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Two incumbents face no opposition for KCS board

By Joanie Morris
Salisbury Post
KANNAPOLIS ó Two incumbents are assured of keeping their seats on the Kannapolis Board of Education because they’re running unopposed.
Doris Buchanan and Charles Mitchell filed to retain their seats on the board and have no challengers.
They both hold Cabarrus County seats on the board, which also includes a Rowan County area seat since Kannapolis straddles the county line.
Buchanan, of 900 Nance St., is a retired educator who has been on the school board for eight years. She previously served eight years on the Kannapolis Planning Board.
A graduate of Gibson High School in Scotland County, Buchanan came to Kannapolis to teach. She received her bachelor’s degree in primary education from Appalachian State University. She received a master’s in reading from Appalachian and received certification in administration and supervision from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
An active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, she is a founding member of the Kannapolis Pilot Club. She serves on the nominating committee of the Bible Teaching Association and also serves as a member of the Kannapolis unit of Retired School Personnel.
“I kind of waited to see if anyone else would like the opportunity,” Buchanan said on why she waited to announce her candidacy.
“The reason I ran this time … is it’s an exciting time,” she continued. “We’re involved in some really progressive things. It’s just a really good time to be involved.”
Mitchell, of 114 Suburban Ave., is a retired facilities engineer with a degree in textile technology. He will complete his eighth year on the school board in May.
Mitchell is a member of the Air Force Honor Guard Association and an Air Force ROTC instructor at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Mitchell said he is running again to maintain consistency in projects that are currently in progress.
Mitchell said his priorities on the board include updating and continuing to modernize and expand Kannapolis City Schools technology programs; completing renovations and modernization of school facilities; monitoring and enhancing the engineering technology curriculum and Freshman Academy at A.L. Brown High School; and beginning construction of the new high school wing, pending funding approval.
Todd Adams previously filed to run against incumbent Lee Efird for the board’s Rowan County seat.
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Contact Joanie Morris at 704-932-3336 or jmorris@salisburypost.com.

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