Candidate profile: Johnita Jackson
The 2014 W.Va. primary election is Tuesday, May 13.
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NAME: Johnita Jackson
CANDIDATE FOR: Wayne 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.
EDUCATION: high school graduate, some college hours.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: retired from Wayne County Schools as Executive Secretary to the Superintendent, after working for 34 years.
FAMILY: husband, Grover; daughters, Jill Jackson and Jodi (David) Sager; son, John (Kristy) Jackson; granddaughter, Kennison Jackson; grandsons, Billy and David Sager.
QUESTION & ANSWER: What is the most important qualification to look for in a new superintendent?
"Someone who has the educational and leadership qualities, along with a good work ethic. He/she does not need to be charismatic, but have the ability as an administrator to not only work with the employees of Wayne County, but also the parents/guardians of the children in Wayne County."
ABOUT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION RACE: There are five districts in Wayne County, and no more than two people from the same district can serve on the board of education at the same time. There are three open seats in the 2014 election. Two seats are not up for election this cycle (Joann Hurley, Westmoreland District, and Vickey Boyd, Union District). Candidates are Alvra "Junior" Adams, Stonewall District; Shawn Francisco, Trey Morrone, Tina Turner Sarver, Ceredo District; Johnita Jackson, Union District; and Lois (White) Little, Butler District. 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 two of the three Ceredo District candidates could be elected.
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