For release July 17, 2007
Michael Kelley Files for City School Board
Michael (Mike) Kelley today filed for re-election to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education. He is a parent of four children who attend or have attended district schools. He was initially elected to the board in 2003.
"While our community has long placed a high priority on public education we need to be efficient in how we continue to deliver a high quality education to all children. This year’s budget process was more challenging than usual and suggests continuing challenges ahead. We need to continue to improve our school system to adapt to a changing world but need to do so in a way that is as cost effective as possible. As we go forward, the continuing challenges facing our schools need to be managed to maximize the opportunity for excellence for each child."
During his tenure on the board, Kelley has participated in multiple board committees including Redistricting Committees in 2006 and 2007, Curriculum Advisory Committee, Drug Abuse Task Force, Health Advisory Committee, Technology Advisory Committee, and board liaison to Head Start Policy Council, Special Needs Advisory Committee, and the School Improvement Team (previously School Governance Committee) at several schools. He is also a member of the North Carolina School Board Association’s Legislative Committee, which helps set the legislative platform for the state-wide organization.
Before joining the board in 2003, Kelley has been a parent school volunteer and active in other education-related organizations. As a result of redistricting, a move, and program participation, Kelley's four children have attended half the schools in the district. "With about 18 more child-years of education before our children are through high school, we continue to be committed to the public schools." In the fall, he will have one child in elementary, middle, and high school, and the fourth in college.
Kelley, 47, is a physician scientist at Duke University and the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. He divides his professional time between medicine and research. He is chief of the Hematology/Oncology service at the Durham VA Hospital. His research focuses on the treatment and prevention of lung cancer.
Kelley is married to Elise Hoffman. Prior to coming to Chapel Hill in 1998, he worked at the National Cancer Institute in Maryland. Kelley received his undergraduate education from Monroe County Community College and the University of Michigan, and earned his medical degree in 1985 from the University of Michigan.
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