Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education members Maia Pearson and Savion Castro announced their bid for re-election in a joint press release Friday.
Maia Pearson, a graduate of Madison schools and the current school board vice president, has served on the school board for three years. Pearson was elected in April 2021 when she ran unopposed for the open seat when Gloria Reyes decided to not seek a second term.
“These past couple of years have been challenging for public education in Madison, our state, and our nation,” she said in a statement.” Despite these challenges, Madison continues as a community to work together to ensure our young people get the best education possible and that our educators and staff are supported. With the hiring of our new superintendent and the development of our budget, we have an opportunity to expand the capabilities of public education and what it means to our community. I believe that the way we do that is to work together. As a school board member, I have worked to support our young people and their voice, our staff and educators, and build better relationships with our community partners. There is still a lot of work to do, that is why I am running for re-election. Let’s continue to make Madison schools stronger, together.”
Savion Castro, also a graduate of Madison schools and the current operations workgroup chair, has served on Madison’s School Board for four years. He was appointed to the board in April 2019 to replace Mary Burke, who resigned from the board. He won election in 2020 to serve out that term and then ran again in 2021 unopposed for a three-year term.
“Serving on the MMSD board of education has been the honor of a lifetime,” he said in a statement. “Though challenging, I am proud of all we have accomplished for our students, staff and community in the last 4 years. This next year, with the hiring of a new superintendent and budget, will bring more challenges and opportunities to improve the educational experiences of our young people. I’m running again because we need to continue to support our staff, grow early childhood education opportunities, and support our young people in every way as they grow in our community.”
No challengers have announced candidacies for either seat. If there are more than two candidates for any seat, a primary election will be held in February. The spring general election is set for April 2, 2024.