Wayne Board of Education candidate: Tina Turner Sarver
HOME CITY: Huntington (Ceredo District)
HOME COUNTY: Wayne
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
PERSONAL STATEMENT: Throughout my entire adult life I have been dedicated to public service. I have served in various positions and have accomplished many goals. A quality education in a safe environment is essential for each and every child. We need to not only give the students of Wayne County the basic knowledge to live life and have productive careers, but also the personal attributes to be responsible citizens and productive adults. Parents, students and employees of this county deserve to have a say in how we educate our children. I want to be “The Change You Need. The Voice You Deserve.”
EDUCATION: Graduated from Ceredo – Kenova High School, 1982; WV Corrections Academy, 2002; Marshall University Community Technical College, Associates Degree – Paralegal; and Mountwest Community Technical College, Associates Degree – American Sign Language & Deaf Studies.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Pre Trial Officer / Western Regional Day Report Center 2009 to Present.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: Dispatcher / Kenova Police Department 1982 to 1989; Dispatcher and Supervisor / Cabell County 911 1989 to 1996; Home Confinement Officer / Cabell County Sheriff’s Department 1996 to 2009; and Part-time Dispatcher / Kenova Police Department 2013 to Present.
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the Wayne County Women’s Democrat Club; and Member of the Advisory Committee for the Criminal Justice program at Mountwest Community Technical College.
FAMILY: Husband, Perry Wayne Sarver; children, Brittany (Alan) Atteberry and Kristopher Sarver; grandchildren, Bella Clark, Livvy Clark and Kinley Atteberry .
1. Where do you stand on the bond issue?
I am for the bond. No one likes to pay higher taxes; however, we must pass the bond in order to build new schools for Kenova and Crum and make much needed renovations at Wayne High School. The higher taxes are a small price to pay to ensure our children continue to receive a quality education within their respective communities.
2. What is the most important qualification to look for in a new superintendent?
Obviously, it is important for a new superintendent to have the educational background necessary to oversee the day to day operation of our school system, but they also need to have a strong sense of community. He/she must listen and respond in the best interest of our children, parents and community.
3. What do you think needs to be done to the school calendar to ensure students meet the state’s 180-day requirement?
Wayne County must meet the state’s 180-day requirement. The superintendent and the BOE should continue to seek input from the employees and parents regarding school calendar options.
4. Should the number of Advanced Placement courses available to students be increased?
AP courses are a great opportunity for students to earn college credits. We should evaluate the need for additional classes and provide them accordingly. Our children deserve to have the very best education possible.
5. How can schools be made safer?
We must be vigilant in our continued efforts to make schools safer. We can accomplish this by making sure we have properly installed and maintained security systems in our facilities. Further, we must continue educating and training employees, students and parents on safe school policies and procedures. Awareness and knowledge are important aspects of safety.
6. Do you think enough is done for academically talented students?
I don’t think we can ever do enough for our children. We must constantly seek ways to give them the best education possible in hopes they will have a bright and prosperous future.
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