I have a tremendous amount of appreciation for the education my two boys (rising 6th and 9th graders) have received at Greenville County Schools, and a great respect for the teachers and staff I’ve met and worked alongside as a volunteer in my sons’ schools. Out of this gratitude, I have a deep desire to serve and give back to our GCS community. I have an open heart and a listening ear and want to hear what our community feels is working, and what isn’t so that I can help drive the best outcomes for all GCS students.
It’s never been more important to support our children’s mental health and wellbeing. If a student comes to school carrying a heavy emotional burden or is getting bullied at school, that issue needs to be addressed before any learning can take place. Our schools need more counselors and mental health resources to meet children where they are, address their needs, and set them up for success in and outside the classroom. It’s a basic need for children, and it’s a school-wide safety issue.
District 22 is blessed to have amazing, sought-after schools, and with that demand, comes ever-increasing housing costs. Many teachers can’t afford to live near their schools, and driving a long commute presents a quality-of-life issue. I want to advocate for affordable workforce housing that provides teachers and their families with the opportunity to live closer to the schools and communities where they work.
Equity in education is achieved when each student has equal access to the resources they need to be prepared for success after high school. For example, some schools need more interventionists, while others need more counseling support. Each school population has unique needs, and GCS should strive to ensure that all children get the resources they need to have a strong, fulfilling education that prepares them for life post-graduation.
My name is Lura Godfrey, and I’m running to represent our District 22 family, as well as all of Greenville County Schools. I’m a mom with two sons currently attending Greenville County public schools, the outgoing PTA President of Stone Academy, and the Co-Founder of Greenville-based LMG Architects.
I was raised in Spartanburg, attended Spartanburg Public Schools, District 6, graduated from Dorman High in 1992, and Clemson University in 1996. After attending graduate school at Washington University in St Louis, my husband Mark and I lived in Atlanta, before making our home in Greenville in 2006. In addition to my role as PTA President, I have served as PTA VP of Service & Enrichment, Health & Safety Co-Chair, Book Fair Chair, and Backpack Blessings Volunteer. I have served on my church council and outreach committee, and as a member of the Rebuild Upstate Advisory Council and the City of Greenville, Design Review Board–Neighborhood.
I’m a problem solver by nature, and in my work as a licensed architect, I pride myself on being warm, approachable and solely focused on my clients’ goals and concerns. It’s not about me, it’s about what’s in the best interests of my clients. If elected to Greenville County School Board, I would bring this same constituent-first approach to the role of Trustee.
September 29, 2022
Area 22 – Meet your Candidates for Greenville County Schools Board of Trustees. Click to listen or to see a transcript
October 19, 2022
Forum with candidates from Area 20 and 22 at Wade Hampton High School. Click to Watch / Listen.
" I am the mom of a middle school student and I know the importance of parent involvement on our local school boards. As the principal of Stone Academy from 2016-2021, I had the distinct honor of observing Lura’s leadership and service on as a PTA Board Member and President. Specifically, Lura championed a number of Health Fairs, Walk to School events and other initiatives. With Lura's support, we improved our playing fields into a safer and more desirable space for student play, and we completed our multi-year Safe Routes to schools grant - a partnership with SCDOT and the City of Greenville to create a more efficient school traffic plan to make families safer. Lura’s knowledge and dependability was key to the success of these projects!
Lura is approachable, dependable, thoughtful and willing to serve! She is a great listener and cares about all students, families, and teachers in Greenville County. Lura seeks to understand what is in the best interest of all students and then takes action. Whether you have a child in school or not, I encourage you to get to know more about Lura. "
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