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Upshur Board of Education candidates respond to questionnaires

May 7, 2010
The Inter-Mountain

Editor's note: The Inter-Mountain posed the following question to Pat Long, Teresa M. Bellamy, Roberta Lynch, Aubry A. Wilson, B.J. Teets and Betsy Crites, all candidates for the Upshur County Board of Education: What is your proposal to ensure the school calendar meets the mandatory 180-day requirement?

Lynch, Long and Wilson were the only candidates to respond.

Name: Roberta Lynch

Address: Buckhannon

Office and political party: Upshur County Board of Education, 2nd District

Family: Married to Robert

Statement of campaign platform: "I want to promote and improve the quality of education for our children and ensure that all students are prepared to meet the challenges they will face in the future. It is important to implement a strong curriculum so that our students will be better prepared for whatever path they choose.

"I also want our school system in Upshur County to be a place where teachers want to work, parents want to send their children and students want to learn. Input and commitment for administrators, teachers, parents and students is crucial in attaining this goal. I am honest, caring, determined and a fair-minded parent who has spent many hours volunteering in our schools. I am willing to spend the time and energy necessary and look forward to serving on the Upshur County Board of Education."

What is your proposal to ensure the school calendar meets the mandatory 180-day requirement?

"Our school calendar committee really does a good job in coming up with several options for the school community to vote on. There are always days built into the calendar at the end of the year as makeup days for the those missed due to inclement weather. There are also IS (in service) days set aside for Faculty Senate that could be used as instructional days, if necessary, following the required Faculty Senate time. Upshur County is also a very rural area and it is very important to exercise good judgment in deciding on school cancellations for the safety of the children."

Name: Pat Long

Address: Buckhannon

Office: Upshur County Board of Education, 2nd District; incumbent

Employment: Retired as an employee of the city of Buckhannon

Family: Married to Susan; three children.

Statement of campaign platform: "Our children are the foundation of our community's future."

What is your proposal to ensure the school calendar meets the mandatory 180-day requirement?

"The school calendar should be a local-control issue. The Legislature should work with the state Board of Education to set standards of education. In turn, the state board should work with the local board to meet those standards. The number of days a child attends school does not equate to quality of education, and 180 days is not a magic number. Qualified, caring teachers working with caring and involved parents plays a much larger part in how much a child learns than the number of days they attend school."

Name: Aubry A. Wilson

Address: Buckhannon

Office: Upshur County Board of Education, 1st District

Employment: Self-employed in the landscaping and nursery business; former teacher and West Virginia University?Extension Service agent.

Family: Married to Margaret; three children.

Statement of campaign platform: "I am looking for better schools for a better day. Our schools should be safe, comfortable and rewarding. We need to focus on raising the standards academically."

What is your proposal to ensure the school calendar meets the mandatory 180-day requirement?

"The 180 days are required by the state. The school calendar should show the 180 days and adjustments should be made to provide for the required days."

 
 

 

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