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Gerald Totten for school board

By Greg Solomon
Posted Monday, November 6, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - Big day coming up tomorrow. I assume most of you may have made your mind upon most issues but for those of you have not or do not know much about the school board candidates I would like to let you know why I am voting for Gerald Totten for school board. To me, it is the most important vote you have tomorrow.

I have been deeply involved in the Chatham County school system for almost
15 years now. I have served as a PTA officer, ran after-school hands-on science programs, coached athletics, even ran for school board myself 6 years ago and 2 years ago served as campaign manager for our current school board chairman, Norman Clark. Thus, I have a pretty good idea of what is happening in the school system and the challenges we face ahead.

Gerald Totten brings many skills to the table that the Chatham County school system desperately needs. Gerald would bring 30+ years of leadership experience to the board. He is a retired Marine Corps Colonel who rose through the ranks after entering the Marineˆs as a private. That is quite an accomplishment in itself. He then has gone on to own his own management consulting company, ST PLANNING CORP. Gerald has served in plant supervisory roles in the manufacture of commercial buildings for several large corporations. Gerald was also project manager in the upgrading and remodeling of manufacturing plants in Siler City and in Albemarle, North Carolina. All of this construction and leadership experience will come in very handy as we start to build all of the new schools we so desperately need. Schools which must be built correctly the first time. And more importantly his construction experience will make a huge difference in how we manage and keep up the older schools we already have!

Besides having all this leadership and business experience, Gerald has been very active in the Chatham community. He served as chair of a Chatham school bond committee, which by the way came to see the same conclusion as the school board’s commissioned ISPAC study performed by NC State regarding school needs and school placement. He had been a business management instructor at Central Carolina Community College for several years and is quite aware of what our young people need to become a success. Gerald has also served on numerous other local committees: Hazardous Waste Identification and Safety committee, the Nuclear Waste Storage Site committee, the Landfill Siting committee and a four county job training Private Industry Council where he served as the chair for two years ú an unprecedented selection by the Council. In addition he was one of the founding members of The Triad Quality Forum, an organization made up of quality management professionals in the Chatham, Randolph, Forsyth, Alamance and Guilford counties. In recognition of that effort, he was appointed to former Governor Jim Huntˆs High Performance Workforce Team Development committee. Currently, Gerald serves on the Board of Equalization and Review for the taxing authority of Chatham County. Needless to say he is involved in our community and has already worked hard to make it a better place. I am sure if elected to our school board he will continue to work hard for us.

So, to me it’s easy to see why I support Gerald, but if you tie all that experience with school issues which he feels are important such as:
effective open communication, getting more dollars directly into the classroom, building energy efficient well thought out new schools, taking better care of the schools we already have and provide financial accountability to the taxpayer, it hopefully will be easy for you too!

Please vote Gerald Totten for district 4 Board of Education. The right choice at the right time. The time is now!

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