Local businessman Cedrick Granberry has filed to run for Tyler ISD school board. Granberry, 38, said he is running out of a desire to see more young parents involved in the school district and he believes his candidacy will help prompt that.
Granberry, who owns a local business that provides clothing, alterations and a style salon, has filed to run for the District 2 position where he will face incumbent, the Rev. Orenthia Mason, 61, who is in her third term on the board and serving as board president.
Granberry said he is not running for the position because of any ineffectiveness on Rev. Mason’s part. On the contrary, he said, he respects her as a woman of the clergy and an administrator.
But, he said, it’s “time for a new face, a younger face and someone who cares about how the younger minorities are prompted to engage.”
Granberry has been involved as a member of the Ramey, Jones, Boulter and John Tyler parent teacher associations at different times throughout his children’s lives.
He also was a member of the No More Excuses, Tyler ISD! Coalition, which came out against the 2013 bond package.
Granberry said, although he supports schools having the best technology and being safe, there were other issues that needed to be addressed before the district built new schools.
Some of the issues Granberry said he is passionate about include making sure teachers and administrators have the funding and supplies they need; ensuring fine arts programs receive adequate funding; making sure the district’s food service program is managed appropriately; ensuring diversity and equality of academic programs on all campuses; addressing concerns about the high number of minorities identified for special education; and ensuring smaller class sizes.
“I care and I’m concerned about the future of our current society, our parents and our children,” he said.
A John Tyler High School graduate, Granberry studied business administration and paralegal at Tyler Junior College. He also hosts a show on a local Christian radio station.
Granberry is married to Angela and has three children in TISD schools and one stepson who graduated from John Tyler High School.