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Candidate profile: Karen Nance

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 11:54 PM

The 2014 W.Va. primary election is Tuesday, May 13.

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NAME: Karen Nance

CANDIDATE FOR: Cabell County Board of Education (3 open seats, nonpartisan race)

DUTIES OF THE OFFICE: Board of Education members implement policies; set the annual budget; approve hiring, suspension and firing of all employees; and deal with major disciplinary matters with students. Members serve staggered, four-year terms. Board members are paid $160 per meeting for up to 50 meetings.

BIOGRAPHY: AGE: 59

EDUCATION: Graduated Barboursville High School, 1972. In 1987, I completed a B.A. Degree at Marshall University with majors in History & Basic Humanities and minor in Anthropology. In 1994, I completed a M.A. Degree at Marshall University with a major in Geography and minor in Anthropology.

CURRENT OCCUPATION: Self Employed, Owner, The Old House Doctor, general building contracting company, since 1984.

OTHER WORK HISTORY: Grant writer for the Huntington WV Housing Authority; various positions at Marshall University including WV Statistical Analysis Center, Administrative Assistant; temporary Director of Applied Research; Secretary for the Autism Training Center; and early jobs in grocery, bookkeeping, and food service.

CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Secretary, Madie Carroll House Preservation Society, Inc.; Secretary, Greenbottom Society, Inc.; Secretary, Carter G Woodson Memorial Foundation, Inc.; member and past board member of Guyandotte Civil War Days and Cabell County Democratic Women; member of League of Women Voters; and past member of the Coalition for the Homeless.

QUESTION & ANSWER: What do you think needs done to the school calendar to ensure students meet the state's 180-day requirement?

"The school calendar needs to be extended into June when snow days require additional days, not started in early August because June is a cooler month than August. School buses are not air conditioned and due to consolidation, students spend extended time on buses. Student's health and safety should come first. Students do not need a week long Thanksgiving break."

ABOUT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION RACE: There are five districts in Cabell County, and no more than two people from the same district can be on the board of education at the same time. There are three open seats in the 2014 election. Incumbent board member Mary Neely, district 2, is seeking re-election. Challengers include Karen Nance, district 1; Samuel R. Moore, district 3; Nazim M. Abbess II, district 4; Scott Caserta, district 4; and Rhonda E. Smalley, district 4. The top votegetters win in a school board election, as long as no more than two are in the same district. In this election, only district 4 runs that risk. Because there is already one district 4 sitting member (Garland "Skip" Parsons) is a sitting member, only Abbess, Caserta or Smalley could win the second district 4 seat.

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