Beaufort County Board of Education write-in candidate questionnaires

info@islandpacket.comOctober 25, 2012 

Write-in candidates for the Beaufort County Board of Education answered a series of questions posed by the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette on their background, experience and what they think the important issues facing the school board and the school district are. Responses for District 10 write-in candidates Joe Kopf, Flo Rosse and Mike Sanz; and District 6 write-in candidate Dorothy Edmondson are below. District 7 write-in candidate Evva Anderson did not return a questionnaire.

DISTRICT 10 CANDIDATES

<b>Name:</b> Joe Kopf

<b> Age:</b> no response given

<b> Office: </b> Beaufort County Board of Education, District 10

<b> Number of years living in the area you seek to represent: </b> no response given

<b> Family: </b> no response given

<b> Education: </b> studied economics and psychology at Bucknell University; masters in business administration from Michigan State University

<b> Current occupation/employer: </b> no response given

<b> Employer, military and volunteer history: </b> IBM branch manager, federal regional overseas manager, federal contracts manager and Europe overseas product manager; Retired U.S. Army Infantry Reserve Office (Captain); volunteers with the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, board member of the Park Lane hotel

<b> Please list all public offices to which you've been elected, when and where: </b> no response given

<b> Please list any unsuccessful runs for public office and when: </b> no response given

<b> Other prior political and government experience: </b> Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission; member of the Greater Island Council of Hilton Head/Bluffton; advisory board member of Island Recreation Center and SHARE for active adults

<b> Key endorsements you've received: </b> none

<b> Contributions: </b> none listed as of Oct. 23

<b> Expenditures: </b> none listed as of Oct. 23

<b> Highest contributor: </b> none listed as of Oct. 23

<b> Why should people vote for you? What separates your from your opponents? </b>

I think people should vote for me because of my experience in business leadership and public-appointed leadership. My opponents appear to have educational experience where I have business and public-appointed leadership

<b> What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How? </b>

The most important issues are fiscal autonomy and academic achievement for all types of students (college-bound, vocational-bound and business-bound).

<b> What other issues do you see as important? </b> No response given.

<b> What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public? </b>

I think the government at Hilton Head Island is open. All council and committee meetings are open to the public.

<b> Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details. </b>

No.

<b> Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.</b>

No.

<b> Are there any personal details about you that voters would be interested in knowing? </b>

I am a hard worker and detail-oriented. I was successful as chairman of the Parks and Recreation commission for new facilities for SHARE, assisted in the new boat and sailing center, and worked on new tennis courts at Chaplin and the Hilton Head Island High school.

<b> Name: </b> Florence L. (Flo) Rosse

<b> Age: </b> 74

<b> Elected position you are seeking: </b> Beaufort County Board of Education, District 10

<b> Number of years living in the area you seek to represent: </b> Two in Indigo Run, 18 total on Hilton Head Island

<b> Family: </b> husband Edward T. Rosse, one adult son

<b> Education: </b> Master's of education from the University of Virginia

<b> Current occupation/employer: </b> Retired teacher

<b> Employment, military and volunteer history: </b>

Peace Corps volunteer, Belize 1962-64; Board of Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry 2007-2009 and board president from 2010-11

<b> Please list all public offices to which you've been elected, when and where: </b>

Beaufort County Board of Education from 2000-2004, representing District 3; served as vice chairwoman from 2002-04

<b> Please list any unsuccessful candidates for public office and when: </b>

Candidate for S.C. House of Delegates, 2005

<b> Other prior political and government experience: </b>

S.C. Human Affairs Commission from 1999-2001; Hilton Head Elections Conmmission from 1998-99

<b> Key endorsements you've received: </b> no response given

<b> Contributions: </b> None reported as of Oct. 23.

<b> Expenditures: </b> None reported as of Oct. 23.

<b> Highest contributor: </b> None reported as of Oct. 23.

<b> Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponents? Be specific. </b>

I have previous school board experience and am familiar with all of Beaufort County. I have knowledge of the schools in the entire district and many of the people. I know and understand its cultural diversity

and needs in education. I am a responsible person and have leadership abilities. I have spent my life working on educational issues and presently serve on the Education Committee of the League of Women Voters on Hilton Head.

