Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 on Nassau School Board Face Challenge; Candidates Each Tout Their Skills, Experience as Reasons They Should Be Elected

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 on Nassau School Board Face Challenge; Candidates Each Tout Their Skills, Experience as Reasons They Should Be Elected

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Byline: CHERIE BLACK, The Times-Union

Incumbents in the Nassau County School Board elections Aug. 31 are each being challenged by one candidate for a four-year term in office.

In District 2, Elizabeth Joyce is running against incumbent Gail Cook, who has served on the School Board for the past three terms. The district covers the southern part of Amelia Island and areas between the island and Yulee.

District 4 incumbent Jim Adams is being challenged by Michael Franklin. District 4 covers the western part of Nassau County including Hilliard and Bryceville.

The other School Board seats are not up for election this year.

Cook said her experience spanning more than a decade qualifies her to continue her leadership in office.

"I will continue my effective contributions to decision-making and leadership of our 'A'-rated school district," she said. "My focus has been and will continue to be on student achievement."

In a statement on the county's Supervisor of Elections Web site, Joyce said that if elected, she will demand the same excellence from school administrators and staff as she has from herself. Her goals for the school system include budget reform, preparing the school system for the growth coming to the county, safety and discipline within the schools and encouraging schools to focus on teaching the basics.

Joyce did not return several phone calls and e-mails from the Times-Union.

In District 4, Franklin said he will bring a "fresh approach with leadership" to the School Board.

"I also offer sound business-based decision-making, employee relations experience, budget management and experience in the construction and maintenance of school facilities to meet the impact of growth on the school system for the betterment of all Nassau county children," said Franklin, who has been self-employed for 18 years and owns Hilliard Lumber and Michael Franklin Contracting Inc. …

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