• 50°

Voters keep same school board

By Sarah Nagem
snagem@salisburypost.com
Rowan County voters decided against making any changes to the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education.
Incumbent board member Dr. Jim Emerson won more than twice as many votes as his challenger, Eric Trail, a school teacher in Cabarrus County.
Emerson was the only school board member who faced opposition. Incumbent board members Bryce Beard and Linda Freeze ran unopposed.
Emerson won 25,561 votes in the countywide election, compared to Trail’s 12,621 votes.
Emerson will continue to represent the eastern district of the county in his second term on the board.
Emerson, a former area superintendent for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, said his campaign received only $300 in donations for the race ó two from the N.C. Association of Educators and one from a former classmate.
He put out only a few signs, mostly in the yards of his wife’s family members.
“They were the signs I used last (time), four years ago,” Emerson said. “This is kind of a low-budget operation.”
Trail said he did not raise money for his campaign, and he did not advertise. He set up a page on the social networking Web site Facebook to get the word out, he said.
Emerson said board members might consider the lack of competition a vote of confidence from the public.
“Instead of people saying that people don’t want to run for the board, maybe it’s that they think we’re headed in the right direction,” he said.
Emerson said he expected the local educator’s association to endorse his opponent. Trail, who used to teach in the Rowan-Salisbury School System, is a former president of the group.
Moving forward, the school board has a lot of “unfinished business,” Emerson said.
He said he wants the school system to improve student achievement, reduce the dropout rate and get a central administration office.
At polling sites across the county Tuesday, some voters said they weren’t familiar with the candidates for the school board.
Holly Greene of Rockwell said she wasn’t sure if she voted in the Emerson-Trail race.
“I don’t know. Probably not,” she said. “I was mainly coming to vote for president, and that’s it.”
Elizabeth Pierce said she couldn’t remember who she voted for.
“I just kind of picked some of that because I wasn’t very familiar with those,” Pierce said.
But other voters had personal reasons for their choices for the school board.
“I had him as a teacher in high school,” 25-year-old Taylor Corl said of Trail. “He’s a very good person. (I’m) confident in what he could do.”
Ann Watkins of Granite Quarry said she voted for Emerson.
“He’s a member of our church, and I know the whole family,” she said.
Even though Beard did not face competition in the race, he watched the results at the county administration building in Salisbury.
Beard won 34,169 votes. But 709 voters opted to write in another candidate.
That’s more than the combined number of write-in votes in the Emerson-Trail race and for Freeze’s seat.
Beard, who will start his second term on the board, he said he was not surprised by the number of write-ins.
“Yeah, I’m a very controversial character,” he said. “But you would think one out of 600 people would have the guts to run.”
Beard said he was happy the current board will remain together.
“Now we’re going to be able to continue things that are in progress,” he said.
 

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

City officials differ on how, what information should be released regarding viral K-9 officer video

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls are 3A champions

Lifestyle

High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later

Local

With jury trials set to resume, impact of COVID-19 on process looms

Legion baseball

Book explores life of Pfeiffer baseball coach Joe Ferebee

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to receive update on competency-based education

Business

Biz Roundup: Kannapolis expects to see economic, housing growth continue in 2021

Business

A fixture of downtown Salisbury’s shopping scene, Caniche celebrates 15th anniversary this month

Local

Slate of new officers during local GOP convention; Rev. Jenkins becomes new chair

Landis

Landis officials narrow search for new manager to five candidates; expect decision within a month

Lifestyle

Together at last: High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools sorts out transportation logistics in preparation for full-time return to classes

High School

Photo gallery: Carson goes undefeated, wins 3A state championship

Nation/World

Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge

Nation/World

Biden, Democrats prevail as Senate OKs $1.9 trillion virus relief bill

Nation/World

Senate Democrats strike deal on jobless aid, move relief bill closer to approval

News

Duke Life Flight pilot may have shut down wrong engine in fatal crash

News

Two NC counties get to participate in satellite internet pilot for students

Local

PETA protesters gather in front of police department

Coronavirus

UPDATED: Eight new COVID-19 deaths, 203 positives reported in county this week

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Two charged after suitcase of marijuana found in Jeep

Crime

Thomasville officer hospitalized after chase that started in Rowan County

Local

Board of elections discusses upgrading voting machines, making precinct changes

News

Lawmakers finalize how state will spend COVID-19 funds