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Two vie for District 4 school board seat
by Noreen Cochran
May 07, 2014 10:28 AM | 1125 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
McDonough residents Virgil Brannon and Donna McBride will slug it out in the primary election May 20 for the Henry County Board of Education’s fourth district seat.

Brannon, 44, is the youth director of the nonprofit I Am Vision.
Brannon earned a master’s degree in business and a doctorate in religion counseling from Shepherd’s Care Bible College in Tampa, Fla., in 2010.
He is married with two children who attend public school.
Brannon is a political newcomer.
He said the biggest problem facing the school system is the implementation of Common Core state standards and how it will affect students’ transitions between grades and between high school and college.
“In one way it may seem like it will help a well-prepared student, but for others who may be struggling to catch up or just maintain, it leaves them behind,” Brannon said. “This [is] why I stand firmly behind school choice and vouchers. After all, what is school, if the complete focus is not on the students?”
Brannon said he is the best person to solve the problem because of his focus.
“My run for school board is not about me, it’s about them; the kids. I am just a father who wants the very best for God’s children because all of our kids are at risk, no matter what background they may come from, if they are without the skills necessary for success,” he said.

McBride, 51, is an education consultant and federal program coordinator in Stone Mountain.
She earned a bachelor of science in special education and language arts from Tuskegee (Ala.) University in 1985, a master of science in K-12 education leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 1988 and a doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Sarasota (Fla.) in 2003.
McBride is married with two children in public school.
This is her first run for office.
McBride said the school system’s biggest problem is a lack of parental involvement.
“Research shows that when parents are involved in their child’s education, the child’s academic performance increases,” she said. “Students with involved parents are found to be more balanced academically and socially. Regardless of the social-economic level or family background, children with involved parents are less likely to misbehave, are more sociable, take more rigorous courses in school and perform better academically.”
McBride said she is the best person to tackle the problem because she is a parent and 30-year educator.
“When given the opportunity to serve as a school board member, I will work to strengthen relationships between home, school and community, thus producing scholars and leaders that are self-sufficient and able to contribute to society,” she said.

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