Summit School District parent Danielle Surette runs for Summit Board of Education seat in November election

Danielle Surette/Courtesy photo
Danielle Surette is running for a seat on the Summit Board of Education in the Nov. 7 election.
Danielle Surette/Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct that Danielle Surette has a student in elementary school, not high school.

Danielle Surette, a Summit County resident and parent of a Summit School District elementary and middle schooler, is seeking a seat on the Summit Board of Education in the Nov. 7 election. 

In a candidate statement sent to the Summit Daily News, Surette stated she holds a master of education in instructional leadership degree as well as a degree in anthropology from the University of Florida. She also stated she spent two years volunteering for the Peace Corps in Africa. 

Surette, in her statement, said the current education board has “prioritized extremely controversial social programs over academics” and says there is “outrage” from parents. 

Surette lists several ways she would govern as a board member including providing extensive professional development for academic achievement to teachers, additional tutoring programs and specific resources for struggling students and model successful curriculum from schools with similar demographics. 

Surette also states that “morals and values are the responsibility of parents” and that she wants to restore the district to “a standard of excellence.”

This is the second school board election Surette has run in. In 2021, she lost to current board member Kate Hudnut. In total, four board seats are up for election this November, with eight candidates announced so far.

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