Board of Education: Dennis Goodwin, District 3 Republican

Dennis Goodwin, District 3 Republican

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

1. Do you support the bond referendum for schools?

I do. The monies to address overcrowding in western Carteret County, stand-alone gyms and improving safety and security at our schools is very important.

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

Safety of students and staff is paramount. In-person learning is best, but only when safety is not compromised. The hybrid model is best for now.

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

The CDC and the governor have given clear guidance as to how to keep everyone safe. Vigilance from staff, parents and students will ensure success.

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

The mental and emotional health of our staff and students. Pre-pandemic it was already a challenge and now it has only amplified with today’s challenges.

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

I support the best education possible for all our students. Dual enrollment and AP are already in place. Alternatives for some students requires exploration.

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?

If the money is available, definitely. The challenges of virtual learning and the abilities to learn in this manner will require our best efforts.

Part two: Meet your candidate 

Dennis M. Goodwin

Age 66. 1904 Clubhouse Drive, Morehead City. Cell is 252-626-3440 and email address is dgoodwin@nccumc.org. I have a 90-hour master’s degree with post-graduate training in counseling education. I am a retired United Methodist Pastor of 40 years and a retired U. S. Army chaplain (colonel) of 33 years. My wife is a retired high school English teacher. 

I have been involved in every community where I have lived, including schools, chambers of commerce and civic clubs. I have been on schools in excellence committees, volunteered to work with disadvantaged children in the elementary school and spearheaded the building of a long overdue elementary school. I have invested personal funds into 529 savings instruments for students whose families could not afford a college education. 

I am a proven leader wherever I have served with a willingness to make the difficult decisions for the greatest good. Whether on the local civic, state, military or larger church level, I have been blessed to rise to the level of leadership. 

I am not running out of a desire to promulgate a particular agenda, but to serve this community that served me so well. To serve those without and with voices is my primary goal.

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