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Gene Galin - Board of Education

As a father of three, I wish to represent Chatham County in the important decisions impacting our education system. There is a critical need to build new schools to meet the needs of a burgeoning population and to renovate existing facilities to bring them up to quality standards. There is a need to encourage energy efficiency, both in our facilities and also in our transportation.

The challenges go even further. There is a need to integrate the various boards and committees in a common focus on Chatham's future. As an original appointee to the County's Strategic Plan Development Committee (SPDC), I was active in developing the approved plan (www.chathamnc.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2300). For Chatham to be successful we need to foster the important connections between growth, infrastructure, community involvement, safety, employment, affordable housing, and economic growth. All are important to the success and quality of life in Chatham County. All are important to the quality of our education system.

I believe that the Board of Education, Board of Commissioners, the Planning Board and Economic Development Corporation need to have ongoing dialogue on how each can work with the other in reaching common goals. We need to include citizens and non-profits alike in this vision. Discussion needs to transcend beyond the simple budget conversations.

The Chatham County School system needs to get ahead of the curve. There is competition for high quality teachers. We need to get creative on selling Chatham County as a quality place to live.

Gene Galin is best known as the creator and moderator of the popular Chatlist, (chathamchatlist.com), which has over 2,500 subscribers. This online discussion group, along with the Chatham County Bulletin Board (chatham-county-nc.com/bulletinboard) and Chatham Journal (chathamjournal.com) are indicative of Gene's desire to connect the citizens of Chatham County on issues impacting the County.


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