Elections

Board of Education District 7 candidate Evans

Name: Bill Evans

Age: 63

Years living in area: 24

Family: Melissa, wife; five grown children (three natural and two stepchildren)

Education: BA from Rutgers University; University of Southern California; master of education, Penn State University

Current occupation: Retired educator

Previous employment: 1969-76: teacher and coach, West York (Pa.), sixth grade; 1976-77: graduate teaching assistant, Department of Education Administration, University of Southern California; 1977-86: Salinas (Calif.) Union School District, six years as junior high assistant principal and three years as principal of Salinas High School; 1986-98: principal, Hilton Head High School; 1998-2010: district administrator, Beaufort County School District and as interim principal at Battery Creek High School (six months) and Beaufort High School (one year).

Military history: None; rejected for enlistment in OCS for physical reasons

Volunteer history: President, Rotary Club of the Lowcountry, 2010-11, member since 2004; United Way Community Investment Panel, 2008-10, chairman, panel No. 7, 2010; Beaufort County Parks & Leisure Services Board, 2006-09; volunteer, Heritage Classic golf tournament, 1987-present; volunteer, Beaufort Water Festival, 2005-present; Workforce Development and Growth and Infrastructure committees of the Beaufort Regional Chamber, 2002-present; Eucharist minister, St. Francis Catholic Church, 1995-98

Public elected offices: None

Any unsuccessful political campaigns: None

Other political and government experience: 41 years as public school employee as teacher and administrator

Endorsements received: None

S.C. Ethics Commission statement of economic interests: Not filed as of Oct. 1

Campaign money raised: $4,395 as of report filed Oct. 5

Top three campaign contributors over past six months (amount): Evans contributed $3,520 to his own campaign. Allen Patterson contributed $150. Other contributors gave $100 or less.

1. Why should people vote for you?

I understand the issues and what works and doesn't in this district better than any other candidate. My unique professional and residential local volunteer experiences give me insights into separate community needs and the county as a whole. I have served as principal at Hilton Head High School, Beaufort High School and Battery Creek High School, and my recent position as ombudsman for the Beaufort County School District give me special insights into the challenges our families face.

2. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected and how would you address them?

Fair and consistent education funding. With the entire Board of Education and administration, I would work with the legislative delegation and County Council to enact legislation to provide fair and consistent funding for education across the state, but with particular concern for equal treatment of Beaufort County. This must be a priority so that we can provide for the needs of this school system, including recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers.

Rigorous instruction designed to meet individual needs. Teachers who teach to individual needs and administrators trained and accountable for instructional supervision and ability to evaluate teachers to improve instruction. Only then will we see continuous progress toward reaching our academic goals and the goals of the S.C. Education Oversight Committee. In the classroom, one size never fits all.

Develop programs and policies that discipline students while keeping them in school receiving instruction. Exception: violent or habitually disruptive students need to be placed in an environment that actively seeks to change behaviors through intensive counseling and behavior modification, so that they don't interrupt the learning of dedicated students. We must find better ways to help all children learn; sometimes this means isolating those with behavior issues, but at the same time we need to address their issues.

3. What other issues do you see as important?

Maintain strong salaries to attract and hold quality employees, a major challenge in this economy and as an estimated 30 percent of the national teacher workforce nears retirement age.

Tap parents/community member expertise to advise the district. With our rich blend of retirees, relocated families and homegrown talent, we have a diverse pool of experience and knowledge that can help guide our school district and also can help connect the classroom to the community.

A vibrant and viable community must have a strongly supported, successful public education system, especially as we continue to work to diversify our economy. Clean industry, especially tech firms, won't locate offices or plants in locations that don't have strong schools, so improving our public education system is an investment in our economic future.

Emphasize need of school administrators and staff to get into community on regular basis (homes, churches, etc.) Face-to-face interaction is essential.

Don't spend money just because we have it.

Promote extra-curriculars to build well-rounded students and give them sense of pride in school and pride in their community.

Strengthen guidance programs and time spent with students in developing "soft skills" and post-secondary planning. Every student doesn't need to attend a four-year college to find success, but we do need all students to have viable, comprehensive career training plans.

4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?

Establish website to explain board actions and decisions, giving in-depth background to constituents. Hold quarterly face-to-face meetings with community.

5. 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 details.

No

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

No

7. Are there any personal details about yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?

All my children attended and graduated from Beaufort County schools, so I have experienced the local schools as a parent. This provides me with an added perspective, along with my years as principal, district administrator and teacher. I have always involved myself professionally and through volunteerism in efforts to support youth. I am on the board of Hanna's Day of Hope, an annual fundraiser to fight childhood cancer; this is done in memory of our granddaughter, who died at age 6 of cancer.

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