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The decision of the Wilson County Board of Education affects every child in Wilson County Schools. The responsibilities of the school board are nonpartisan and should reflect policies and programs that benefit all students.
Although retired from IBM as a communications manager, I am a former language arts and journalism teacher in Wilson County and Goldsboro city schools. My wife Ann Yelverton Barnes is a former educator with years of experience in Goldsboro and Wake County, 25 of which were at Broughton High School in Raleigh. Our combined experience in these systems gives us perspective on current education issues and the challenges they present.
As a parent and local attorney with children in District 7, Rhyan Breen brings a vested interest and a fresh face to the Board of Education. An active member of his community, Breen has demonstrated a willingness to keep an open mind, to listen to varying points of view and to be a tireless advocate for all children. In comments for the Times recently, he emphasized funding, teacher and student retention and long range plans for our schools.
This demonstrates to me that he is looking at Wilson County Schools as a long-term investment and not just this election.