PASS/FAIL: Two vie for superintendent position

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

What is your one suggestion to school-age children so they can help themselves succeed?

Anderson: All students should strive to accept and become a part of the educational process. Education cannot be “poured” into a student. To be successful, each student must take responsibility to become an equal partner in the process. As a former teacher, I know that we must motivate students to learn but I also know that students who have no goals or are resistant to learning will have little success. Students must embrace the wondrous, educational opportunity they have in the Walton County School District. It is the one key to a productive, successful life.

Ragle: Students, read and study; find your interests but work hard at even those things you do not like; be compassionate to those different from you and help someone every day; appreciate the things you do well and work to improve the weaknesses you do have; remember that everyone is important, everyone has feelings, and everyone wants to be liked — even your teachers.

What else would you like voters to know?

Anderson: I have been fortunate to have led the employees and students of the Walton County School District to be one of the best small school districts in the state. For this reason, I have been asked to stand in front of legislative sub-committees and the State Board of Education to speak on behalf of ALL small school districts throughout the state. Although the impact of these efforts is huge, it does not compare to the joy of seeing our students in Walton County be successful.

Now more than ever, as we face increased expectations, transition to a national set of educational objectives, and work within continual budget constraints; we need a superintendent that has the experience to lead us through. That individual is Carlene Anderson. We are on the cusp of being a great school district and although the past years under my leadership have taken us a long way, in the next four we will complete the job.

Ragle:I have held teaching certifications in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida with 22 years of classroom experience. Currently, I am the Coordinator for Exceptional Student Education with the Walton County School District, and I have 14 years of administrative experience in Walton County.

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