<b> What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How? </b>

At present, our most important task is to find an excellent superintendent of schools. Our consultants will present the school board with candidates and the board has identified the criteria upon which they wish to focus. I will cooperate with fellow board members in that endeavor.

For some time now, the achievement gap in learning and test scores has been a priority. I will continue to hold the superintendent responsible for focusing on those needs as well as the needs of all of our students. Meeting or exceeding state and national scores are important to the vitality of our community and the future ability of students in the job market.

The issue of teacher morale is important. The teacher is the most important determiner of success in the classroom. I will support higher salaries for teachers and meaningful teacher in-service. Teachers need the ability to attend conferences and have a window out. Expertise in subject matter is critical to providing the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the classroom. I have had 30 years of

classroom teaching at the secondary level and have a supervisory certificate.

<b> What other issues do you see as important? </b>

I believe it is important to support the entire school staff in each building from office workers, cafeteria staff, and custodial staff. They all support and work with our children and deserve recognition and reward. The environment in each school is critical to providing a safe and healthy workplace for adults and children.

<b> What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public? </b>

I will be available to meet with PTOs and listen to individual constituent concerns not only from my district but from throughout the county. The board's meetings are open and public, and matters are routinely posted on their website. I will continue to support those efforts.

<b> Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details. </b>

No

<b> Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details. </b>

No

<b>Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing? </b>

I have lived on Hilton Head Island for nearly18 years and am familiar with the many community groups which play an important role on our island and who are concerned about good schools. Their constituency is important to me as a school board member, and I will seek out their input on our progress.

<b> Name: </b> Mike Sanz

<b> Age: </b> 53

<b> Elected position you are seeking: </b> Beaufort County Board of Education, District 10

<b> Number of years living in the area you seek to represent: </b> seven

<b> Family: </b> wife Kathleen, 17-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son

<b> Education: </b> bachlors of science in business from the University of Lowell; master's in secondary education from the University of New Hampshire Durham

<b> Current occupation/employer: </b> Self-employed writer and speaker developing national anti-bullying program

<b> Employment, military and volunteer history: </b> spent 23 years as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal; business-education partnership with the Chamber of Commerce since 2005; Junior Leadership Board of Regents with the Chamber of Commerce since 2008; co-chair of Relay for Life in 2010; HHBA baseball coach since 2009; Island Rec basketball coach since 2011

<b> Please list all public offices to which you've been elected, when and where: </b> Town Budget Committee, Nottingham, N.H., 1994-95

<b> Please list any unsuccessful candidates for public office and when: </b> no repsonse given

<b> Other prior political and government experience: </b> no response given

<b> Key endorsements you've received: </b> no response given

<b> Contributions: </b> No campaign contributions reported as of Oct. 23.

<b> Expenditures: </b> $113.75 as of Oct. 23.

<b> Highest contributor: </b> No campaign contributions reported as of Oct. 23.

<b> Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponent(s)? Be specific. </b>

I have 23 years experience in the field of education. As a high school principal in a small town in New Hampshire, I worked closely with the school board on budgets, selecting a superintendent, and executive board decisions. I have worked in poor and wealthy communities. I understand the nuances necessary to promote academic success in various demographic environments.

<b> What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How? </b>

1. A safe environment for every child promoting optimum opportunities for academic success. This involves returning discipline and respect to the halls, class rooms and and buses of every school. That means strong administrators hold to the regulations established by the school board. Numerous warnings and

negotiations are to be replaced by firm expectations. If a student refuses to follow the rules, they cannot return to school until the parent does their job.

2. Tenacious support for teachers. Most teachers are gifted, talented and dedicated. When deterred by an absurd amount of initiatives, the teacher has no time to perform their primary function. Their job is to teach our children. Accountability and expectations are important. However, trust our teachers and allow them the opportunity to be creative, unique and passionate. Our present policies have destroyed the art of teaching.

