PASS/FAIL: Two vie for superintendent position

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 04:16 PM.

Below are the superintendent hopefuls' responses; some have been edited for space.

What single motivation do you have for taking on the role of Superintendent?

Carlene Anderson: The most important role of the superintendent of schools is to create an educational atmosphere conducive to high student achievement. This was my focus when I began as superintendent and continues to be my goal and passion as I continue this campaign. ensuring school safety, hiring the most competent workforce, providing a rigorous and relevant curriculum, meeting the demands of local, state and federal laws are all integral parts of meeting the single most important role — student achievement. Education must assist each student to reach his/her potential and prepare them for whatever they choose to do after their public school years. We must prepare them for the rest of their lives.

Rosemary Ragle:Walton County is my home, and I have a vested interest in our schools. I want children to be excited to come to school, teachers to feel valued for their work, parents to be welcomed at their child’s school, and support staff to be recognized for the valuable service to our students. My priority is to promote teamwork and reevaluate our school system’s priorities — we must refocus our efforts on students.

How does your political affiliation set you apart from your opponent in the sphere of education? In what other ways are you the better choice?

Anderson: My political affiliation is more a set of morals and values that shape my decision-making. These decision-making skills are honed by years of experience and training beginning as a teacher aide and culminating as the superintendent of schools. Having served in non-instructional, instructional, and administrative positions, has provided me with the experiences to draw on as I consider how each decision will affect each employee and how that will translate to increased student achievement.

Having had successful experience, as well as specific training as a superintendent, makes me the most qualified choice for this position. For the last five years during serious economic difficulties in our county and state, I have had to make some very difficult and sometimes unpopular decisions. However, the district has continued to be financially solvent and maintained a required 3 percent fund balance and still be designated as a high-performing school district, a designation held for six consecutive years.  

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