It's the self-described "principled principal" running against three challengers who all think they can do a better job of representing District 3 on the Wake County school board.
As noted in today's article, school board member Kevin Hill is emphasizing his education background in his re-election bid. With the departure of Carolyn Morrison in December, Hill says he would potentially be the only board member left with experience as a teacher and principal.
"As a Board of Education, it's important to have some perspectives from an educator with both my experience as a teacher and principal," Hill said.
Hill acknowledges school board member Deborah Prickett's background as an educator, including her time as a teacher and guidance counselor before taking a job at the state Department of Public Instruction. But he said she's never been a principal.
Hill says that his depth and breath of education experience will aid the board in what it does, such as budgets and student assignment.
Jennifer Mansfield charges that Hill is talking about his education background because he doesn’t want to run on his record.
“He really has nothing to show for the past four years on the board,” Mansfield said.
Heather Losurdo accuses Hill of under representing the parents of District 3.
"Hill has never represented me," Losurdo said. "He has ignored me. I hear that repeatedly when I talk with parents."
Eric Squires argues that they need more people like him with a business background.
"We've got thousands of moms and thousands of educators," Squires said. "We already have that viewpoint."
Both Mansfield and Losurdo accuse Hill of not working well with parents who disagree with him, such as on the issue of converting Wakefield Elementary back to a traditional-calendar.
Hill says he's worked behind-the-scenes over the past four years, working directly with principals and schools to get them the resources they need. He cited his efforts to help Millbrook High School gets its International Baccalaureate program started.
Another example, Hill cited, is his admittedly unsuccessful efforts to persuade Superintendent Tony Tata to recommend that Wakefield Elementary be one of the multi-track year-round schools that switched to a single-track calendar for this school year.
Hill said putting Wakefield Elementary on a single-track calendar would have accommodated families and made it easier to put the school back on a multi-track calendar for the growth he sees coming.
Hill said he doesn't believe that they can afford to put Wakefield Elementary back on a traditional calendar. He said doing so could put Wake in the same kind of position it is in with making Hilburn Elementary a K-8 school now that Leesville Road Middle is back on a traditional calendar.
Hill said he hope that his position on keeping Wakefield Elementary as year-round won't cause people to vote against him.
“It’s my hope that voters will look at the entire package,” Hill said. “If voters want to go to the polls and vote on a single issue there’s nothing I can do about that.”
The candidates also had some interesting things to say about the new student assignment plan that will be voted on Oct. 18.
Losurdo said she is concerned about some of the proposed feeder patterns, citing in particular those for Brassfield and North Forest Pines elementary schools. She’s also worried about the 10 to 15 percent of families who are not expected to get their top choice in the new selection lottery.
Losurdo said she couldn't support voting for the plan as it now is.
“It may be best to slow things and wait another year,” Losurdo said.
Mansfield said she’s concerned that the new plan doesn’t include a guaranteed base assignment for families.
Hill complained that the board still hasn't spent the detailed time they should have as a body working on the plan. He said he wished they had spent three or more hours discussing the new plan at a work session instead of the show and tells he says have taken place.
Hill also said he’s concerned that the new plan doesn’t do enough to prevent schools from having large numbers of low-performing students. But he said he’s not advocating a return to the old diversity policy.
“The old student assignment plan is water under the bridge,” Hill said.