Wayne Board of Education candidate: Shawn D. Francisco
HOME CITY: Kenova
HOME COUNTY: Wayne
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
PERSONAL STATEMENT: Education is not a privilege but a right. There has been a lot of discussion lately about the economic growth that Wayne County is currently experiencing. If we want to continue to see this type of growth, then it is vital that we improve our school system. If elected I will fight to ensure every student in Wayne County, regardless of where they live, have the proper tools to ensure a solid education to prepare them for either college or a trade school. These children are our future and they deserve nothing less.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University and an Associate in Applied Science (Pharmacy Technician) from Mountwest Community & Technical College.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Pharmacy Technician (Griffith & Feil Drugstore) 1 year.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: Senior Operations Manager (SITEL Corp.).
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Lavalette United Methodist Church (2000 - present; Elks Lodge #202 (1997 - 2003);Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity – ( 1992 to present).
FAMILY: Wife, Jill I. Francisco; son, John D. Francisco.
1. Where do you stand on the bond issue?
As it is currently written I am for the bond. Nobody wants to increase a person’s taxes, but the county is in desperate need of new schools in Kenova and Crum and upgrades at Wayne High School.
2. What is the most important qualification to look for in a new superintendent?
A new superintendent should have the ability to work with the board to ensure all of the needs of the students of all schools in Wayne County are met.
3. What do you think needs to be done to the school calendar to ensure students meet the state’s 180-day requirement?
ISE days are added to the calendar throughout the school year. These days should be weighted more heavily in the second part of the school year so that days can be made up if needed due to weather related issues.
4. Should the number of Advanced Placement courses available to students be increased?
I think that each school should be looked at independently. If there is a need for additional Advance Placement courses then we need to add them. If students aren’t taking advantage of these courses at the schools then there is no need to add them.
5. How can schools be made safer?
Each school should have one entrance for visitors to enter the school. They should not be allowed into the school until they provide a valid reason for entering. I have visited some schools where I was simply buzzed right in.
6. Do you think enough is done for academically talented students?
I believe there is always room for improvement. I think that we need to ensure every academically talented student is challenged daily. Teachers need to be constantly identifying the academically talented students so those students can be placed in the accelerated classes immediately to keep them engaged so they can make the most out of their education opportunities.
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