October 10, 2008

Guilford County Board of Education

By Brian Ewing


Duties: Establish policies that govern Guilford County Schools, including its curriculum, facilities, financial resources and personnel. Evaluate the district's achievement to make sure goals are met.

Term: Four years

Salary: $1,000 monthly


Sandra Alexander

Age: 61

Residence: 4001 Hickory Tree Lane, Greensboro

Spouse: Rondal Graham Alexander

Occupation: Retired university professor; small-business owner

Education: Master of English from Harvard University; doctorate from University of Pittsburgh

Connected at: No campaign site

On the issues: Reintroduce cultural arts and physical education; create optional all-male middle schools with male educators. Supports school board and district managing construction. Expand the Positive Behavior Support program districtwide. Says No Child Left Behind is poorly funded and uses excessive testing. Schools should decide case-by-case on uniforms.

Michael McKinney

Age: 44

Lives at: 4404 Peaceford Glen Drive, High Point

Spouse: Paula McKinney

Occupation: Commercial banker

Education: Business management degree from East Carolina University; political science degree from Winston-Salem State University

Connected at: www.votemichaelmckinney.com

On the issues: Wants to increase the number of children taking advanced coursework. Supports school board and district management of construction. Would support alternative schools and a statewide discipline and safety policy. Says No Child Left Behind is a hindrance as currently written. Stance uncertain on school uniforms.


Darlene Garrett (i)

Age: 54

Lives at: 8003 Willow Glen Trail, Greensboro

Spouse: Phil Garrett

Occupation: Stay-at-home mother

Education: Political science degree from N.C. State

Connected at: www.darlenegarrett.com

On the issues: Hire more teacher assistants and eliminate Haberman interview process for teachers and principals. Seeks to save costs on building projects; does not support county commissioners managing construction. Supports Responsible Discipline and Positive Behavior Support programs and placing disruptive students in alternative learning environment. Says No Child Left Behind is poorly funded and uses excessive testing; would support elimination. Let individual schools decide on uniforms.

Mike Stone

Age: 47

Lives at: 8112 Hunting Cog Road, Oak Ridge

Spouse: Sandy Stone

Occupation: Manufacturing manager

Education: Former member of U.S. Air Force; studied business at UNCG

Connected at: www.stone4schools.com

On the issues: Beef up technical and career courses for students not bound for college. Seeks to save costs on building projects; supports county commissioners managing construction. Supports after- school detention and out-of-school suspensions; wants more parent responsibility. Supports No Child Left Behind; believes the district needs the federal funding. Favors school uniforms.

-- Brian Ewing

(c) 2008 Greensboro News Record. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.