3. Hiring the right superintendent. This superintendent must be brilliant, transparent, trusting, comfortable working with strong personalities, sincere, fiscally responsible, and someone not afraid to make decisions based on data, their heart, and their gut.

<b> What other issues do you see as important? </b>

1. Fiscal responsibility in all decision making.

2. Returning strong principals to schools.

3. Allowing principals to choose their assistant principals.

4. Returning control of classrooms back to the teachers.

5. Requiring parents to take responsibility for their child's actions.

<b> What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public? </b>

I'll express my views on all issues. I don't follow the company line unless I believe in it.

Executive sessions have their place when considering specific employees or children. However, if I think that any action taken in executive session is sneaky, subversive or dishonest, the public will hear from me immediately.

<b> Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details. </b>

No

<b> Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details. </b> No

<b> Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing? </b>

I am writing a book on bullying and developing a national anti-bullying speaking program.

DISTRICT 6 CANDIDATE

<b>Name:</b> Dorothy Edmondson

<b> Age: </b> 71

<b> Elected position you are seeking: </b> Beaufort County Board of Education, District 6

<b> Number of years living in the area you seek to represent: </b> five

<b> Family:</b> husband Lawrence Edmondon, two grown sons and four grandchildren

<b> Education: </b> Low Country Institute, Master Naturalist Certification; Technical College of the Low Country substitute teacher training; coursework in education at the University South Carolina Beaufort; Master of Arts in teaching from the University of South Carolina; Master's degree in comuper science from the University of Dayton; bachelor's degree in geography from Wright State University

<b> Current occupation/employer: </b> Retired

<b> Employment, military and volunteer history: </b> product manager and senior network engineer for Reynolds & Reynolds Corporation in Dayton, Ohio; network analyst for Fiserv Inc. in Brookfield, Wisc.; adjunct instructor for Cisco Network Academy at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio; learning consultant customer education, education analyst and technology consultant for NCR Corporation in Dayton, Ohio; adjunct teacher at Kettering Adult School in Kettering, Ohio; associate manager at AT&T Corporate ITS in Dayton, Ohio; administrative assistant to the vice president for administration at the University of Dayton; secretary for associate provost of graduate studies at the University of Dayton; coordinator for study abroad programs at Antioch College; mentor to a third-grader at Hardeeville Elementary School; member of the Kettering, Ohio Sister City Committee; chairperson for Kettering Sister Youth Committee

<b> Please list all public offices to which you've been elected, when and where: </b> None

<b> Please list any unsuccessful candidates for public office and when: </b> None

<b> Other prior political and government experience: </b> None

<b> Key endorsements you've received: </b> None

<b> Contributions: </b> None reported as of Oct. 23.

<b> Expenditures: </b> None reported as of Oct. 23.

<b> Highest contributor: </b> None reported as of Oct. 23.

<b> Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponents? Be specific. </b>

My education is current K-5 from USC and USCB universities. I spent weeks in the classroom in practicums and student teaching at: Okatie Elementary, Hilton Head Elementary, Shell Point Elementary and Riverview Charter schools. I am a reading volunteer for the kindergarten class at Prichardville Elementary School providing 'one-on-one' sessions for students having difficulty learning their alphabets, counting and most

importantly reading. I want to be involved in the selection of the next superintendent of Beaufort County School System.

<b> What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How? </b>

<list><*>Selection of the new superintendent

<*>Explore the validity of test scores when children who cannot read are being tested and their computer generated scores are calculated with those who can read.

<*>Evaluating teachers solely by test scores is not a measure of their worth. Why not have the teachers take the PRAXIS II test again?</list>

<b> What other issues do you see as important? </b>

<list><*>Improve the implementation of the schools volunteer program

<*>Volunteers should be required to take the online classes that the

substitute teachers must take.</list>

<b> What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public? </b>

No answer provided

<b> Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details. </b>

No

<b> Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details. </b>

No

<b> Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing? </b>

I have always wanted to be an elementary teacher that was the reason for my returning to school at the age of 66. I was very fortunate to receive free tuition for my Master of Arts Degree in Teaching and was the oldest student to graduate in the 2009 MAT program. I want to give back to the community what the state of South Carolina has given to me.

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