Board of Education: Travis Day (i), District 4, Republican

Travis Day (i), District 4, Republican

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

1. Do you support the bond referendum for schools?

Yes. This bond makes sense. We must make wise investments in school upkeep and be forward thinking enough to adequately prepare for future needs.

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

We should get students back in school full time, making safety a high priority, while offering 100% virtual schooling for those who need it.

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

Continue common sense practices and wise investments in needed safety precautions, including but not limited to school resource officers, building safety, security and surveillance equipment.

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

For teachers: professional development and technology resources to better support online teaching.

For students: practical, real-world education to provide life skills, technology proficiency and financial literacy.

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

No. Our limited resources are better utilized serving more students in our traditional high schools, providing opportunities through current Career & College Promise program options.

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?

We should first utilize federally available funds for pandemic-related needs, and then support local programs to help students who have fallen behind during virtual learning.

Part two: Meet your candidate 

708 Bay Street, Morehead City, 252-515-0101,,, age: 49

Wife, Mary Moran Day; daughters, Dylan (WCHS 11th) and Anderson (MCMS 8th) 

Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. MBA & BSBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School (finance concentration, with minor in mathematical science/computer science); graduate of West Carteret High School (Carteret County’s 1989 Morehead-Scholar nominee), Morehead City Middle School and Camp-Glenn Elementary.

Have served on BOE for four years (one as chairman); Carteret County AIG PAC chairman; Parent-Advisory-Council for MCMS, MES (chair for two years) & MCPS; Read Across America volunteer; WatchDog; rec volleyball coach; KFBS Undergraduate Faculty Advisory Committee; First United Methodist Church Scholarship, Stewardship and Finance committees.

With 23 years of teaching experience as a professor at UNC’s Business School, I understand the value of quality education. I apply business principles to make decisions concerning the BOE budget. I am truly fiscally responsible and respectful with tax dollars provided by citizens for our schools.

My daughters have attended Carteret County Public Schools for their entire education, attending the same schools my wife and I attended while growing up in Morehead. I have pride and a vested interest in our public schools.

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