Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ELCTION 2004; Nassau County School Board District 2 Ensuring That Schools Continue to Make Progress Candidates' Goal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ELCTION 2004; Nassau County School Board District 2 Ensuring That Schools Continue to Make Progress Candidates' Goal

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Byline: Alison Trinidad, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

One candidate is challenging the incumbent in the Nassau County School Board's District 2 race, which will be decided in the election on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

District 2 covers the southern part of Amelia Island and areas between the island and Yulee, but all registered voters in the county are eligible to vote in the non-partisan race.

Challenger Elizabeth Joyce hopes to unseat incumbent Gail Cook, who is seeking her fourth term in office.

The winner will be sworn in Tuesday, Nov. 16. The annual salary for a School Board member is $24,310, but is subject to change in December by a vote of the board members.

Nassau Neighbors asked each candidate three questions. Here are their answers:

Gail G. Cook

Age: 52

Occupation: Customer service representative, Petroferm Inc.

Education: Bachelor of science in education, Georgia Southern College, 1974.

Incumbent: Has served on the Nassau County School Board since November 1992.

What are the two most important issues facing Nassau County schools?

1.) The primary issue is to ensure that our schools make Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind (program) by continuing to stress student achievement and teacher quality that led to our "A" school district recognition.

2.) Our challenge is to effectively address class size reduction and growth concerns in terms of teacher recruitment/retention and school space capacity and future construction funding.

How will you address those issues?

1.) I will continue to focus on providing resources to support instruction and student achievement, particularly reading achievement at all levels.

2.) I am an advocate for our many dedicated teachers, administrators and concerned parents. I value their insight into issues and decisions. I will continue to encourage cooperation and input from advisory boards, county commissioners, developers and staff to plan for future growth and school needs.

As a voter, why should I vote for you?

I am an experienced, dedicated member of a proven leadership team that has focused on student achievement. …

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