Most of you know that City voters will be asked on April 5 to retain the Earnings Tax for an additional five years ' and those who don't yet know will find mail in their boxes, calls on their recorders, and signs in their yards between now and then. Vote YES on Prop E.
I want to make sure, though, that an important candidacy is not overlooked on the April 5 ballot. Hattie R. Jackson, a veteran educator and dean at St. Louis Community College, is running for election to the Board of Trustees of St. Louis Community College.
I cannot overestimate how important STLCC is to the region's economy. The colleges' students are the trained workforce that employers find here ' or find in other cities and regions. It is essential that the STLCC leadership understand that. Hattie Jackson does.
There are few organizations interested in education in St. Louis that Hattie Jackson has not joined, advised, or improved. Her effort, which has earned her a case full of civic awards, has always been in the direction of building partnerships: between her colleges and the community, between her colleges and public school district, between public schools and their neighborhoods, between employers and those educating tomorrow's workers.
I have never seen Hattie Jackson discouraged or without a plan to make things better. Her energy, attitude, experience, and leadership belong on the STLCC Board. City voters should find her name on the April 5 ballot and vote for her. I will.
Her website is here: http://hattiejackson.com/