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Flint O’Brien – Board of Education
I have two kids attending Chatham schools. I am a founding director of GoodSchoolz.org. This is a grass roots organization made up of parents and citizens working to improve all our schools.
My three top principles are:
1. Build schools and renovate old schools
Overcrowding must end! I will work with other elected officials and you to keep school construction on track and start renovating older schools. No school or community should be left behind. We need to build schools where the kids are, in each community -- not a 2 hr. bus ride away.
2. Every child needs a quality education
What is the principle ingredient of a good school? Study after study has shown that the biggest impact for educating a child is not the latest program or initiative; it’s the teacher. The competition for teachers is fierce and we’re surrounded by counties that pay more. We need to be competitive! We must make Chatham Schools the place where good teachers beg to get in and never want to leave.
3. Be proactive and communicate
Everyone knew, years ago, that our schools would be overcrowded. Now we have critical overcrowding and parents and citizens are not kept informed. I will work diligently to assure we address these types of issues before they become crises and promote an open process with public engagement.
I intend to run a positive, solution-based campaign on the issues. Working together we can make a difference.