Hello Birmingham Residents,

My name is Dr. Douglas Lee Ragland and I was officially elected on October 3, 2017, to a four-year term to serve on the Birmingham City School System Board of Education as the the Birmingham Board of Education Board Member Representative for District 1! and on November 14, 2017, I was elected by my fellow board members to serve as Vice-President.  First and foremost, I give the honor and glory to God  to be chosen to serve in this most paramount position. I am extremely humbled and honored to be elected by the residents in District 1, which s the largest  District in the city of Birmingham to serve our children and community!  I will bring honor, humility, integrity accountability, and success during my term in office as we lead Birmingham City Schools to a level of World Class Excellence!   An excellent school system does wonders for the community in terms of economic development, prosperous communities, quality of life for all citizens, and most importantly preparation for our children to access knowledge and skills that will lead to them being successful productive citizens in society and giving back to the communities, institutions and people responsible for their foundation for success.

As a product of the Birmingham City School System and a very successful educator for 34 years,  I feel a strong calling, responsibility and anointing to successfully serve in this role by giving back to my school system the opportunities for others to succeed just as  I was given the opportunity to succeed and did so.

I see our school system lacking in providing the aforementioned qualities and I certainly feel our  children and community deserve  much much better. My passion and very successful experience as an educator, in particular as Superintendent of Schools in two school districts statewide, provide me with the determination, knowledge, leadership ability, and understanding of what it takes to be successful at the highest level. 

My  platform and goals are as follows: (1)" Putting Children First Today for a Better Tomorrow", (2) ) Achieve financial stability by having a balanced budget and a minimum of 5 months reserves annually, (4) Hire Professionally Certified and Highly Qualified Teachers in every single school for every single classroom and subject area with the goals being to create parity for all schools and educational excellence for each student, (5) Ensure that every single child graduates, thus ensuring a 100% graduation rate, (6) Become a world class school system in all areas thus serving as a model for the nation to follow, (7) Provide transparent leadership in communicating to stakeholders the goals and areas of improvement of the district, (8) Make decisions strictly predicated on the best interest of children, (9) Be mindful of and avoid decisions that will lead to litigation costing the district millions, and (9) Maintain stability in leadership with the Superintendent and in our schools and at the District Level. 

By accomplishing the above goals, we will attain a world class school system, second to none, thus leaving no child, no parent, no community, and no stakeholder behind!

Again, thank you citizens in District 1 for your encouragement, confidence and support in me as your Board Representative to work collaboratively to provide excellence in preparing our students to be prepared, competitive, successful and ultimately live productive lives in giving back and enhancing our community!

May God Bless you!

Dr. Douglas L. Ragland
Retired School Superintendent, Birmingham Board of Education Member, and
Alabama State Commissioner Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission