Julie Nau, a retired teacher and the former head of the group representing Wake's school employees, has applied for Beverley Clark's vacant District 6 school board seat.
Nau filed her application earlier this week but it's incomplete and is missing some of the necessary paperwork. In what's in now, she stresses her years as a teacher, her experience at Wake NCAE and her community service.
Nau wrote that her three strategies for advancing the board's 100 percent graduation goal would be to promote success for all students, healthy schools and an involved citizenry.
For instance, Nau relates the time when she was the Wake NCAE president and got an irate call from a retiree about taxes going up to raise teacher pay. Nau said she turned it into a "teachable moment" by explaining how higher salaries can help Wake retain teachers who will improve education and reduce crime by motivating students.
"We must be willing to listen and then be ready to educate our fellow citizens, using clear and concise data," Nau wrote.
Nau was president of the Wake chapter of the N.C. Association of Educators from 2000 to 2002. Wake NCAE now represents 5,000 Wake school employees.
Clark listed Nau among her supporters when she ran for re-election in 2007.
The only other applicant so far is Carolyn Morrison, also a retired Wake educator.
Applicants have got until noon Aug. 27 to get their paperwork over to the school district. If it's anything like what happened with Rosa Gill's vacant seat, many of the applicants will wait until near the end.
Click here for Nau's application. I'll update it when she gets the rest of the papework filed.