Unless things changed over the weekend, we should have had another candidate announcing for the District 2 school board seat.
Arnold Osborn had announced on the blog last week that he's running against incumbent board member Horace Tart. The self-described conservative Christian had planned to have an official press release out earlier this week.
Below is the platform he listed on his web site:
1. My primary focus is to improve the quality of life for the families of Wake County and we do that by focusing on improving the quality of the education that we supply to all of the children of the county.
Every time we fail a child of this county we fail the families as well, and this includes those without children. Our jails are crowded with former students who were ignored by the system and allowed to fail.
2. The school assignment system is broken, and it is broken beyond repair. Schools should be placed in communities to serve the families of those communities. This will allow us to address the problem where they exists as they arrise. No longer do our children need to ride buses for up to 1.5 hours (each way) at the choosing of a pencil pushing, number crunching bureaucrat, just to satisfy some imaginary goal, with an unmeasurable and unobtainable ideal.
3. PTAs should be about Parental Participation with the child and the school. Parents are less likely to be involved in the school and the child's school experience when their children are bussed two different directions around the county. We need our parents to be involved and the key to this is localized, community-based, neighborhood schools.
4. We need to ensure that the parents know that their children are our primary concern. One way that we can do this is by ensuring that the staffing of our schools is proper for the best education of our children. Also, the parents need to have faith in our teachers, our administrators and our dedication to their children. When we are willing to long range bus a child to satisfy quota we have told the parent that their child's well being is not our primary concern. When we have teachers that send home notes to parents with misspellings or allow administrators do voice broadcast messages via phone systems who do not have the ability to speak in proper English sentences we have told them that there is no hope that we can educate their child properly and that their child really doesn't matter.
5. All children must be given the opportunity to succeed. Some children must be equipped for college, others must be trained for service industries (i.e. plumbing, heating & cooling, cosmetology, etc). When we fail to prepare a path for the student who cannot climb the mountain of success then we are leaving them at the bottom to watch their peers enjoy their rise to success.
This is unacceptable! Every Child Must be given his or her opportunity to reach their personal best.
Cathy Truitt, a retired Johnston County educator, has also announced her intention to run in District 2.
The presence of three candidates would make it harder for anyone to get the majority needed on Oct. 6 to avoid a runoff.