Republican Phyllis Criswell and Democrat Jim Roach each survived primary challenges in the race for Putnam County Superintendent of Schools and will face each other in the General Election.
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FAMILY: 2 daughters
OCCUPATION: 25 years in education in Putnam County, serving as a teacher, guidance counselor, principal, and assistant superintendent
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Facebook.com/VotePhyllisIn2012
This candidate has not responded to the WJXT/News4Jax.com questionnaire.
Personal information to the Putnam County Supervisor of Elections
FAMILY: Wife, Vicki, a math teacher; son, Patrick, a 6th-grade social studies teacher; daughter, Jamie, a 3rd-grade teacher
OCCUPATION: Dean of students/assistant athletic director at Crescent City Junior-Senior High School
EDUCATION: Bachelors of Science in Education and a masters degree in Educational Leadership
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None. "I'm an educator"
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?
- Morale of Employees
- Mandated District Curriculum/Lack of School Based Management
- Lack of Vocational Programs
HOW CAN YOU HELP VOTERS IN A WAY THAT OTHERS RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE CANNOT?
- "I can help voters in a way that the others can't because of my proven leadership in the district. As principal, I led Beasley Middle School to its only "B" rating in the school's history so I have experience in turning around a low performing school. Also, when I was principal at Beasley Middle School we had the lowest incident of violence in all the county schools for seven consecutive years"
WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?
- "Reuniting the administrators and the employees by including them in all decision making processes and letting them know their opinions and expertise is valuable to me. Also for the development of a magnet vocational school for Putnam County."