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Wayne Board of Education candidate: Lois Little

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 11:14 AM

HOME CITY: Fort Gay

HOME COUNTY: Wayne

E-MAIL ADDRESS: ronnienlois@frontier.com

PERSONAL STATEMENT: Education is one of the greatest achievements we can help our children attain. Wayne County children deserve the best education possible. My own children graduated from Wayne County Schools, and are successful adults. Keeping our children in Wayne County after graduation is a conceren. Therefore, we must review the resources and jobs available in our area and gear education toward them. If elected, I will work with business and community leaders to incorporate classes/skills into our schools that will allow students to stay in the area and be successful. I will always put our children first.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 56

EDUCATION: Some College.

CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Retired as Executive Secretary, Wayne County Board of Education, 33 years of service.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Fort Gay Lions Club.

FAMILY: Married to Ronnie Little, retired coal miner. Children, Andrea Prince, married to Dennis Watts, and Michael Prince, wife Stephanie. Stepdaughter, Florence Renea. Beautiful granddaughters, Aden, Kiarha, Sydnie and Brooklyn.

QUESTIONS

1. Where do you stand on the bond issue?

Passing of the bond is very important for Wayne County Schools. The bond, if passed, will also bring millions of dollars from the state to help renovate Wayne High and build new schools for the Crum and Kenova children. This will free up monies so the other 17 schools in the county can be better maintained. Putting our children first!

2. What is the most important qualification to look for in a new superintendent?

Of course, superintendent qualifications are mandated by the state. However, the main requirement will be a superintendent with excellent leadership qualities, having high standards and being able to create team participation and motivation. That person must model what he/she expects from the employees and always put the children first.

3. What do you think needs to be done to the school calendar to ensure students meet the state’s 180-day requirement?

The 180 day requirement mandated by the state could be met if flexibility was given to the county board of educations by the legislative body. Weather conditions vary from county to county and local school boards need the ability to rearrange or extend their individual calendars.

4. Should the number of Advanced Placement courses available to students be increased?

Based on Policy 2510, schools are required to offer advanced placement classes. Advanced placement classes are in all our high schools, therefore, having the framework to offer more. All students who have the motivation and ability should be offered higher classes of learning. More advanced placement classes would give our students more opportunity to excel.

5. How can schools be made safer?

Safe schools must be our top priority! Many safety programs, like entrance cameras, security badges and safety drills are already in place. Safety programs must be enforced. Introducing frequent safety audits for all schools to hold people accountable for maintaining the safety programs and to promote working with individual LSIC's and local law enforcement would be my goal.

6. Do you think enough is done for academically talented students?

Academically talented students deserve more. WCS's has been recognized by the WVDE for it's Exemplary CTE programs offering academically challenging programs of study such as Health Science, Drafting, and Project Lead the Way STEM Pre-Engineering Robotics program where students apply advanced science, math, technology, and engineering skills. We must provide high rigor academics in all courses for all students.

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