Introducing New AASD School Board Member Pastor Alvin Dupree
Posted on 04/26/2017
The Appleton Area School District is proud to welcome our newest school board member, Pastor Alvin Dupree. Along with being a member of the board and the CESA 6 Delegate, he will serve on the Programs & Services Committee. His term officially began April 24th, 2017 and will expire in 2020.

Please read his introduction below to learn more about what he hopes to achieve through his membership in the Board of Education.

Welcome Pastor Dupree!


Message from Board Member Pastor Dupree:

My fellow Community Members,

I am first and foremost a Man of God. I serve God, serve my family, serve my Church, served my country with 20 years active duty in the Marine Corp and now I am serving in civil service on the Appleton Area School District Board of Education. I simply want to thank the thousands of voters who took the time to go to the polls and cast their votes for me and the other board members. I promise to keep in mind I am not here for myself, but rather for the community I am privileged to serve. I know I am standing on the shoulders of countless men and women who also love our community and although I am in the seat, I can glean from the years of hard work which has already been done and continues to be accomplished. I bring a unique perspective to the board, one of inclusivity, without excluding any of our children, educators, or community. As a Man of God, I believe God has ordered my steps and prepared me for this ever changing community. I am a servant leader, serving God’s people as Jesus served. I will be serving with and alongside of our educators, administrators and fellow board members to give all our children the best possible education.

As the first African American to be elected to the Appleton Area School District Board of Education, my desire is to ensure all children have the same educational and social opportunities available to them no matter race, ethnicity, social class, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or whatever category a child may fall into. I also believe being elected as the first African American indicates that our community is ready to embrace diversity and not just talk about it. I desire that we continue to grow and embrace people from all walks of life.

I am a firm believer in the public school system. My siblings and I grew up in the Kansas City, Kansas public school system. Because of a public-school education, I have a brother who serves as a District Attorney, a brother who serves as a circuit court Judge, and I have an earned doctorate degree. I believe the public-school system can be improved with community engaged leadership and focus on ensuring a quality education is made accessible to everyone; while keeping in mind equity and equality are most important. Equity means doing what is needed for the child as an individual for them to succeed knowing we come from different backgrounds and life experiences. We cannot operate as a community and district with the methodology “one size fits all” because we have a rapidly changing community. Equality means everyone has the opportunity for this equity in our school district.

I am honored and humbled to be elected to the School Board and I am excited to be joining an outstanding team. I invite you to join us as a community striving to work together for our children who are our future. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have a suggestion, concern, or a good story to share. I look forward to working with our community and want to say thank you for your support of our most valuable assets, all our children!

Blessings,
Pastor Alvin T. Dupree, Jr. PhD



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