By popular request, here's a post on the questionnaires that three of the four new Wake County school board members had filled out last spring when they asked for the endorsement of the Wake County Republican Party.
I've got the questionnaires for Debra Goldman, Chris Malone and John Tedesco. I don't have Deborah Prickett's questionnaire but she was also endorsed by the Wake GOP.
Critics of the board majority have used the questionnaires to argue that the new members have politicized the board. You guys can read and decide.
John Tedesco's questionnaire has gotten the most scrutiny of the new members.
Tedesco said he wanted the 2009 school board election "to be the first in a long line of races over the next few years to highlight that while being true to conservative values the GOP is full of life, ideas, energy, and ready to begin a new with a younger and more diverse base."
"I want the GOP to be very active in this campaign, use it for a testing ground and in preparation for your 2010 strategies, review materials to adhere to continuity of message, mobilize volunteers and voters now for 010 with this as a means of keeping them enthused," said Tedesco, 35. "Use this election to build more modern tools and encourage a farm team of other young candidates."
Tedesco is moving toward accomplishing the three goals he listed for this term: build a neighborhood schools model, develop a pro-family/pro-community system and conduct a comprehensive efficiency audit.
Chris Malone indicated his willingness to fully back Ron Margiotta, who was elected chairman by the new board.
"We need to make the School Board Priority number 1 and Margiotta needs to run point," Malone said. "We need to follow his lead.'
Malone lists his three top priorities after getting elected as giving a greater voice to Eastern Wake, move H6 (the Forest Ridge High site) and keep the Eastern Wake 4 school program and support parents in assignment issues.
Debra Goldman, like Malone and Tedesco, stresses her history of GOP activism.
"I have been a strong Republican and feel that the Party would be well supported if the people holding the seats up for election on the school board were acting in a manner relative to the core goals of the Party," Goldman said.
Goldman's three post-election priorities were focusing students back into community based schools, eliminating mandatory year round schools and offering them as a choice and refocusing the school board’s budget back into the classroom.