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McDowell great choice for school board

McDowell great choice for school board

To the Editor:

I support Randy McDowell for a seat on the Haywood County Board of Education.

I am a retired educator (college professor) and I believe that education shapes our future. I feel especially invested in our schools because I know how hard teachers work and how vital their influence is. I also know that support staff are especially significant to students and that their roles should be affirmed. They all work as a team to support the important work of raising children who will be our leaders one day.

After attending Pisgah High School, Mr. McDowell went on to graduate from Mars Hill University.

I served on the committee from Down Home NC that interviewed Mr. McDowell about his candidacy. His honesty and directness impressed us. At first, Mr. McDowell read his prepared statement, then answered many questions. I knew he would contribute much to the board. 

Mr. McDowell knows the system’s strengths and needs. Not only did he go to Haywood County Schools, his children did, too. Now he has a vested interest in his grandchildren’s experience. Over many years, he has interacted with students as a school bus driver and as a sports coach. In addition, it is important to note that Mr. McDowell is well-known and highly regarded in his community. He has a leadership role at Harris Chapel in Canton.

Candidate McDowell, speaking with authority and conviction, emphasized these goals: meaningful diversity (and anti-racism) training for all school personnel; active recruitment and retention of teachers and staff of color; a school culture that encourages stepping outside of comfort zones; and administrative support for educators who teach for equity. He loves all children, whether from hard-working blue collar families or privileged professional parents. They all need to learn how to get along in the same world.

Katherine Bartel

Waynesville

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