First to answer was Heagarty who laid out the “untenable” positions that families have brought to the board. The two candidates in the race for district 9, representing Cary, joined the forum as well — incumbent Bill Fletcher and challenger Karen Carter. .td-post-small-box a:hover, When the areas we live in have a more diverse population, the schools serving them will have a more diverse population. I love receiving invitations to go see the work that is happening by our incredible teachers and administrators. .td-grid-style-4 .entry-title The district has to provide flexibility to our teachers, staff and our families. var td_animation_stack_specific_selectors=".entry-thumb, img"; } He advocates for transparency between the board and the community. #cancel-comment-reply-link:hover, a.vc_btn-black:hover, var td_ajax_url="https:\/\/ourtownapexnc.com\/wp-admin\/admin-ajax.php?td_theme_name=Newspaper&v=10.3.9.1"; Wake County Board of Education DISTRICT 8 The Wake County Board of Education is the local governing body of the County Public School System. .td-theme-wrap .sf-menu .td-normal-menu .td-menu-item > a:hover, .td_block_wrap .td-subcat-item a.td-cur-simple-item { color: #222222; color: #1e73be; .tdm-menu-active-style4 .tdm-header .sf-menu > li > a:hover, if ( -1 !== navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Mac OS X') ) { background-color: #ff7777; https://ourtownapexnc.com/candidate-interview-lindsay-mahaffey .tdm-menu-active-style5 .td-header-menu-wrap .sf-menu > .current-menu-ancestor > a, .tds-progress-bar2 .tdm-progress-bar:after, .td-post-content blockquote p, var td_magnific_popup_translation_ajax_tError="The content from %url% could not be loaded. } A parent of WCPSS students & an educator. font-weight:600; cite a:hover, tdLocalCache = { #td-outer-wrap .td-header-sp-top-widget .td-search-btns-wrap, background: -moz-linear-gradient(45deg, rgba(188,103,127,0.84) 0%, #edb493 100%); font-weight:600; .td_block_template_10 .td-related-title .td-cur-simple-item, }.td-header-style-12 .td-header-menu-wrap-full, Bottom row from left is Steve Bergstrom of District 8, Chris Heagarty of District 7 and Lindsay Mahaffey of District 8. } } .td-pulldown-syle-3 .td-subcat-dropdown:hover .td-subcat-more i, Incumbent member of the school board, Bill Fletcher, has represented Cary since 2013. .tdm-menu-active-style4 .tdm-header .sf-menu > .sfHover > a { .footer-social-wrap a:hover, .tdm-btn-style3:hover { } Steve Bergstrom To ensure that the Public School System in Wake County provides it's K-12 students with an unbiased, quality education that will prepare them to be productive American citizens. } } } color: #1e73be !important; “It is very, very difficult to make sure that everybody has what they are looking for, but we certainly are listening,” said Mahaffey. background: -webkit-linear-gradient(45deg, rgba(188,103,127,0.84) 0%, #edb493 100%); var tdLocalCache = {}; .td-theme-wrap .td-header-menu-social { var tds_theme_color_site_wide="#1e73be"; .td-pulldown-syle-3 .td-subcat-dropdown:hover .td-subcat-more i, The North Carolina State Board of Education, as legislated by the North Carolina General Assembly, provides statewide public school governance. Many studies have shown that students of color have a better educational experience if at least one of their elementary teachers is a teacher of color. The other thing I wanted to mention is that I had also reached out to various people from within Apex public schools to gather some of their questions, and they helped develop some of the questions in the questionnaire. #bbpress-forums .bbp-forum-title:hover, .td-theme-wrap .header-search-wrap .td-drop-down-search .btn:hover, var tds_header_style="9"; } #td-outer-wrap .td-header-sp-top-widget .td-social-icon-wrap { .td-post-template-11 .td-related-title .td-related-right:hover, } .td-pulldown-syle-3 .td-subcat-dropdown:hover .td-subcat-more span, No signup or install needed. “I have been able and committed to reaching across to people who have different points of view, different ideas and different perspectives on how we should operate our schools and how we need to serve our students,” said Fletcher. #bbpress-forums .bbp-topic-started-by a:hover, “At this time with everything that is going on, we need not only someone on this board that has education experience and whose children have been in Wake County for the past 6 years; we need someone who can bring that continuity