Board of Education: Katie Statler, District 2, Republican

Katie Statler, District 2, Republican

Part one: Let’s talk the issues in 25 words or less.  

1. Do you support the bond referendum for schools?

I do support the bond referendum, it’s needed to bring our school buildings up to date.

2. Do you support school reopening in person, virtually or a hybrid model given the coronavirus pandemic?

I support reopening our schools if the virus numbers stay under control, with safety measures in place.

3. How can we best keep students and staff safe in our schools?

School resources officers in each school is the first step in keeping our students and staff safe.

4. What is a school need you feel has gone unmet?

School safety, being proactive in all schools is an unmet need in my opinion.

5. Do you support the continued operation of the Marine Science and Technologies Early College High School?

I do support the continued operation of MaST Early College High School.

6. Do you favor setting aside funds to help with remediation and other needs if students fall behind due to the pandemic and virtual lerning?

I do favor setting aside funds, our achievement gap is only being widened by the pandemic.

Part two: Meet your candidate 

I’m Katie Statler, a 33-year-old mom of three (ages 5, 7 and 9), and lifelong Carteret County (Newport) resident. I hold a degree in family and community services and child development from East Carolina University. I’ve served as Newport Elementary PTO president for three years, as well as 3 years as the Parent Advisory Council representative to the Board of Education. 

I’ve spent the past two years preparing to serve on the board – attending all BOE meetings, studying budget, educational legislation, policies and procedures. School safety is one of my top priorities, ensuring we are proactive, and never reactive when safety is concerned. Ensuring our teachers and students come first in every decision made in the board room is my goal. 

I live at 233 Legacy Lane, Newport, and can be reached at 252-725-3944 or


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