Jim Watson For School Board

Friday, August 1, 2014

Hixson residents, I urge you to vote for my colleague, Jim Watson, for School Board in District 3. Jim’s 42 years of diverse roles in education uniquely qualify him to be your advocate for effective educational policies and administrative oversight on behalf of the children of District 3. He has taught in numerous and diverse schools, conducted extensive teacher professional development activities, and influenced many students through coaching. He knows very well the current issues facing our schools. Most importantly, his # 1 priority will be to improve the classroom environment for teacher-student interactions, the bulls-eye where actual learning occurs. Jim believes as I do, that we can do better.

Moreover, Jim is running a grassroots, citizen-focused campaign that exhibits respect for the voter and your intelligence: no donations accepted; efficient campaign spending under $1,000; no cluttering the landscape with useless signs or billboards; no intrusive phone calls to your home; instead providing clear and honest information on his educational priorities and qualifications by visiting every neighborhood (usually by foot) in person; and staying in the classroom via dual enrollment geology by Bryan College and mentoring new teachers. Let’s reclaim local improvement of our schools!

Dean E. Cress

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