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Goodman, Schultz run for District 1 School Board seat
by Angela Spencer
June 27, 2012 02:15 PM | 1861 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fulton County School Board District 1 incumbent Linda Schultz and challenger Rob Goodman will be competing for votes to earn the Board of Education seat representing parts of north Fulton.

Schultz currently serves as board president and has been a board member since 2005. She said she has been focusing on student achievement and financial management.

“I’ve been real pleased with some of the gains we’ve made but honestly there are some things we still need to do,” she said of her time on the board.

One such gain she mentioned was the recent support of charter schools, something Schultz said she was very excited about.

“I support charter schools,” she said. “We just approved a new charter school down in south Fulton, so that is one component of this overall feeling that we need to provide different options for students.”

As far as the budget goes, Schultz said she is pleased with the transparent process and believes the board has done well with a continuingly depreciating market.

“It’s never easy, but the budget we adopted we are much better than other school system,” she said. “We’re in good shape with our budget.”

Technology is also another educational component Schultz wants to advance, and she said with the special purpose local option sales tax voters approved the board will be able to do some exciting things in the next few years.

“We now have the funds to make some dramatic progress,” she said. “I think technology is going to provide us a way to individualize opportunities.”

Goodman, Schultz’s challenger, said he was involved with Roswell-area schools when his children were young, doing projects for the Mountain Park Elementary PTA and serving as the Local School Advisory board Chairman at Crabapple Middle and Roswell High School, but he has seen a decline that he’s not happy with.

“We came to north Fulton because the schools were good and we watched as our neighbors moved in because of the excellence in public education,” he said. “The system’s broken. I’ve heard a lot of excuses but I’ve seen nothing done to fix it.”

Goodman said it is a problem that the local public schools are not ranking high nationally and the public education prospects are no longer keeping people in the area.

“I’ve got corporate friends who are transporting out of the area because their kids are going to private schools,” he said.

One area Goodman said he wants to see more of is vocational education for students who may not pursue college.

“Our schools aren’t teaching it,” he said of vocational classes. “When you look at a class of 1,000 kids, not all of them are going to college. Those people need to be offered some kind of sustainable future.”

Along with his value of freedom of choice in education, Goodman said he applauds charter schools and does not like the idea of getting rid of independent charter schools in the area.

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