October 10, 2008
Guilford County Board of Education
By Brian Ewing
THE OFFICEDuties: 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
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.
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)
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.
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
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