Edited by AZI Staff
Ericka Nicholes is officially a candidate for the Roosevelt School District Governing Board. After turning in nearly 700 signatures, her name will be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Nicholes has been a resident of Phoenix for 16 years and has resided in the Roosevelt School Districts since 2010. She has been extremely active in the community serving as the public affairs chair for the Junior League of Phoenix and a member of the Board of Directors for the Native Health. In her outreach to the community, she cites the need for change and for new leadership.
“Our school district is financially devastated due to a $4.4 million deficit,” said Nicholes. “That deficit resulted in lost services and resources that have a direct impact on our children’s education. We should not have to consider sending our children out of the district to a charter school or a private school when we have public schools in our neighborhood. Our neighborhood schools should be our first school of choice, not our last resort”
Nicholes sited the lack of oversight of the District’s budget as a major concern that should have all parents worried. In addition, the recent call out by school bus drivers (which led to students left on bus stops), is another area where District leadership has fallen short.
“Our kids were left on a bus stop with no transportation to school,” said Nicholes. “Parents were left without truthful answers. At first, we were told the drivers had called out sick. In fact, it was due to due to a conflict between the drivers and the Board.” Nicholes said this information was provided at a recent meeting of the District Governing Board.
For these reasons, and many others, Nicholes has been visiting neighborhood after neighborhood meeting with parents to hear their concerns. There are three seats on the Nov. 8 ballot and she hopes to claim one of them. She wants to be an advocate for children and a voice for their parents.
Ericka Nicholes is director of Community Relations for one of the top neurological rehab facilities in Phoenix. She is the wife of Vince Nicholes. They are the proud parents of Ayanna, TaMara and Jalen and are in the process of becoming adoptive parents. The Nicholes are members of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.
Information about her campaign is at erickanicholes.com.