Candidate profile: Shawn Francisco
The 2014 W.Va. primary election is Tuesday, May 13.
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NAME: Shawn Francisco
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: 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.
QUESTION & ANSWER: 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."
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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