4.17.2014

Iredell County Board of Ed: Districts 1 and 3 Recommendations



Eight candidates introduced themselves to voters at last night's forum. Here's what I thought.

The Statesville Record & Landmark and Chamber of Commerce hosted the second of two forums for Board of Education candidates yesterday. Voters had the chance to meet the three candidates for District 1, which blankets the northern half of Iredell County, as well as the candidates for District 3, a small slice of Statesville, where two-term incumbent John Rogers has found four challengers in the race with him.

The second forum mirrored the first: two minutes for opening and closing statements, and in between, five questions. The topics last night were slightly different, focusing on school safety and enabling local autonomy in spite of growing state and federal regulations, but candidates heard similar themes from the first forum, including how to deal with a distressed budget situation and picking out the single biggest issue system-wide.

Read on for my recap and recommendations--and an important amendment to my last post:

4.16.2014

Iredell County Board of Ed: Districts 5 and 7 Recommendations



Iredell County Board of Education Elections are less than three weeks away.



I decided to get a taste of what's happening in local politics last night and attended a Board of Education candidates forum for two of the four districts in contention this primary. Iredell County's BOE is a non-partisan group, so the May 6 primary vote is the deciding ballot. That's less than three weeks away--and with a field of 14 candidates among the four districts, the choices for voters seem overwhelming.

About 50 folks came out for last night's forum for Districts 5 and 7 candidates, all lily-white. The group was given an opportunity to make opening and closing statements, and they each were asked five questions, which ranged from funding issues to charter schools to how the board works with the superintendent.

Read on for a recap of the forum and my recommendations:

4.15.2014

Spring, Rejoice


Even on a gray day like this, spring is filling my heart.




The truth of the matter is that spring is springing, and I'm realizing for the first time what a wonderful event that is, mostly because I'm seeing this spring through the eyes of our children. Just as the flowers are poking their tender heads through the cold dirt, so we have emerged from the dry gas-heat of our house, from the elongated darkness that arcs across the winter days, from the confines of the cold.

Warmth and spring flowers and trees in blossom are a form of rejoicing, of renewal, of excitement and eager grasping. Julia arrived at the playground this spring to find it incrementally smaller, to find the world's standard slightly easier to accomplish. Thomas, simply, gained access to the slides and ramps and swings that were only the domain of his sister as recently as November.

The lawn has already grown lush and thick, deep green for the most part, although there's still a good patch of chickweed to work on. I saw my neighbor walking his two Jack Russells last night while I was mowing, and I stopped for a minute to talk to him. We talked about grass and trees, and he told me his secret for a good lawn: "TruGreen." As if it were some kind of secret...

I love this lawn already, and already I want to make it a lush carpet, something cool for bare feet and kickball, a fragrant expanse for the haze of humid summer we can count from now in weeks.

The truth of the matter is that I see my children's eyes wide-open, and I am looking with them.