of leadership that is student-centered,” said Mahaffey. .td-header-sp-top-menu, .td_block_template_11 .td-related-title .td-cur-simple-item, .tdm_block_column_content:hover .tdm-col-content-title-url .tdm-title, ,{ In addition to the major renovation at Apex High School, we have done life cycle renovations throughout many buildings including Apex Middle School. .sf-menu ul .menu-item a { font-size:12px; #td-mobile-nav .td-menu-socials-wrap a:hover i, .td_module_17 .td-read-more a:hover, Cary voters can view the full forum, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, online. .top-header-menu .menu-item-has-children li a { And on the topic at hand, Mahaffey said a poll went to NC and Wake County families, finding that roughly 30% of parents prefer virtual only, 30% preferred a hybrid option and 30% preferred all in-person schooling. .td-header-wrap .black-menu .sf-menu > .current-category-ancestor > a, District 8 (one seat) Steve Bergstrom. Ultimately, this is a much larger community issue and our schools can’t rely on assignments alone to diversify schools. .td-category-siblings .td-subcat-dropdown a.td-current-sub-category, } { } background: -ms-linear-gradient(top, rgba(0,0,0,0.7) 0%, rgba(0,0,0,0.8) 100%); .td-trending-now-wrapper:hover .td-trending-now-title, Being able to retain quality teachers is always important. div.wpforms-container .wpforms-form div.wpforms-submit-container button[type=submit], background: rgba(188,103,127,0.84); var td_animation_stack_general_selectors=".td-animation-stack img, .td-animation-stack .entry-thumb, .post img"; color: #1e73be !important; #bbpress-forums li.bbp-header .bbp-reply-content span a:hover, a.vc_btn-black.vc_btn_outlined:hover { .td_top_authors .td-active .td-authors-name a, var td_email_user_pass_incorrect="User or password incorrect! #bbpress-forums .bbp-forums-list li a:hover, background-color: #1e73be; ( function () { .tdm-menu-active-style4 .tdm-header .sf-menu > li > a:hover, .td_mega_menu_sub_cats .block-mega-child-cats a { this.block_type = 1; //block type id (1-234 etc) .widget_calendar tfoot a:hover, .tdm-social-item i { During my tenure on the board we also saw the addition of Apex Friendship Middle School to our community. Wake County Board of Education District 7: Chris Heagarty (incumbent) Rachel Mills ; Wake County Board of Education District 8: Steve Bergstrom ; Lindsay Mahaffey (incumbent) Wake County Board of Education District 9: Karen Carter ; Bill Fletcher (incumbent) functional website not found, Facebook linked. .td-pulldown-syle-2 .td-subcat-dropdown:hover .td-subcat-more i, .tdm-menu-active-style5 .td-header-menu-wrap .sf-menu > li > a:hover, “I think what parents who elect the school board want them to do is to get their kids back is school now.”. Subscribe by email. .td_mod_related_posts:hover h3 > a, .td-weather-information:before, } .td_block_trending_now .entry-title, #td-mobile-nav .td-register-section a:hover, htmlTag.className += ' ie11'; .comment-content blockquote p, .td-404-sub-sub-title a:hover, .header-search-wrap .td-drop-down-search:before { Lindsay Mahaffey (incumbent) District 9 (one seat) Karen Carter. .td-theme-wrap .td-mega-menu .td-next-prev-wrap a:hover { .td_block_big_grid_9.td-grid-style-1 .td-post-category, font-size:12px; } "item": { .td-mobile-content .td-mobile-main-menu > li > a { .td-mobile-content .sub-menu a { Moderator of the forum and chair of the Chamber board of directors, Rick Stephenson, asked the candidates to directly speak to student families with this question. "position": 3, .td-header-sp-top-menu .td_data_time { .td_block_template_1 .td-related-title .td-cur-simple-item, var td_magnific_popup_translation_image_tError="The image #%curr% could not be loaded. .tdm-menu-active-style4 .tdm-header .sf-menu > .sfHover > a { } } .header-search-wrap .td-drop-down-search:after, .td-header-sp-top-menu .td_data_time { } Listen to Election 2020: District 8 Wake County Board Of Education Candidate Steve Bergstrom and forty-nine more episodes by Holly Springs Deep Dive, free! } .td_block_template_17 .td-related-title .td-cur-simple-item, } .td_wrapper_video_playlist .td_video_controls_playlist_wrapper, } I am grateful for their input. .td_category_template_3 .td-current-sub-category, } I am always available over email, and I set aside time to speak with constituents (pre-covid) at coffee shops and libraries. 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