Monday, September 15, 2008

Jim Halsell for School Board

The race for Position 1 on the Fayetteville School Board has drawn six candidates, all of whom are to be commended for their willingness to serve and the campaigns they have waged. In reviewing their records of service and involvement, Jim Halsell stands out. When we met him at the Farmers Market last week, we were very impressed with his openness, his knowledge, and his positions on the issues. We also found it inspiring that the offering plate on his table was to make donations to support the FHS Band trip expenses to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Jim Halsell has a record of dedication to the public schools. He has served as President of the Washington Elementary Parent-teacher Organization, chaired the effort with the University of Arkansas to build an outdoor classroom, served as a Scout Master, and was named a Volunteer of the Year by the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation. Jim and his wife Michele, who is managing director of the UA Applied Sustainability Center, are fully involved as committed parents of three children attending the Fayetteville public schools.

Jim Halsell is also right on the important issues facing our schools. He backs the construction of a world class high school on the current campus in central Fayetteville. he is committed to hiring a qualified superintendent with experience as a teacher and a collaborative leadership style. He supports walkable neighborhood schools and the adoption of green building techniques for all school construction. Halsell is also discussing optimal school size and is open to revisiting and listening to patrons about the past decision to add 9th grade to the high school.

Jim Halsell holds an undergraduate degree in business and a masters degree in communications, both from the University of Arkansas and both of which should serve him well as a member of the school board. He has been endorsed by a number of local organizations, including the local Sierra Club and the local chapter of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees at the University of Arkansas.

Jim Halsell. Qualified. Committed. Informed. The best choice. Go vote.

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