Newberry County School Board District 3 — Lucy Anne Meetze and Leila M. Caldwell


Caldwell


Meetze


Name: Lucy Anne Meetze

Age: 56

1. There is currently a teacher shortage, and the problem will be worse before it gets better. What are your ideas on encourage students to get into the field of education?

High schools need to continue to offer teacher cadet programs and current classroom teachers need to share the joys of teaching with their students. The state needs to increase public school funding so starting teacher salaries can be increased to be competitive with other professional fields.

2. In your opinion, what is the best way the District can spend funds, while still providing a quality education?

The district should utilize all of its available funds wisely because with the exception of the small local tax mileage increase, the district cannot expand its revenue base. All the of funds the district spends are ultimately for quality education for our children.

3. How do you think the School Board can best serve the children of Newberry County?

The board needs to ensure that each student has a safe, clean learning environment and an excellent teacher. Our teachers need quality administrative support in order to teach our children successfully. Every decision the board makes must be made with our children in mind.

4. What do you think is the biggest need in the District at this time?

To ensure that all of our children in grades K-5 learn to read in order for them to be successful as they progress through middle and high school.

5. In your opinion, what makes you more qualified for this position than your opponent?

I have an accounting degree as well as an education degree. Our school district receives local, state, and federal funding. My business degree enables me to understand the complexity of school district financial statements which helps me to make purposeful budget decisions. As a current classroom teacher, I experience firsthand the challenges facing our teachers, students and parents. I understand from daily experience the effects of mandated state testing and the increased responsibilities being placed on our teachers.

Name: Leila M. Caldwell

Age: 66

1. There is currently a teacher shortage, and the problem will be worse before it gets better. What are your ideas on encourage students to get into the field of education?

I have spoken with many high school and college students and I have encouraged them to enter into the teaching field because our students need them. They will be good role models others. I shared my thoughts and concerns with many male students. Some who graduated from high school and is subbing in this district now realized that they love it and are seeking a degree in education as well as females.

2. In your opinion, what is the best way the District can spend funds, while still providing a quality education?

The district can reduce class size at the elementary level. This will provide teachers with more opportunities to work with students one-on-one instead with five to six students in a group. We have too many students in Resource. This will reduce the number of Resource students at the middle school level.

3. How do you think the School Board can best serve the children of Newberry County?

As stated in the above question, reduce class size at the elementary level. Provide more programs for students (strings, more programs at the career center and etc.).

4. What do you think is the biggest need in the District at this time?

There is a need for more diversity of teachers in the classroom and more programs that will address the needs of all students. Some students are hands –on and they can excel well and become productive citizens if this district should provide more programs as other surrounding districts.

5. In your opinion, what makes you more qualified for this position than your opponent?

I have a total of 21 years in teaching and 16 years in administration. All of these 37 years were in the Newberry County Public Schools. I know the needs of students, teachers and principals. I am fair, honest, reliable, knowledgeable about Best Practices, and I will make the best decisions for our students. I know the ins and outs of how the district should operate and what the district needs to do to strengthen the academic needs of all students.

Caldwell
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Meetze
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