chapter of the sorority. I am a member of the Natchitoches Parish Voters and Civic League and serve as the Education Committee chairman. The Homeless Coalition, a non-profit organization that assists the Homeless population where our focus is to provide temporary shelter and sponsor the Share a Meal Program for the citizens of Natchitoches is an integral part of my community service. I also work with the Stop the Violence Program, one that’s dedicated to ensuring support for a safe environment in our community.

My goal as a School Board, District 3, member is to be a dedicated voice for the children who are our future. I will represent them to the best of my ability and always vote in a manner which will be in the best interest of children and the educational community. I ask the parents and community to please remember that our school district will always need continuous support and involvement. Children are our most precious jewels and they have to be molded to become responsible adults. Education is the main pathway for their future. I am compassionate about my future role in serving as part of the Natchitoches Parish School Board representing District 3. With your help by Voting #55 I look forward to being a part of the decision-making process to assist in determining that children receive an excellent education.
Contact: Dorothy McGaskey Phone: (318) 527-1968

7 thoughts on “Candidacy Announcement: Dorothy McGaskey, School Board District 3, #55

  1. Seems qualified. She has demonstrated past leadership skills and participation in a wide range of organizations.

    The fact that she’s worked at the State of Louisiana Support Enforcement Services and the Office of Family Security makes her highly aware of the dire circumstances some of our children and families are in. I think her work for The Homeless Coalition, Share A Meal, and Stop the Violence Program evidences a strong desire to help people. Such qualities are what any elected official should have.

    That said, where are our educators in this election? People with classroom experience, everyday contact with kids? Some kids spend more of their waking hours with teachers than with their parents. And unlike a lot of parents, teachers completely devote their time, attention, and energy to the children sitting at those desks whether it’s for one hour or all day.

  2. Been reading these bios on School Board candidates, and thanks to this medium, the NPJ for providing this. What I have yet to see is a truly qualified candidate. Being “concerned” about your children and grandchildren is understandable, but is not enough to qualify someone to determine the course of a school system.

    The current SB, as with past ones, has been a bad joke. Why is Natchitoches Parish consistently at the bottom statewide? The SB is supposed to be the leadership of parish schools. All they have done is lead Natchitoches straight to the bottom. Based on who is running, the incumbents and these challengers, I don’t see any positive change coming anytime soon.

  3. Congratulations on your candidacy for school board. We need more qualified people with the right background and ideas to fill all positions on the Natchitoches Parish School Board. A clean sweep of Board members is a must in this upcoming election. Time for new and stronger leadership…time to end conflict among member of the Board…time to get serious business done.

  4. Good luck. I think you will be the best person to represent your district; but, people in Natchitoches seem to always want uneducated people in those positions. I wonder why?

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