Cabell Board of Education candidate: Nazim M. Abbess II
HOME CITY: Huntington
HOME COUNTY: Cabell County
E-MAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
PERSONAL STATEMENT (100 WORDS OR LESS): I believe we need to get back to the basics of education. We have gotten caught up in the game of school consolidations, federal funding, bigger schools, new styles of teaching, and our childrenhave taken a back seat. We as parents need a voice on the school board that will listen to parental input and not just think or our children as another number.
EDUCATION: Grace Christian School, Huntington; Cleveland Institute of Electronics.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION (INCLUDE SPECIFIC YEARS SERVED): Technical Support Specialist, St. Mary's Medical Center, 1 1/2 years.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: Electronic Communications Technician, West Virginia State Police, 20 years.
FAMILY: wife, Karen Abbess; children, Stephanie Abbess and Matthew Abbess.
1. 60 WORDS OR LESS: Do you think expeditionary learning is a good idea? Explain.
My research on expeditionary learning has left me with some questions. There are very few schools across the nation that has implemented expeditionary learning, but it is important that we do further evaluation on this method.
2. 60 WORDS OR LESS: What do you think needs to be done to the school calendar to ensure students meet the state’s 180-day requirement?
I think Cabell County does a good job of incorporating snow days into the school calendar. If we have another snowy winter that requires more than they already built in, maybe the extra days can come from spring break.
3. 60 WORDS OR LESS: Should the number of Advanced Placement courses available to students be increased?
There are currently 19 Advanced Placement courses being offered for high school students in Cabell County at this time and a 20th course is set to begin next year. This will make Huntington High and George Washington tied with the most amount in WV. If new courses can be made available in the future, I would support that.
4. 60 WORDS OR LESS: How can schools be made safer?
I personally like the idea of having a School Resource Officer in every school, from elementary to high school. This would add a better level of protection to our schools as well as offering a deterrent. At this time, however, keeping entrance doors locked and secured as well as having plans of action must be ensured.
5. 60 WORDS OR LESS: Do you think enough is done for academically talented students?
I believe so. When students are being recognized as being academically talented, the educators and staff are approaching the student and their parents and are attempting to ensure that these students are placed in advanced classes that will help them better prepare for their college education. I have personally witnessed this and appreciate the efforts they put forth.
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