Board of Education: Jennifer Johnson, District 2*, Democrat

Jennifer Johnson, District 2*, Democrat

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

1. Do you support the bond referendum for schools?

Yes, will provide needed repairs and upgrades, while benefiting county by providing shelter in the new gyms during natural disasters, generating revenue from sponsored events. 

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

Children need to attend for their education, social and emotional health. Can only provide face to face instruction when we assure done in safest way.

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

Health, safety in our is my No. 1 concern. Every decision made by our BOE should always prioritize this, including COVID precautions, physical safety issues.

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

Lack of diversity in teaching staff, administrative positions; lower teacher supplement than surrounding counties; desperate need for free internet; prioritizing budget over repairs and safety.

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

I support MaST, an innovative and beneficial program, not only to our students, but our community. We should open it up to a Freshmen class.

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

Yes, we must do what is necessary to help students recover from educational opportunities missed due to COVID-19. Also continue to support our teachers, staff.

Part two: Meet your candidate 

Jennifer Johnson, 39 years old, 208 Meadows Lane, Newport

B.S. from University of Connecticut, wife and mother to three school-age children that attend Bogue Sound Elementary, small business owner, board member at Carteret Partnership for Children, member of NAACP, volunteer with Carteret Long Term Recovery Alliance, vice president of the PTO.

I have spent my career as a social worker, serving children from all walks of life. I will always be their biggest advocate.

I want the best for our students and staff. Having three elementary children in school, I will be an active participant for the next 13 years in our educational system. I would love to see our schools not only continue to thrive but make small changes such as increasing our teaching staff of HQ teachers of color, let MaST continue to operate and expand and provide opportunities to students underserved. 

I don’t think education is a partisan issue, all students deserve a sound basic education. I do though wholeheartedly believe equality begins with public education. We need to ensure every child is given equitable access to the tools and services they need to be successful. We also need to hold our county commissioners responsible for fully funding our schools. 

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