Wayne Board of Education candidate: Johnita Jackson
HOME CITY: Wayne
HOME COUNTY: Wayne
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
PERSONAL STATEMENT: I have worked In the school system for 34 years, with 30 of those years working in various departments (payroll, finances, benefits coordinator, executive secretary to assistants and superintendent) in the central office. With my background, knowledge and experience, I feel that I can be a valuable asset to the board. I feel very strongly that all children in Wayne County should be given the same opportunities that will enable them to pursue the higher education or vocation they desire.
EDUCATION: high school graduate, some college hours.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: retired from Wayne County Schools as Executive Secretary to the Superintendent, after working for 34 years.
FAMILY: husband, Grover; daughters, Jill Jackson and Jodi (David) Sager; son, John (Kristy) Jackson; granddaughter, Kennison Jackson; grandsons, Billy and David Sager.
1. Where do you stand on the bond issue?
100% for it!! Wayne County definitely needs the two new schools and renovation to make Wayne High School safer. Our children should have top-notch schools and quality educators. If these projects are completed, this would allow the board to work more with the ever-evolving technology for our students, and also provide us the finances needed to maintain and repair our older buildings.
2. What is the most important qualification to look for in a new superintendent?
Someone who has the educational and leadership qualities, along with a good work ethic. He/she does not need to be charismatic, but have the ability as an administrator to not only work with the employees of Wayne County, but also the parents/guardians of the children in Wayne County.
3. What do you think needs to be done to the school calendar to ensure students meet the state's 180-day requirement?
Devise a calendar that is flexible to enable the superintendent to change or adjust ISE and Spring Break days, if needed.
4. Should the number of Advanced Placement courses available to students be increased?
Yes, because these courses are provided to college-bound students, and these additional classes would allow them to enter college at a higher educational level.
5. How can schools be made safer?
Having law enforcement present would be a deterrent, and also making entrance ways more secure.
6. Do you think enough is done for academically talented students?
I definitely believe there is always a need for more programs that will allow the students the initiative to face the challenge of reaching their full potential.
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