Dr. Mary Kay Murphy Announces Re-election Plans

Dr. Murphy has served on the Gwinnett County Board of Education since January 1997 and as board chair in 2000, 2004 and 2010.


District III Gwinnett County Board of Education member Mary Kay Murphy, Ph.D., announced Thursday (Feb. 16) that she will seek re-election in November 2012. Her reapportioned school board district includes Duluth, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Suwanee, North Gwinnett and Sugar Hill.

“I am running for another term to continue my work as a builder of Gwinnett County k-12 public schools and communities,” Dr. Murphy said. “I have a strong record of curriculum reform, fiscal responsibility, and student safety in our 133 local public schools.”

Murphy has been a member of the Gwinnett school board since January 1997. She served as school board chairman in 2000, 2004 and 2010.

“In 2010 when I was board chair, we received the Eli and Edythe Broad Prize for Best Urban Public School System in the U.S. and a $1 million prize of student scholarships. Other achievements include GCPS consistently receiving AAA bond ratings from Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s,” she said. Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s are credit ratings services.

“Also, GCPS leads Georgia and the nation in SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores. In 2011, the average SAT score for GCPS was 1,511 – 66 points above Georgia’s average and 11 points above the U.S average. We have achieved much – but there is more work to be done. I want to be part of that vital movement forward.”

A life-long educator, Dr. Murphy was a public school teacher for seven years in Georgia and California. She has worked at the Georgia Department of Education, the Southern Regional Education Board, Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, Oglethorpe University, and for the past 10 years at Morehouse School of Medicine as associate vice president for institutional advancement.

She earned a master’s degree in English and education from Emory University in Atlanta and a doctorate in education administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Dr. Murphy has a Duluth mailing address but actually lives in the new city of Peachtree Corners.

To learn more about Dr. Murphy and her campaign, go to www.marykaymurphy.com or www.marykaymurphy.org.

Berkeley Lake resident Jen Falk, a longtime children’s advocate, has announced she will challenge Dr. Murphy for the District III school board position.

Duluth Mom February 17, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Well I have been very surprised twice this week in regards to Mary Kay Murphy. 1st .That she made her original announcement in the Duluth Patch on February 16th when she is a resident of Peachtree Corner and as such the announcement should have been made in the Peachtree Corners Patch. 2nd That Mary Kay’s plans to seek reelection was announce again in the Peachtree Corners Patch instead of as a “shared” story will all the comments. Below is the link: http://duluth.patch.com/articles/mary-kay-murphy-announces-for-re-election?ncid=following_comment By voting against the Duluth schools in her district last year Mary Kay has proved to me that she has no interest or energy to support the student or families in the Duluth cluster. With the additional schools in the North Gwinnett, Lanier, Peachtree Ridge and Collins Hill cluster into the District III area how is Mary Kay going to handle the added work load? It is time for a change of command on the Gwinnett County School board. It is time for the board to answer and listen to the concerns of the families and students they are supposed to protect. It is time for open discussions and not underhanded last minute deals. It is time for school board representatives to protect the interest of ALL the students in Gwinnett County not just the entitled few. The race needs to be decided by who is the best person for the job not by any political party that a candidate may support.
Judy Putnam February 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Duluth Mom: Let me explain why Ms. Murphy's announcement ran in the Duluth Patch and the Peachtree Corners Patch on separate days. Each Patch site is run independently, the editor of each Patch decides what stories are run and when. The Duluth Patch editor chose to run Ms. Murphy's announcement on Thursday, while I decided to run it today. I chose today simply because it fit in better with the lineup of stories I had planned for Friday. Ms. Murphy, as you know, represents schools in both Duluth and P'tree Corners thus her announcement is relevant to the readers in both of these Patches. I thank you for writing, we always strive to be as clear as possible to our readers.


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