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Guilford County Board of Education District 7

The Guilford County Board of Education is the local governing body of the County Public School System. Its members are elected in partisan races by districts and at large and serve staggered 4-year terms.The 9-member school board has 5 primary responsibilities:1. Employ the superintendent2. Establish policy3. Determine annual operating and capital budgets4. Approve student assignment boundaries5. Oversee the management of the school district’s major systems, including budget and finance, curriculum and instruction, personnel and auxiliary services

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    Bettye Taylor Jenkins
    (Dem)

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Identify the most serious issue you see facing our school system.

How will you address this issue once you are elected to the Board of Education?

Do you agree with the policy that Board of Education races are partisan?

In light of the recent need for remote learning/teaching, how do you propose to train and equip students, teachers and families to prepare for this now and in the future?

Age (optional) 62
Contact Phone (336) 549-2767
Position/philosophy statement My philosophy of education is that every child, no matter what race or disability identified, has the ability to dream, think, learn and achieve.
The most serious issue I see facing our system is the lack of adequate funding for OUR schools and students. OUR schools can't continue to operate with the inadequate funding or lack of funding received. Pinching off bread crumbs is not enough funds for OUR children. We shouldn't house OUR children in somewhat unsafe buildings, along with having limited resources and the lack of textbooks. We need all individuals who have an invested interest in OUR children at the table with a heart to heart conversation. We need to address the educational needs for OUR children. With these aforementioned items and more, we should see gainful improvements in our low academic performing schools. What OUR children deserve, is the BEST we have to give.
I will work with every person on the Guilford County Board of Education to ensure a sense of unity. I will redirect our focus to the common goal which is to provide the best and safest educational environment for all children. Meetings should be held with the community stakeholders to ensure equitable access for all children. It is our job to work together, no matter of our personal bias or opinions. We must provide supportive and tangible evidence to assist in closing the achievement gap. We need all highly qualified teachers in all low performing schools and we must pay and retain them. The district hired the superintendent who is moving the academic performance process upward and we need to support and assist with the strategic.
No, I don't agree that the Board of Education races should be partisan. All elected board members should discuss ways to keep OUR schools on track by setting policies, having clear vision and goals to move OUR district higher. It doesn't matter if you are a Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, or Nonpartisan. The primary common goal is OUR children. However, all candidates should run on their platform of issues and concerns and not attack other candidates. All candidates should address issues that are important to their community as a whole but more importantly to their voting precinct districts. A board members shouldn't be prejudiced in favor of particular items on the agenda because of their alignment with other partisan members.
Remote learning is not bad, it's just how you make the best out a bad situation. All students need access to internet service in order to receive and complete assignments. All students are motivated by the desire to learn new techniques, developing a classroom interactive subject related game would be great. Teachers must be creative and think out the box. The teachers must engage themselves with the students by using Zoom, Google Meet, Face Time etc. at least twice a week. There should always be an open line of communication such as GroupMe, email and/or text. Placing work on Canvass with no clear directions, only cause more frustration for the students and parents. There should be several technology training sessions for parents, guardians and teachers who may not feel comfortable in using the various technology applications. To accommodate the needs, these trainings should take place during various times of the day and weekends. There should be a help line to assist or trouble shoot technology problems. If there are four (4) students living in the same house with one laptop, it difficult for each student to received adequate time on the device each day. Consideration should be given to families with multiple students. For the grandparents or any older caretakers who are trying to figure it all out, a staff member from Student Service should visit the home and show them how to use the device along with leaving a written step by step directions for their use.