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October 21, 2012

Southeastern school board candidates discuss issues

Incumbent Jack Cain faces a challenge from Mike Erny for a seat on the Southeastern School Board.

The Pharos-Tribune posed two questions to the candidates. Those questions and the candidates’ responses follow:

What do you see as the issues in this campaign?

Cain: The main issue in this campaign is experience. Southeastern has been through a change in leadership the past five years. Southeastern has a Principal at Galveston that is in her fifth year as Principal. Thompson elementary has a Principal in his second year. Lewis Cass Junior-Senior High School principal is in his first year as principal. Now we are in the process of hiring a new superintendent who will come on board in July. With this being said, one can see we need experience at the school board level. I have eight years on the school board and thirty-eight years as a teacher and administrator.

Erny: The education system today is faced with many changing demands. There are ever-growing and changing federal and state regulations creating demands which must be met by our school system. Our school system has come to a crossroads and now must evolve to meet these as well as preparing all students educationally for their next step after graduation. Students must be prepared to meet the educational requirements for a four-year college, two-year college or technical school to enable them to succeed after they leave high school. Many of the students in the post-secondary system today are not prepared for the educational level needed to succeed. Our schools cannot continue to teach as they always have and think that this will meet our students’ needs. We must change our outlook and think outside the box to better meet not only the growing state regulations but the elevating post-secondary demands our students are facing so that all students can succeed when they leave our school system. We need to be graduating more of our students and better preparing them to meet the skills gap in America.

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