Birmingham School Board, District 2
Political experience: First political race
Professional experience: Administrative secretary, Southern Care Hospice, 2003-2005; owner, Zoot Suit Riot, 2005-2014; field representative with Birmingham chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, 2014-present.
Civic experience: Co-chair of Moral Monday Alabama, a movement begun by an NAACP president, 2014-present. Founded SOS, Support Our Students, a pro-public education group, 2012. Member of Forward Alabama; member of the New South Coalition, Jefferson County.
Education: Attended Purdue University.
Top contributors: $300, Parker Griffith, Huntsville; $200, Bambi Brannon, Huntsville.
Main issues: Michal pledges to review school system contracts to ensure they are being followed and the schools are not paying for duplicated services, and to document warranties on work. Savings could be spent in classrooms.
She also wants to increase community and parental involvement, particularly in elementary schools, and begin a reading initiative that would bring principals, educators and communities together.
Michal said the board needs to implement a fair employee evaluation system quickly. The state had given the school system a July 1 deadline to revamp policies, but it was not completed, she said. “A fair and transparent evaluation system recognizes areas that employees need help in and it identifies the areas in which employees excel,” she said. “By recognizing the strengths, I hope to increase the amount of upward mobility within the system. We have many good people here, we need to recognize and reward them.”